Words Cannot Express (short story)

image ©  _Harry Lime_ via Flickr
image © _Harry Lime_ via Flickr

After reading the first line out loud, my mum falls silent.  I dig my nails into the palm of my hands.  She holds the piece of paper away at arms length while she reads and narrows her eyes.  Her reading glasses are in her bag but she always squints, claiming that they tend to smudge her mascara. Continue reading

Flashing around: June 2014 round-up

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Mildred passed Ernie the small silver jug of cream and he attempted to balance the blue cup and saucer on the thick ridges of his corduroy trousers.

extract from ‘Things We Do Not Talk About’

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Relaxation (short story)

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image © rosipaw via Flickr

She has bought a box of supermarket sushi for lunch, but all the green spaces and benches in the centre of town are so packed with people. Loud people. She wants to go somewhere and relax. She would like to be able to enjoy her lunch in peace and quiet. She hates seeing so many faces crowding round her. It is upsetting. She can feel herself becoming panicked. The panic feels like a snake. It pulls itself up out of her stomach and up through her throat; like a slow, venomous vomit rising into her mouth. Continue reading

Writing & book making workshop at VAMOS festival this Saturday

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This coming Saturday (4th June) I’ll be running a writing & bookmaking workshop in Newcastle with printmaker and book artist Theresa Easton as part of the VAMOS Festival. The workshop is FREE, but booking is required- to book a place click here. Continue reading