Other people’s problems

For many years, my favourite place on the internet was the Guardian Experience column. Each week I looked forward to reading about whichever unlikely scenario had taken place. The column’s subjects were mostly affably bonkers, on just this side of comfortable. It stands to reason that the well of weird would eventually run dry. Recent … More Other people’s problems

Fewer gifts, more heart

Christmas is coming, and I’m one of the enthusiastic ones. I love the holidays: the cosy nights, too much food and wine, spending time with loved ones. Cheesy films, mince pies, Bailey’s. I’ve had my tacky jumpers out for a fortnight already. The history of Christmas goes back millennia, to pagan celebrations of mid-winter. Drinking, … More Fewer gifts, more heart

Swing through winter

This time last year my baby could not yet crawl. She lay like an adorable lump, squeaking, laughing, rolling from side to side. As a brand new parent, I still worried constantly about SIDS and about her temperature. Was she too cold, too hot? Was she randomly going to stop breathing? That winter was a … More Swing through winter

Travels with Basil

Over the last couple of months I’ve really enjoyed writing up a wee ebook about the time I took my cat travelling through Europe. Publishing with Amazon is super easy and, unlike traditional publishing, it gives me the ability to decide the length and style myself, as well as the pricing. The whole process of … More Travels with Basil

Feeling lucky

    My daughter was born in May, and since then I have felt lucky. I have felt this way every time I look at her face, every time I take her out and show her more of the world, every time she does something new. I feel lucky that I live in a country … More Feeling lucky

Sunflowers

Published in The Sheepshead Review May 2018, this piece was originally written in response to the painting ‘Sunflowers’ by Anselm Kiefer, on display in the Guggenheim in Bilbao.Β  The first time they met Evelyn was holding sunflowers, and it was their wedding day. Her jangling silver bicycle brought her in crushed silk, her fist crushing … More Sunflowers