stories

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object storymaking

I love the storymaking role that objects play – the museumification of ourselves through the items we find, and acquire, and keep. I should probably get rid of these dustcatchers, but each one has a story that anchors me back to a time and place. What are your objects? 

who are these people?

The slum boy sleeping in shopping bags, the Victorian awkward bride, the Japanese street stylists, and the Ku Klux Klan. We don't know who they are, but we can play with who we want them to be. These are images I use as creative writing prompts. As writers, how can we make sure we inject compassion into our work?

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#Storyobjects: shell necklace

I began this shell necklace as a child and have added to it from beaches all over the world ever since. I didn't know back then that shells were once seen as protective amulets and that necklaces made of shells were worn by children to keep them safe and close to home. Every shell here is a story and a journey.   

modern woman's reading list

'If we don't read books by women, we're missing essential data', says author Deborah Levy. So here it is: a reading list of 50 books that have inspired or influenced me as a woman and shaped my understanding of womanhood over the years. What books would you add to this list? 

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what is home? where is home?

Discovering a playhouse is being used as a sleeping shelter got me thinking about home and belonging - at the same time as I'm preparing to be writer-in-residence for the Brighton SWAY exhibition all about migration, identity and borders. Where is your home? What are your journeys? 

Watermarks anthology 2017

My story Unswimming will appear in the Watermarks anthology, published in May 2017 by Frogmore Press. The anthology features new fiction from over 50 authors exploring wild swimming in rivers and seas, lakes and lidos. Read the essay and inspiration behind my story and buy the anthology in Waterstones.