Seagulls (from Seagull Harbour)

Module: Life Writing (Level 6)


  • Joanna Hemmings


Poetry, Life writing


This poem has been lifted from my Seagull Harbour story on the Life Writing module. The story was about my return to a childhood holiday town, exploring the intersection of childhood memories and my adult impressions. I structured it in short sections, combining prose with occasional stanzas of poetry, taking inspiration from the Japanese form of ‘Haibun’. ‘Seagulls’ is the conclusion to the story and I think it can stand alone as a poem in its own right.

Author Biography

Joanna Hemmings

Joanna Hemmings is a mature student at Leeds Beckett University, soon to be graduating with a first class honours degree in English with Creative Writing. She has a substantial employment background, primarily in management and organizational roles and hopes that her return to education will give her the tools to forge a more desirable career path in teaching or editorial positions. Her lifelong love of literature, which fondly began with The Tiger Who Came to Tea, has been harnessed and enthusiastically applied to all modules encountered on the course. Joanna will begin postgraduate studies at Leeds Beckett University in the new academic year.