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Friday Feature: Life Unplugged

by Eithne Cullen This winter, we were burgled. A laptop had been pulled out of a cupboard along with its expensive bag, only to be discarded. It wasn’t worth stealing; no built-in camera or microphone. Actually, the desktop I use for most of my writing has neither of those features either. It ...

Friday Feature: Creating The Basilwade Chronicles

by Dawn Knox Credit: Lucy Lawson Photography When I started writing the first chapter of The Basilwade Chronicles, I had no idea it would eventually be included in a book. It was simply a short story written to present at one of the Basildon Writers’ Group meetings, where once a month, ...

Friday Feature: Dagenham Is The Protagonist

by Elaine Spires While I was growing up, I was blissfully unaware I was doing so in a place that so much of the country would have looked down its nose at and considered ‘deprived’.  I didn’t know it was sneeringly referred to as Corned Beef City by those who thought ...

Friday Feature: The Threads That Bind Us

by Eithne Cullen  I live in a quiet road where people are friendly and say hello to each other when we pass in the street. We chat with some about the weather or how the children are. Many of the neighbours were well established when we moved in over twenty years ...

Friday Feature: Women And Why They Picked

This week's theme is Mind The Gap. We've been talking about the many, and often stark, differences COVID-19 and lockdown have highlighted between people. This lovely feature about hop-picking, highlights another generation's 'gap'. Seen through the eyes of London women such as Vi Charlton, the following stories showcase how Londoners, who could ...

Friday Feature: Keeping Your Head

by Rachel Davidson Keep your head; it is how the If poem begins, with a poet’s question. Are you capable of keeping your head whilst all around you lose theirs? As I compose this piece, the UK is in its eighth week of lockdown. We are living through a period of societal ...

Friday Feature: My New Normal

by Claire Buss I’m feeling guilty. Everyone around me is beginning to struggle with the effects of lockdown whilst I am thriving. I feel more grounded and happier than I have for a long time and it’s quite difficult to justify that when the entire world is in pain; hence the ...