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Write On! Features: Sink Or Swim? by Claire Buckle

By Claire Buckle When an offer to present six short story writing workshops onboard Tui’s Marella Explorer 2 cruise landed in my inbox a year ago, it might surprise you that my instant reaction wasn’t a resounding ‘yes, please.’ Naturally, there was the temptation to accept a free all-inclusive 16-day cruise ...

Monday Moments: Nature Of Growth + Transformation

Introduced By Holly King For our last Monday Moments on the theme of Nature, we’re focusing on the nature of growth and transformation. Did you know that the lotus flower is the symbol of self-regeneration, rebirth, and enlightenment? Nature has many connotations with transformation and, as we move out of Winter ...

Writer Of The Month: Claire Buckle

Introduced by Palak Tewary Claire is a short story writer who has been published in women’s magazines such as The People’s Friend, Woman’s Weekly and My Weekly, small press journals, anthologies and annuals and has been shortlisted for and won competitions. Born and raised in Romford, she now lives in Southend-on-Sea. Essex ...

Showcase: Train For The Man

Hello! I hope you’ve enjoyed the previous three Showcases this month. I know I’ve enjoyed editing them and giving you the opportunity to read work you may not otherwise have discovered. Some of the writers I’ve showcased are well-travelled on their writing journey, whereas others are at the start of ...

Showcase: Choices + Those Precious Cracks

Welcome to my third Showcase in May. Today, I’m treating you to two very different but equally powerful stories on the theme of 'Transformation'. The first piece, by L.M. VanGalen, is open to interpretation. It hooks the reader with the opening sentence and I found I had no choice but to ...

Showcase: Citizen Paine

Welcome to the second of my May Showcases. This month, to tie in with the theme of transformation, I’ve chosen to focus on journeys, whether short or long, physical or spiritual. Last month's editor, Palak, chose a story and piece of prose describing how walking can be transformative. Today, I’ve ...

Showcase: Barking To Southend + Two Tree Island

Hello, I’m Claire Buckle and I’d like to offer you a warm, springtime welcome to my first May Showcase, where I’ll be featuring writing on the theme of 'Transformation' as viewed through the lens of ‘journey.’ I’m a short story writer (you may have seen my work in some of your ...

Thoughtful Tuesdays: International Women’s Day

By Eithne Cullen I’m delighted to introduce  this page to you   this month, as March is the month that’s associated with women’s empowerment and International Women’s Day (IWD). I have fond memories of International Women’s Day from the time when I worked in a girls’ school.  We always did a lot ...