Listen: My top three Moth stories
Feb18

Listen: My top three Moth stories

YOU GUYS! I’ve become slightly obsessed with a podcast that I have been recommending to anyone and everyone and now it’s your turn. It’s called The Moth and produced in the US by a storytelling organisation of the same name that runs events called Story Slams where people get up on stage and share stories about their lives; no notes, just incredible storytelling. The podcast is a collection of audio recordings of...

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Read: Hannah’s list
Jan30

Read: Hannah’s list

In October last year, I took part in a production cleverly directed my friend Elli Johnson for the Everyman in Liverpool. Elli’s work, called 23,  formed part of the Everyword New Writing Festival. Her production took place over a series of locations. She mentioned this allotment she had discovered just off Back Canning Street and asked me to write something for it. The allotment is almost hidden; a small oasis nestled between...

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Read: Milk tart
Nov27

Read: Milk tart

image source   October 2014 On my 15 inch laptop screen the FaceTime picture transmits a fuzzy resolution and tinny sound, streaming a conversation from my kitchen in a Liverpool suburb to my parents’ kitchen table in Pretoria, South Africa. My mother’s right hand and forearm bound in white bandages, her thumb at an awkward angle from the stitches. Her eyes are a weary-grey and not the usual hazel-green. She looks up to my...

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Read: The wheels on the bus…
Nov21

Read: The wheels on the bus…

I glance around the room as people stream through the door and sign the register. I turn my head and WOAH! suddenly searing pain and a foreign object is wedged into my left nostril. There I am sitting cross-legged on the floor and eye level with a smiling toddler in a blue dress who has inserted her index finger up my nose. Split seconds of awkwardness pass while I wonder what is the best way to respond to this bizarre situation. My...

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Read: (im)perfect images
Nov14

Read: (im)perfect images

*warning: contains profanity. forgive me, it’s been a while…   A few weekends ago I went to a great talk by a woman who, by all standards of society, would be considered to have a successful career, life, kids – you know, ‘the works’. And as accomplished as she is, she admitted in her talk to sometimes doing that thing (that we ALL do) where you log onto Facebook late at night after a long day and...

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Read: Something Elsie….
Sep12

Read: Something Elsie….

  “Print doesn’t get more personal than this” Huck Magazine I sit and listen to Les Jones talking with his hands and describing how he assembles the Elsie magazine for distribution at his kitchen table, inserting weird and random postcards and prints like presents between the pages, selecting the pens, each envelope addressed with a different hand-drawn typeface, with his dog popping up from underneath to...

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