The power of books here in Malawi

Burton Chirwa leaned forward, eyes ablaze. “You have to read, read a lot, before you can write.” He sat back a little. “I read a lot, and I write. So far, I have written five short stories. So that is my advice to anyone who wants to be a writer. Read a lot.” Burton is […]

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Things I have learned about life

Today’s writing prompt from 642 Things To Write About is: Write an anonymous letter to a stranger detailing the things you’ve learned about life… Things I’ve learned about life…mmm, let me think…in no particular order: Don’t swear as much as I do. People often find it offensive. Money is over-rated, except when you don’t have […]

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How my cat sees the world

I have no idea how Dusty, our cat, sees the world. She was re-homed three years ago, at the age of eight. Which is pretty old for a cat to be plucked from her favourite lap (my husband’s) and plonked down on a stranger’s knee. We thought long and hard before giving her up for […]

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Things to write about

I have always written. I composed my first (and my last) poem when I was six. It was about a stone with a hole. I was very proud of it, but quickly bored of poetry. I then began filling red Silvine notebooks with stories of rabbits, princesses and other fairy tales to amuse my younger […]

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A little piece of Stoke in Philly

It is amazing what you find when you are not looking for it. My husband Nigel is a Stoke boy, born and brought up in Tunstall. The city was once the centre of working class creativity in the UK, a place where men and women created things of great beauty from the clay beneath their […]

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President Obama’s narrative is our story

President Obama’s victory on Tuesday will no doubt inspire commentators from the left, the right and the very big middle for weeks and months to come. I have nothing original to say that hasn’t been said elsewhere, so I will be brief. President Obama has big ears He does get stuff wrong, and no doubt […]

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Let’s hope America leans forward tomorrow

In a few hours time US citizens will decide choose their next President. The polls are very close, but the momentum, I hope and believe, is with Barack Obama. There has been a lot of nonsense spoken about President Obama’s record in his first term, and not just by the right. But let’s remember for […]

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