Tag: Family

Creative Writing

A Divorce from Tradition

2012. Christmas with Mum. You’ve been told to act normal, so you’re singing while you bring the coal but now you’re singing solo. There’s still just as much food, just as much drink, but no matter how full you stock the cupboards, something in the kitchen is missing. The tree is up, the lights are…

Features

Microaggressions come in all shapes and sizes

I begin by describing a recent encounter I had which, after some post-event analysis, I recognised as an evening glistening with microaggression. This is the thing about microaggression, we so often downplay it – or even fail to recognise its presence altogether – because of how subtle and, well, micro it is.  During a recent…

Creative Writing, Venue

How to Disappear

Content Warnings: Eating disorder and self harm  ‘You’re not going until you’ve finished.’ Mum watched and Poppy pretended to chew on the pasta that was slowly congealing on the plate in front of her. ‘Have you got your snack for later?’   ‘You should know; you packed it.’ Poppy wanted to scream but managed to…

Travel

A guide to adventuring without anxiety

Anxiety can negatively impact your wellbeing, and having an anxiety attack whilst travelling can be detrimental to how much you enjoy your trip. Everyone uses travelling as an opportunity to explore new places, spend time with family and friends, and relax. However, someone’s travel anxiety can get in the way of all of this. For…

Creative Writing

Stitch

stitch beneath my skin, the veins underneath my fingertips— need sowing back together again. the blood runs cold, too far from home, and all of the rivers start to look like oceans. build me a bridge out of thread, a life raft, life jacket, anything to traverse the stream, anything to traverse the ocean, anything…

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