“Yes!”

Riverside

Two young teenagers, Peter and Fi, are on the towpath beside the river Frayne in the following extract from Boy & Girl. But what is the unspoken question Peter answers? You’ll have to read the book to find out… but know that it might not be what you think.Read more

Homelessness

Tiles for the homeless

It’s all very well telling people to stay at home to combat the Corona Virus. But what about those who have no roof over their heads? Those who have no home to return to?

Extract about homelessness

In Stories People Tell, amongst other things, Annie sets out to publish the stories of those whose voices don’t get heard, using video and the Internet to enable people to bear witness.Read more

Silence is more than the absence of sound…

Silence of snow

Silence had fallen, a thick blanket of snow masking all sound. Snow had been extremely rare in her world, so the texture of silence that accompanied heavy snow was new. Rather like wading through snow, silence resisted movement. Her meditation master had taught her the value of silence, but never had she had such tangible proof that there was so much more to silence than the absence of sound… Kate in We Girls.Read more

Sleepwalking on the road to chaos

De-trumped!

… the manipulation of reality using words and images till reality is no longer anchored to anything but the will of the powerful …

In an excellent little book H.G. Frankfurt writes about bullshit (1). The concept is particularly pertinent at the current moment although the word may be misleading as it is regularly misused.… Read more

A sad day indeed

GB-EU passport

On the eve of the official UK departure from the European Union, I am filled with profound sadness. I don’t share the opinion of those who think the debate will magically go away. It will never disappear. There are fundamental tenets involved in the adhesion to Europe that we must continue to defend.… Read more