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Kark and Kerr 2

Exactly two years later, the circus rolled into the town of Bogton St Mary in Devonshire, England. Crowds lined the narrow streets to watch the carts and horse-drawn vans parade to their destination, an open field by the river Bog, … Continue reading

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Kark and Kerr 1

Every Thursday Mrs Chakchak made one of her special stews and stood over the children with a ladle in her hand to make sure they ate every drop. If a boy or girl protested she would lash out with the … Continue reading

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Intruder

[Last night we held our Fantasy Reading Party at the Dram Bar in Woodlands Road, Glasgow. This has become an annual event supported by funding from the School of Critical Studies, at which current and past students from the MLitt … Continue reading

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Bedbound

One morning, Mr McGhee rolled over in bed and refused to get up. ‘Are you all right, love?’ asked his wife. She shook him a couple of times, then went to phone his work. ‘Tommy’s ill, I’m afraid,’ she said. … Continue reading

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Autumn Lights

At nightfall when the cottage lights went on the street should have been plunged in an abysmal darkness; but where Mr Printon (being an educated man) knew the stars must be, although he had never seen a star, there was … Continue reading

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Little Ships

These days when she dreamed it was as if she were talking face to face with friends long dead, and when she woke she opened her eyes onto sepia tints inside a narrow frame, a dim imitation of her colourful … Continue reading

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Cloud Palace

Stretched out in my seat in row 7, absorbed in my book, I detected a tentative touch on the crook of my arm. An old woman was sitting beside me; her scent was of herbs And the light cotton tunic … Continue reading

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Summer Songs

MAYFLY The little mayfly flew about Until the mighty sun went out. A minute more the mayfly flew – And then the mayfly went out too.   MIDGES Have you ever seen the midges Dancing on a summer eve? Tropic … Continue reading

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The Outer Circle

Eighteen years after leaving Old Earth I’ve made planetfall, and my ship has fallen silent. Can you understand what that means to me? For the first time in eighteen years the cabin has ceased to throb to the pulse of … Continue reading

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Café Culture

No, please – sit down. This place gets so crowded at this time of day, and I always feel a little embarrassed to be tucked away here in the corner with my small black coffee when everyone else is doing … Continue reading

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