Day 14 of the 26 Day Big Shut Up: Terraced? Semi? Detached? Silence Hush Descends.

You gotta decide the lighting,

It’s November, remember.

You gotta agree,

Sort it out reasonably.

You gotta think it out,

You’ve gotta act quick.

Silence hush descends.


You’ll need pools of light

You’ll need water, air, space.

Somewhere to park the car

When the days close in.

Can I get a red phone box?

Can I get an allotment?

Silence hush descends.


You’re gonna see nothing

With windows like that.

You’re gonna be a resident, remember.

You’re gonna freeze to death with walls like that.

Are we gonna pretend?

That we have to pay mortgages an’ ‘owt?

Silence hush descends.


You gotta make a choice,

Or you’re gonna get stuck.

Best to say little,

If you’re not sure.

If you don’t wanna pay for ‘owt can we live in a toilet?

We could use our imagination.

Silence hush descends.


Everyone’s gotta live somewhere

Everyone’s gotta have a place

They can call their own.

But if you’re gonna want a family.

But if you’re gonna get you a mortgage,

You gotta be quick, you gotta be sharp,

You gotta get rid of those ghosts that moved onto your land.


Silence hush descends.


Written in response to the challenges aired by young people from Year 7 Kingstone School, Barnsley on their future housing prospects.


The TMC staff team are going to support the campaign by taking part in the Mighty (UN)Mute, a day-long vow of silence, on the 5th October. If you want to join us on the day and take a vow of silence, then please check out the campaign here. 

Of if the thought of donating your silence for 24 hours is really too much, then you can donate your hard-earned disposable income here.

Or if neither of these is possible (and heaven knows we’re all in tough financial times right now), then anything you can do to share and shout about the campaign would be equally welcome and appreciated.

So… come and help me to shut up, once and for all. You know you want to.

Author: drnicko

Awarded an MBE for services to arts-based businesses, I am passionate about generating inspiring, socially engaging, creative practice within educational contexts both nationally and internationally.

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