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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