Lucy Vickery

Diary stories

23 September 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3016 you were invited to submit an extract from the diary of the spouse of a high-profile…

Watching the clock

16 September 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3015 you were invited to submit a poem about Big Ben’s bongs.   The decision to remove…

From me to you

9 September 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3014 you were invited to submit a love poem written by one contemporary politician to another.  …

Flavour of the month

2 September 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3013 you were invited to submit a poem in praise or dispraise of August.   There was…

Reprogramming

26 August 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3012 you were invited to change a letter in the title of a well-known play and submit…

Bowing and scraping

19 August 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3011 you were invited to submit a disgustingly flattering poem in heroic couplets in praise of a…

Monster mash-up

12 August 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3010, a nod to the late, great George Romero, you were invited to provide an extract from…

Quotidian

5 August 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3009 you were invited to submit a poem about a domestic object.   I set this challenge…

Ig Nobel

22 October 2016 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2970 you were invited to supply an extract from an Ig Nobel Prize-winner’s speech that describes the…

The law is an ass

4 June 2016 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2950 you were invited to propose a new and ludicrous piece of legislation along with a justification…

Drinking partner

28 May 2016 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2949 you were invited to submit a poem about sharing a drink with a famous writer. I…

Wild thing

21 May 2016 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2948 you were invited to step into the skin of a species of your choice and provide…

Olden but golden

14 May 2016 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2947 you were asked to submit a poem in praise of old age. Old age gets a…

Post mortem

7 May 2016 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2946 you were invited to supply a verse obituary of a well-known person who has died in…

Exit strategy

30 April 2016 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2945 you were invited to suggest remarks guaranteed to get rid of a guest who is outstaying…

Much ado about nothing?

23 April 2016 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2944 you were invited to imagine what characters from Shakespeare’s plays would have made of this year’s…

Mismatch

16 April 2016 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2943 you were invited to submit a review of a well-known work of literature that has been…

Gender reassignment

9 April 2016 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2942 you were invited to submit a rhyme incorporating the lines ‘What are little girls made of?’…

Short story

2 April 2016 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2941 you were invited to supply a short story entitled ‘Diary of a Superfluous Man’. Turgenev’s Tchulkaturin;…

Seuss talk

26 March 2016 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2940 you were invited to supply Dr Seuss’s take on the US presidential race. Given his taste…

Preposterous pet

19 March 2016 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2939 you were invited to submit a poem about a famous person and an unlikely pet. There’s…

Gray matter

12 March 2016 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2938, to mark the tercentenary of Thomas Gray’s birth, you were invited to submit an ‘Elegy on…

For their eyes only

5 March 2016 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2937 you were invited to submit extracts from the diaries of the famous that their writers did…

Country music

27 February 2016 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2936 you were invited to propose lyrics for a new British national anthem. Tom Shakespeare recently suggested…

Valentine’s triolet

20 February 2016 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2935 you were invited to submit a Valentine’s triolet. A famous example of the triolet is Frances…