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Am I Awake?

“Come through!  Come through the door!”  I don’t know where the voice is coming from.   I think it’s my mother.  All I can see is the darkness.  Beneath my hands the glossy layers peel away, the grit of wood chip … Continue reading

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The Englishman’s Castle

“In most cases,” Sylvie pushed the chicken onto her fork. “If you can truly define your problem you’re onto a winner, no matter how big your problem is. You can set it up, work against it… develop strategy. If you’re … Continue reading

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Looking for Answers

She held my chin, perhaps a little harder than intended, my jawbone between between her forefinger and thumb, and raised my face up to the thin winter light. Seen less vivid rainbows, she winced, inspecting the bruise. Her fingers were … Continue reading

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Comfort Zone

“February 2016 may have been one of the wettest on record so far… and we’re not even half way through the month yet… but thankfully, the levels inside are acceptable.  We’re going to carry on but we may have to … Continue reading

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Beneath Me

Her phone was ringing again. “150 years ago, Manchester’s GDP dared to rival London’s: Cottonopolis, industry, productivity, profit…” Kevin calling. The councillor continued, his eyes fixed on hers. “This is what we’ve been waiting for, striving for, since the War: … Continue reading

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Escape to the City

I am the city. I covered the green rampant fields, encased them in cobbles, swathed them in streets, shrugged slums from my shoulders, piled them onto embankments over brown stilted rivers, cast over my gaze, froze the flow, changed the … Continue reading

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The View From Nowhere

Ascending the stairs, couples, two by two, summit to line up in profile against the long white wall, a breathing exhibit, Darwinian, The Ascent. In Row D, Seat 5, you stare at the screen. I take a drink and check … Continue reading

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