The Faithful Gazelle

Last month I travelled to woods in West Sussex with storyteller Inno Sorsy and Year Six children and their teachers from Harbinger Primary School in East London. It was my twelfth Writers’ Journey with the school.

This year we worked on a story from the Middle East called ‘The Faithful Gazelle’. All sorts of special writing was done in response to the story and the countryside around us. This poem, by Manesha, left everybody still when she read it out:


First take soft, smooth fur as gentle as the light of mid dawn.
Add bones stiff as stone.
Then attach 4 metal hooves to make a ‘click, clock, clack’.
Sprinkle a spoonful of quietness and a pinch of wild.
Finally place 2 sharp, shiny, grey horns.

by Manesha Yasmin

Thanks to Manesha for her beautiful writing, and to everyone else who took part. You helped make it another journey to remember!