Lucy Vickery

Poet’s choice

19 April 2014 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2843 you were given a list of poets’ surnames — motion, bridges, wilde, gray, cope, hood, burns…

Putdownable

12 April 2014 9:00 am

In Competition 2842 you were invited to compose the most off-putting book blurb that you could muster. There’s just space…

Michael Craig-Martin pokes a giant yellow pitchfork at the ordinary

5 April 2014 9:00 am

Visitors to Chatsworth House this spring might wonder if they have stumbled through the looking-glass. The estate’s rolling parkland has…

Vice verse

5 April 2014 9:00 am

In Competition 2841 you were invited to paint an amusing portrait in verse of the vice and folly of humankind.…

De haut en bas

29 March 2014 9:00 am

In Competition 2840 you were invited to provide an extract from the autobiography of a modern-day celebrity, ghostwritten by a…

Art of darkness

22 March 2014 9:00 am

In Competition 2839 you were invited to submit a poem about the darker side of spring. There were references in…

Fifty-something

15 March 2014 9:00 am

In Competition 2838 you were invited to submit a short story entitled Fifty Shades of whatever you chose. It was…

Reunion blues

8 March 2014 9:00 am

In Competition 2837 you were invited to submit a poem on the horrors of a reunion dinner. In days gone…

All together now

1 March 2014 9:00 am

In Competition 2836 you were invited to coin collective nouns for the following: tweeters, hackers, hoodies, WAGS, environmentalists, bankers, MPs…

Lonely hearts

22 February 2014 9:00 am

In Competition 2835 you were invited to submit a profile for an online dating website for a well-known politician, living…

Hard-boiled Blyton

15 February 2014 9:00 am

In Competition 2834 you were invited to submit an extract from a classic of children’s literature rewritten in the style…

Dear diary

8 February 2014 9:00 am

In Competition 2833 you were invited to submit an extract from the adolescent diary of a well-known public figure, living…

Burns Night address

1 February 2014 9:00 am

In Competition 2832 you were invited to compose an address to an item of food. The assignment was inspired by…

Essence of…

23 January 2014 4:00 am

In Competition 2832 you were invited to compose what might be a quintessential opening paragraph from the pen of either…

Talking shop

18 January 2014 9:00 am

In Competition 2830 you were invited to choose, from different authors, two characters who have the same job or position…

Culture shock?

11 January 2014 9:00 am

In Competition 2829 you were invited to imagine what Philip Larkin might have made of the news that Hull has…

That was the year that was

4 January 2014 9:00 am

In Competition 2828 you were invited to submit a retrospective verse commentary on 2013. Reasons to be cheerful are, apparently,…

Walk on the wild side with the Gruffalo

14 December 2013 9:00 am

If, like me, you are allergic to pantomime (‘Oh, no you’re not!’; ‘Oh, yes I am!’) then help is at…

Dear Santa

14 December 2013 9:00 am

In Competition 2827 you were invited to submit a Christmas list, in verse, in the style of the poet of…

Winter’s tale

7 December 2013 9:00 am

In Competition 2826 you were invited to submit nonsense verse on a wintry theme. The line between sense and nonsense…

Picture this

30 November 2013 9:00 am

In Competition 2825 you were invited to supply a poem for a well-known painting of your choice. The poet and…

Sporting double

23 November 2013 9:00 am

In Competition 2824 you were invited to submit double clerihews about a well-known sporting figure past or present.   The…

Pet project

16 November 2013 9:00 am

In Competition 2823 you were invited to submit a school essay or poem written at the age of eight by…

Shakespeare does Dallas

9 November 2013 9:00 am

In Competition 2822 you were invited to submit an extract from a scene from a contemporary soap opera (television or…

Nick Cave is still raising hell

2 November 2013 9:00 am

As Sunday night’s storm clouds gathered, one of rock’s great polymath-storytellers whipped up a tempest of his own on the…