The Brutal Truth

#everydayinspiration Let the scene write itself is the prompt on Day 10 of the Everyday Inspirations course on Blogging University so let me do just that, except this time it's not fiction, it's mundane daily fact. The neighbourhood I live in is gripped by the terror of an imminent bloodbath between rival drug gangs, the…Read more The Brutal Truth

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Willesden Herald New Short Stories # 9

If anyone's interested, the Willesden Herald New Short Stories competition is accepting submissions for this year's publications. Full details are available at http://us13.campaign-archive2.com/?u=34a07b919242e240e64d09998&id=123ef45e3b&e=022b974896. One of the much coveted awards is a Willesden Short Story Prize mug, as well as the privilege of having your story read by actors in front of a live audience, international…Read more Willesden Herald New Short Stories # 9

What a day, what a meal

It's a warm day so I got up, really early, don't laugh, about 7.30am. Did my usual thing, medicine, shower, dressed. Then, coffee and some toasted germagrain, smeared with beetroot hummus and half an avocado. I know, get him. Then I sat down and tuned in, got Cab Calloway going on the stereo and, coffee…Read more What a day, what a meal

We teach LIFE, sir

PALESTINIAN refugee poet and performance artist, RAFEEF ZIADAH got a five minute, standing ovation for her show in the Abbey Theatre, Dublin on Sunday, as part of the International Literature Festival. Her performances were captured by Irish film director, Terry McMahon. Do yourself a favour, watch this   https://youtu.be/aE-PMwDw5Oc and then this, Shades of Anger…Read more We teach LIFE, sir

Commandoes in the Dunes, a parable of puberty

I was shocked when I learned girls grow up faster than boys. While I worried about how to buy the bone handled penknife in the souvenir shop on the Main St my sister and cousin linked hands and giggled. It was like they were sharing something to which I was excluded. It wasn’t as though…Read more Commandoes in the Dunes, a parable of puberty

Finnegans Wake: Book 1.4 — Secret Diary Of PorterGirl

This chapter finds our eponymous hero Here Comes Everybody seemingly having a dream that he is dead, or a dream that he is Finnegan (who may or may not be dead, despite the fact he has clearly had a wake). Could be both. There is mention of traitors at the wake and HCE is conscious…Read more Finnegans Wake: Book 1.4 — Secret Diary Of PorterGirl