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Thoughtful Tuesdays: Upskilling

by Eithne Cullen I thought I’d start today’s page on the theme of Upskilling, with a little advice. The government is telling us to be alert. And I’m all for them telling us to be alert, as the old graffiti said: Britain needs lerts! All over the country, people are learning new skills, ...
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Showcase – XIII & The Chocolate Box

Next up in our series of flash fiction submissions is my own short story, XIII, which was fortunate enough to place as second runner-up. As before, I will let the competition judge, Clare Cooper, introduce the piece. While this is the last of the finalists, we will be publishing the ...

Thoughtful Tuesdays: Mind The Gap

by Eithne Cullen This week, our theme of 'Mind The Gap' reminds us what a diverse bunch we are: our writing community, our neighbourhood, our city or country. It’s all part of the richness of the world we inhabit; we are not the same and do not all think and feel ...

Thoughtful Tuesdays: Keeping Your Head

by Eithne Cullen Tuesday Thoughts turn to Keeping Your Head this week. It’s generally accepted that, after this state of lockdown, the fear and anxiety we suffer will be with us for some time. In a recently published poll, almost three-quarters of Britons say they will be 'very nervous' about leaving ...

Wednesday Showcase: Breakfast in Bogota

This week, I am thrilled to present an extract of the published novel, Breakfast in Bogotá, courtesy of Helen Young, whom I had the pleasure of interviewing in this week's As A...Writer series, and her publisher, Unbound. As both parties were kind enough to share the first two chapters of the ...
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Showcase – The Orange Grove

Continuing on from our Showcase two weeks ago, I present the first runner-up in the Pen to Print Flash Fiction competition, The Orange Grove, by Bob Thompson. Once again, I will let the competition judge, Clare Cooper introduce the piece, but please do keep coming back, as we will be publishing ...
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Showcase – Life Changes

This week on Showcase, I am proud to present the winning story in our Flash Fiction competition, Life Changes, by Patsy Middleton. Keep a look out over the coming weeks and months for more of the great flash fiction entries we received. It is a testament to the immense talent ...
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Family Challenges

by Lynda Shepherd   Spaghetti bolognese and a school letter had brought me here. Well, my own stubborn streak might have had something to do with it. Olivia, my daughter, hadn't intended for me to read the school's letter. Their correspondence, like takeaway menus, were junk mail to her. We'd rowed often ...
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Universe

by Dan Cross   Almost all eyes were facing forwards. My wife was on the stage. Her white skirt trembled in the draft of the old theatre. Her bare feet were flat against floorboards. She pulled her stocking-covered legs into her chest and rested her forehead against the tops of her knees. A ...