Keep The Fire Alight

7 October 2015

Keep The Fire Alight

Bare skin on plastic, a collage of ether dreams, now crystallised.

A 500-word short story I entered for the September CultOfMe┬ácompetition –┬áI didn’t win. I know, scandal.

The brief was to write 500-words or less inspired by the accompanying image. I really enjoyed writing it, and…

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Snowmen

4 September 2015

Snowmen

Rationed voices croak: Not today, I’m saving that tin of something.

Every city, a constellation of sufferers,
As if some artist in the sky
Flicked a paint-soaked brush across the map marking each spot damned.

Down every alley and up and through every high rise
The sound of stomachs…

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A Human Crisis

3 September 2015

A Human Crisis

People. That’s all they are, they are not migrants, they are fellow human beings.

The Jungle in Calais, the island of Kos, the border of Macedonia and Greece – these are all points at which refugees have converged, seeking a better life. Yet our (UK) government’s rhetoric remains…

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A European Tragedy

13 July 2015

An EU and a Greek flag fly in front of the Parthenon

They are so committed to their ideology that even human suffering at its hands cannot sway them. In fact, deep down, they welcome it.

I’ve been following the Greek crisis in the last few weeks with an almost religious fervour and If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that the EU (ahem, Germany) is committed to austerity. To…

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Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts – Book review

14 May 2015

Shantaram by Gregory  David Roberts

I can proudly say that its pages are now tattered through turning as opposed to through some kind of industrial accident.

This novel has been around a while; originally published in 2001 it has since sold over 4 million copies. This is a wildly successful book. I should have heard of it, but I hadn’t….

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