Category Archives: Published Work

The Magpie – Friday Fictioneers, June 2021

Here, in this hide-away, are the missing pieces of several jigsaws. Letters I’d misplaced, whole bundles of them, and others which have never reached me… all here. My diaries, the illicit gifts furtively unwrapped and hidden away, cherished photographs of … Continue reading

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Stuff – Friday Fictioneers, June 2020

“So you’re training to be a what…?” “An architect… designing stuff.” Harold thoughtfully rubs his stubble. “You designed that?” Justin grins.  “Won an award for it an’ all.” “So what is it?” “You don’t know?” “Nope” “It’s a symbol of … Continue reading

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Class of ’89 – Friday Fictioneers, May 2021

There are good years in teaching, just as there are in wine-making. Some years produce a full-bodied vintage of budding physicists, doctors and computer scientists; others satisfy the less discerning palate with a bland array of glib-tongued sales executives, politicians … Continue reading

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Clean Break – Friday Fictioneers, May 2021

It’s a good-natured split; why wouldn’t it be?  They practically grew up together. “You sure you’re okay with the Le Creuset set?” she says, doubtfully.  “If you like I’ll swap it for the slow-cooker.” “I’m good,” he says.  “I’ve more … Continue reading

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The Time of his Life – Friday Fictioneers, 21 April 2021

“Why would you want to walk on the beach when it’s a challenge for you to even walk on the pavement,” she’d said sharply this morning. He’d bitten his lip, turning to gaze out to sea. As ever, in hearing … Continue reading

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A Place for Everything – Friday Fictioneers, January 2021

  There’s an air of orderliness about him that I wouldn’t have expected. But when she brings in the tea, pale amber liquid, baby-pink wafers, china cups with impossibly diminutive handles, I understand more clearly. She sits, primly smoothing her … Continue reading

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Snap!

She twangs the elastic mercilessly against her inner wrist, and the compulsion subsides. She can do this… everything will be fine. Within a minute, the feelings resurge.  That gnawing sensation in her gut, a rising flutter of panic in the … Continue reading

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Him Too – Friday Fictioneers, October 2020

She’s been depleted by it all. The whispers, accusations, police, lawyers, the attention-seeking dewy-eyed young women queuing up for their fifteen minutes of fame. Justice may have ultimately prevailed, but at what cost to his reputation, their social standing, even … Continue reading

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One Careless Owner – Friday Fictioneers, September 2020

Thin fingers, unnervingly strong, grip my wrist. “Put it back.  It’s not for you.” “It’s for sale,” I protest, “it’s priced.” She prises it from my fingers, returns it to the shelf. Seething, I drift over to the jade carvings, … Continue reading

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Will You Be Staying Long…? Friday Fictioneers, June 2020

“Side plates on the left,” says my mother-in-law. Piss off. “…and where’s those egg-cups I gave you?” Oh hell, charity shop probably.   “Sleep well, Julia?” “The bed was somewhat lumpy, I thought.” “Ah… you found the pea then…” “Pea?” “Tea?” … Continue reading

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