On the way home

Boys in navy blue blazers jostle each other outside the Marriott hotel, looks of uncertainty over what to do with so much privilege. Metres away, skaters slam their boards into the paving slabs on College Green, while pedestrians march through the middle, determined to exert their right of way. A small group gathers on the […]

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Encountering the crest #3

I stopped at the edge of the water and looked across at the pathway snaking up the hill. “I’m not up for it,” I said. Jon was staring at something indiscriminate in the foreground while Simon lay across his pack, sunning his bare chest. “I know everyone’s tired,” replied Rich, “but it was always going to be a […]

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Encountering the crest #1

It must have been 6am when I unzipped the tent, or thereabouts, judging by the grey light that draped across the mountainside. The two bodies that were crammed in next to me lay motionless, matted hair sprouting from the top of sleeping bags. I slipped on my boots and staggered out into the cool, morning […]

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Writing 101: Be Brief

I arrive at the beach and stare down its vacant stretch; my familiar walk to nowhere. All is greys and browns, except for a fluttering piece of yellow. A paper, caught between the stones of the seawall. Its a letter written from a fearful heart, the woes and wishes of the universe, compacted into its […]

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Over Steps and Stones

I’ve just finished the last chapter of my project, exploring and writing about the Christmas Steps area of Bristol! You can read it and the rest of the chapters here. I’ve got more urban journeys lined up for the Spring including a trek down the Avon Gorge and an amble around the new business district […]

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