Today began with the shocking news that a very lovely woman had died. I met her on my writing course and hoped that we could become friends. My heart aches and I struggle to understand how so much life could simply be gone – it must be unbearable for her family. However, I’m not going […]
Photo by Igor Ovsyannykov on Unsplash Short story “We were going out for dinner,” Janey murmurs, sidetracked. She sighs. The grey silk dress whispers as it slithers down her body, settling perfectly to her curves. She shuts her eyes. She can sense his cool strong hand on her shoulder, thumb rolling over the […]
So there I was professionally looking at photos to see if they would be suitable for a website. As well as assessing for impact, emotional resonance and general prettiness, I was also trying to look at them from lots of other points of view. Would anyone be upset or offended by them? Were they inadvertently […]
I come from the north, From grey harling, drizzled crags and scree. Dandelion and burdock. Engage low gear now. Bacon for breakfast. Breaking in your boots. Passing places and bloody tourists. The library’s parquet gleam. Peewits and feral cats. Toasted arse against the Aga. Wellies and broken veins. Creosote on the fence. Shirt […]
I see you, teenage child. With your swagger and secrets. Sticking your flag in new territories. Of course, I’m boring. Show me a mother who isn’t. It’s our gift. To you. A life solidified – a crash mat made of person. Ready for your ungrateful bounce.