PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLO (on the topic of SECRETS)   ‘….so…. what d’ye want in ye sandwiches? We’ve got cheese or ham.’ “We want peanut butter with jello.” “We don’t have peanut butter, sorry – what’s jello then?” The B&B lady is anxious, trying to Read More

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TCWG entry for July 2015 – An ocean voyage  –  WINNER Latitude 1 N 16: Longitude 103 E 51   For a few weeks, the word ‘disembarkation’ keeps popping up (black capitals on a huge white board) in Margot’s mind. She is used to random Read More


TCWG competition June 2015 – Topic “Heaven Sent”   DUST THOU ART A soft Sunday morning at the end of April.   A parcel of warm air passes over the notoriously cold North Sea, which is just beginning the annual effort to warm up. The wind Read More


 Winner Telegraph Creative Writing Group January 2015     The party is not yet in full swing. A fellow joins the small group and asks Margot,  “Hey, how about a game of tennis?”  It amazes her that people constantly ask that question. Do they see Read More


Creative Writing Group entry for July topic –    HOLIDAYS   “They’re magnificent!” They take in the vista,  the Dolomites spreading clean across the whole horizon, so near to them. “Unbelievable, ” he answers.   It’s the second day of the six day walk through the Read More


Why do I only see stripes when I’m on a beach? I never notice them otherwise and now realise they are usually orange and yellow, always in canvas, a deckchair, a windbreak…..the very sight of them raises my expectations. They’re my muses.  I’ll start here. Read More


    “You must be proud of  Annie!” Mary smiled, laying a warm hand on  Lynn’s arm in the busy street. “Why….?” Lynn was perplexed. They knew each other only as mothers of kids in the orchestra. ” I mean about her being first violin,” Read More


QUID PRO QUO Telegraph Creative Writing Competition Jan 2014 on the delicious subject of REVENGE        – WINNER     “ I’m off for a well earned holiday.” Alice stretched her legs languidly, removing a piece of Jack’s Lego from beneath her right shoe. “We thought Read More


TCWG entry for December 2013 – A Story in Under 500 words   If only he hadn’t graffitied the bike! He just happened to pass with a green spray can in his hand, it was dark, he needed practice for the bridge competition Friday. Trust Read More


CWG entry for November 2013 on the subject of DECEPTION (that old thing we all know about…….)   “He’s slept 17 hours…. shouldn’t we wake him?” Roger rattled the morning paper, ridding it of the toast crumbs Jane had dropped on the centre fold. At Read More