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The Willesden Herald New Short Stories Story of the Month
December 2018: Mackerel Point by Richard Lakin
Brenda stood at the top of the stairs.
‘He’s missed us then,’ Colin said.
‘He’ll be back.’ Her role, as always, was to deal with reality, to face up to truth. One of them had too.
‘There’s nothing for us then, love. What did I tell you?’
Brenda gripped the banister and sighed.
Richard Lakin studied chemistry and has worked as a labourer, a journalist, and a policeman on the London Underground. He has published short stories in journals including Londonist, Structo and The Oxonian Review. He has won the Guardian family travel writing prize and Daily Telegraph’s Just Back, travel piece of the year. He lives in Staffordshire and blogs at www.richlakin.wordpress.com
The idea is that amid the short stories and literary goings-on there will be occasional poems, which will also be Occasional Poems. Poets Laureate have to write them for state events but occasions are not only royal births, weddings and deaths. One recent example was the centenary of the 1918 armistice, no? Yours might be very personal and it need not be topical, it could be from the past or an imagined future, perhaps.
If selected, your poem will be uploaded to this website and the Willesden Herald blog. Needless to say, it must be your own original work, for which you accept responsibility. You retain all rights, and each poem will be marked as copyright your name and the year.
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Published 21/11/2018. Updated passim 21/11/2018, 27/11/2018, 11/12/2018.
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‘Laugh and weep! With wit, flair and imagination, Tanvir Bush unfolds the secret life of a nation on benefits. Our nation….’ Fay Weldon
Tanvir Bush’s short story “Rictus” about the meeting of modern medicine and faith healing in a rural clinic in Africa, featured in our own New Short Stories 10.
‘Tony Earley has written five books, including the story collection “Mr. Tall.” He is the Fleming Professor of English at Vanderbilt University.’