May Post

May 10, 2011 § Leave a comment

May post means ‘post by poets’ but it also means May news, I guess. We do have some news for you. The first being, that we have four new tiger poems – courtesy of Julie Boden, Sarah James, Caroline Gill and Elaine Christie. Read their wonderful poems here

Our second piece of good news is that we are now supporting the Born Free charity. All future events/readings will support their work, and all money raised at these events will go to them. However our Justgiving Donations page (which can be found on our website) is still in direct link with WWF — so feel free to dig deep and support their Save the Tiger campaign.

We would like to remind you that submissions are still ongoing. We hear from lots of new writers every week, of all ages and abilities. So please do send us an email if you would like to get involved.

Happy May 10th everybody,

Roar xx


March 1, 2011 § 1 Comment


A unique poetry event staged at Bookmark Bloxwich, featuring highly acclaimed poets from across the country; including former Birmingham poet Laureate Julie Boden, Born Free poet in residence Richard Bonfield, poet Jacqui Rowe, novelist and playwright David Calcutt, and award winning journalist Sarah James. The aim of the event is to raise awareness of the tiger’s fight for survival in the face of drastically declining numbers across the world. ALL proceeds will go to the World Wildlife Fund ‘Save the Tiger.’

Doors open 7.30. Event will be hosted by founder of the Tiger, Tiger campaign Helen Calcutt, and and novelist/poet/playwright David Calcutt 

To book, please call 01922 653183

For more info please em@il

Our tiger readers – Jenny Hope, Lucy James, Jacqui Rowe, Ruth Stacey, Richard Bonfield, Sarah James, Janet  Smith, Gary Longdon, Julie Boden and David Calcutt

Virginia McKenna

February 25, 2011 § Leave a comment

Born Free founder, writer, actress and animal rights activist Virginia McKenna has agreed to support Tiger, Tiger.

In response to the Launch Event, happening on March 5th at Bloxwich Library Theatre, Virginia states;

 ‘I wish them well. And it is wonderful to know that Born Free’s Poet in Residence, Richard Bonfield, will be part of such an important opportunity to raise awareness about, and funds for the critically endangered tiger’

If you would like to be a part of this happening, then please call 01922 653183  to order tickets. £5 a pop, but all money goes to the World Wildlife Save the Tiger fund. If you would to donate immediately, then follow the donation links on our blog 

Look out for a Tiger press release, coming soon!

Love, thewrittenimage x

Tiger News, Richard Bonfield

February 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

   Tiger, Tiger is proud to present Richard Bonfield, our headline act at the Tiger Launch Event next month;

“Richard Bonfield, the poet in residence for the Born Free Foundation is delighted to have been invited to perform at the Tiger Tiger slam/reading  at Bloxwich library on Saturday the 5th of march. Richard is proud to represent Born Free and feels honoured that he is now in a position to give everyone “paws for thought” re the plight of tigers worldwide. Richard used to see tigers as a child, much as William  Blake used to see angels in the trees and now he knows why! It has taken him 20 years to reach this juncture; but he now feels that he is doing what he should be doing and those tigers seen on the stairs as a child now make sense in the wider scheme of things.

So what are you waiting for? It is up to all of us to help save the ark of Gaia so come down to the library  and do your bit.

Everyone is Noah now!”

To read more about Richard (and we suggets you do) then just follow the link below : )

Happy roaring

Tiger, Tiger Launch

February 4, 2011 § Leave a comment

March 5th will see the launch our Tiger Campaign, hosted at the new Bloxwich Library Theatre. Readers include former Birmingham poet Laureate, Julie Boden, Flarestack co-director, and poet Jacqui Rowe, award-winning poet Sarah James, and playwright, novelist and poet David Calcutt.

Tickets cost £5. ALL proceeds go to charity.

To reserve please contact us at, or the Library on 01922 653183

With love,

The Written Image

Tiger reading…

February 4, 2011 § Leave a comment

Our very own Sarah James reads her Tiger poem @ Learn , Eat, Perform November 2010. Enjoy!

For more on  Sarah, visit her website here

January 2011…

January 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

Happy New Year Tigers : )

We have three new writers for you – Poet Rosemarie Rowley, short story writer Siobhan Harper and poet Jenny Hope.

You can read their moving and beautifully composed pieces here, or on our website

Happy reading…feedback much appreciated.

With love,

The Written Image

And our new Tiger is…

December 6, 2010 § Leave a comment

….Jackie Fallows!

Seeing as we had four new writers in our November post, we thought it might be best to just have the one this time. We also think this particular submission deserves all your attention 🙂 

There’s Only One Shere Khan is a rather poignant and beautiful poem. Most certainly worth a read.   You can find Jackie’s poem here….comments more than welcome.

Helen x

Gareth Partington…

November 28, 2010 § Leave a comment

…is a highly skilled artist and photographer, as you can see….

And so here is the first of our Tiger, Tiger illustrations, courtesy of Gareth Partington. We think its simplicity and deft exploration of shadow and light make this image striking, beautiful and unique.

For more on Gareth and his work, please visit his website – it’s certainly worth a look @


November 24, 2010 § Leave a comment

@ Birmingham Central Library

As part of our bid to save Tigers and raise awareness, myself and Peter Tinkler will be hosting a Tiger Awareness arts and crafts day at Centre for the Child, Saturday 27th November.

The theme is MASKS; so there’ll be lots of card, paint, glitter, stringy bits, tassels, roaring…and POEMS. We’ll be taking the very finest writings of our Tiger ‘submitees’ and using them in the workshop to stimulate and inspire – the aim is to integrate the words into the mask itself, so we have a mask that informs, poetically, on the plight of the Tiger. Spiffing!

Adults are also welcome, so if you fancy getting a bit messy and having some fun for an hour or two, then saddle your shakes and gallop on down to the City Centre for 12pm. Session ends at 1:30 – just in time for story time.

This is all about creative education; learning the facts about Tigers, and what we can do to help. This alone should be enough to get those pennies just SCREAMING to come out of the jar and straight into our Tiger donation bank.

Helen : )