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Thoughtful Tuesdays: Contradictions

By Eithne Cullen Welcome to my January 2023 ‘Thoughtful Tuesday’ page.  I hope the celebrations of Christmas and the New Year have left you rested and ready for whatever the future brings. It’s a funny feeling, seeing out the old year and greeting the new. We think of the old year as ...

Meet the Judges: The Short Story Competition 2023

We are delighted to be hosting our annual Short Story Competition, and we can't wait to read all of the wonderful submissions. This year, we are especially excited to finally reveal the judges who will be selecting the winning short story. It's a privilege to have this wonderful selection of ...

Thoughtful Tuesdays: Journey Towards The End Of 2022

By Eithne Cullen Welcome to Thoughtful Tuesday’s December page. The end of the year brings lots of change, lots of emotion and provokes plenty of thought. The pieces I’m sharing today certainly take us on a journey towards the end of the year (and Christmas, of course). We’ve been exploring the theme ...

Thoughtful Tuesdays: Home And Back Again

By Eithne Cullen Welcome to my November page where all the pieces I’ve selected for you are on the current theme of home. If you come from a community that experienced migration, you will often hear your friends and family talking about home and back home, even though you see them ...

Thoughtful Tuesdays: Back Home

By Eithne Cullen Welcome to this Thoughtful Tuesday page which explores the theme of 'Home'. It’s interesting how we can use 'Home' to mean lots of different things. I often think of the way migrants use the phrase “back home” to acknowledge their origins and their roots. My first piece is something ...

Thoughtful Tuesdays: Worlds Apart

By Eithne Cullen Welcome to September's Thoughtful Tuesday page. This September has been overshadowed by the death of the Queen. Many people’s thoughts are with her and with her family; many need to take some time to reflect on her life and her passing. It’s a coincidence that I have this lovely ...

Thoughtful Tuesdays: Our Relationship With Words

By Eithne Cullen Welcome to June’s Thoughtful Tuesday page. Most of us think of June as the burgeoning of summer, with long hot days and plenty of sunshine. So it’s perhaps surprising I’m starting today’s page with this poem, which came through our submissions page. Although winter is fading away in our ...

Thoughtful Tuesdays: Mind Your Language

By Eithne Cullen Welcome to my Thoughtful Tuesday page for May. The theme for our current editions of Write On! Extra is 'Mind Your Language: Words And How We Use Them,' which is a perfect theme for a magazine for and about writers. It’s especially relevant to my Thoughtful Tuesday’s page, as ...

Thoughtful Tuesdays: Hodge Podge

By Eithne Cullen When I told our editor Madeleine I had a mixture of different kinds of pieces for today’s page, I was searching for a word to describe the mix: melange? eclectic? serendipity? Madeleine said she thought it sounded more like a hotch-potch, so that’s what it is. And to ...