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  • Mindfulness

    Nov 20, 2019 by

    Breathe in and out and notice Five things you can see cracked floorboards stretch away hair balls simmer along skirting boards iced with dust lost socks marooned under my bed Four things you can hear downstairs’ TV muffling outsides’ traffic distancing my breathing suffocating rain falling Three things you can touch cracks between the cracked… Read more

  • Violet – WRITING CHALLENGE WEEK 5

    Nov 3, 2019 by

    Week 5 Prompt: Write a story about your favourite fictional character. “Ms Baudelaire, your brother rang, they’re about ten minutes away,” her assistant said, poking her head through the library door. “Thank you, Esme.” The name still made Violet shudder despite hiring her over two months ago. However, a name, no matter how repugnant its… Read more

  • What can I do to help?

    Nov 1, 2019 by

    You say, Meet me here. It’s not far. You can work out the route. You say this at the far end of the sofa the middle has sunk down to form a cavern that I cannot navigate. Separated by this cavern by this cushion your arm straddles the gap to my side like a handlebar… Read more

  • Housewife Lost at Sea

    Oct 29, 2019 by

    Mermaid, you married your house and you divorced yourself. As I pull you onboard, you seem battered by brooms, pale and lifeless, hanging like linen as I had expected. Draped around you is a flannel shirt and apron made of hot-pots and Tupperware boxes covered in eggs and spit. White dish cloths cling to your… Read more

  • The Testaments – BOOK REVIEW

    Oct 11, 2019 by

    The Testaments, by Margaret Atwood, is the sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale that I never realised I needed. To say I was excited for this book to be released would be a huge understatement. Fortunately, I was not disappointed. This was one of those books where I stayed up until 1am just to finish reading… Read more

  • An Elegy for a Box

    Oct 8, 2019 by

    The small wooden box on her mantelpiece was stainedwith echoes of her paper-thin fingertips tapping the lid, lingering in the mist of dust. The lid arched like herback and the box was engraved in gold which matched the mustard-coloured fade-marks on the Persian rug.I ran my finger across the top. It felt like gravel. Touching… Read more

  • Anna’s Gift List – WRITING CHALLENGE WEEK 3

    Oct 4, 2019 by

    Week 3 Prompt: Google “weird news” and write the first story that comes up. Anna’s Gift List Minimum £300 for a gift please. As soon as Anna has typed the words, she winces, remembering what her mother said. “It’s because none of the guests are your friends.” She wheels back in her chair and focuses… Read more

  • Wendy

    Oct 1, 2019 by

    Once, I was promised eternal youthbut I turned it down.In my nightgown, with wrinkled hands,a slightly scratched wedding ring and plaguedby a constant urge to sigh,I can’t help but wonder, dear, what you are doing now. How hungry I was for that fairy-dusted midnight sky!How sensible I was in closing the curtains,eventually. Before I was… Read more

  • Surprise – WRITING CHALLENGE WEEK 2

    Sep 25, 2019 by

    Week 2 Prompt: An unexpected event Surprise The balloons on the staircase should have been a giveaway, but Grace had other concerns. Her mum’s house was the only other place she could have gone. She still had a house key, so she texted ahead to check if they were in; they were all out for… Read more

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