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Rolling in dough

June 19, 2018


Confessions of a pasta maker I know, I know – I could just buy it. It’d probably actually be cheaper, and my middle-class-cliché alarm is pinging like crazy. And yet, here I am, attempting to make my own pasta. I’m doing it because, on a whim, I’ve bought a pasta-maker. It’s a hand-cranked machine, beautiful […]


December 3, 2016


I first heard of my uncle’s death on BBC News. It was December 3, 2006. I’d turned on the TV in time to catch the end of a news report about an explosion at a fireworks factory near my hometown of Lewes, in the southeast of the UK. It had claimed the lives of two members […]

July 20, 2015


BLANK PAGE   Write the first sentence.   Re-write the first sentence.     Just write the fucking thing and promise to come back to it.           Rewrite the first sentence.         What’s my idea? Is this my idea?   Aargh – I’ve taken too long to describe […]

A life passes

July 23, 2013


A woman watches. Life passes her window like flickering film. Wars boom and flash, a rocket lands on the moon. People get the vote and her children get older – they go from school, to church, to jobs and then to separate lives. They turn and wave. And then they bring wives and husbands round […]