Friday’s Letters


Perfect Pigeons!

Hello Folks!
Ok, so sorry to anyone that is not a fan of pigeons! This week, I admit, I have become a little obsessed! After finding and helping the racing pigeon, then writing this week’s Creative Writing Class on the theme of pigeons, I was gardening in my allotment and found this beautiful wood pigeon nesting right in my cherry tree! She looked so beautiful hidden amongst the branches.

Jane wrote to me and sent this beautiful picture of pigeon’s sunning themselves in her local area, and Jane had also completed task 3 from this week’s class, which I have included below along with her writing.

Response to task 3: A reminder of the task – which was to look at the pigeon below (which for anyone that wants to know is a Nicobar Pigeon), and to write about it inventing a new name and habitat – Jane’s brilliant response is below the photograph.

In my imagination, this is the Glowing Emerald Fire Bird, a pigeon of myth and legend. This pigeon lives in a nest on the highest treetop of the forest, and glows in the dark like a beacon, illuminating the forest floor and keeping the other birds and small animals of the forest safe from danger. The Fire Bird glows brightly, and is protected and cherished by all the other creatures who bring little offerings of food for the bird to eat. The animals bring berries, and place them at the base of the tree. The birds of the forest then fly up holding the berries in their beaks, placing them by the side of the nest for the pigeon to eat. It is said that the nest of the Glowing Emerald Fire Bird is built by the other birds, with help from the animals who gather twigs and vegetation. They all wish to attract one of these beautiful pigeons to come and live in their area of the forest.

Tomorrow’s art challenge will also follow the pigeon theme!! Then I promise a change for our final week of the blog. Someone once said to me that being inquisitive one of the most brilliant attributes to have. It means that it doesn’t take much to spark of a whole line of activity and that you will never be bored! This has certainly proved to be true this week.

See you tomorrow for the art challenge.

With best wishes,

Published by Emma

Hi my name is Emma! I am a writer and artist. I work for the NHS at Converge ( and I am also an MA graduate in Creative writing and am currently studying for a PhD in Humanities. I have been leading a creative writing class at the beautiful St Nicks in York ( for the last five years. When I am not at work I'm on my allotment or at Base Camp (my home) planning new adventures.

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