The final version – a certain kind of writer’s magic!
I have just printed off the final master copy of my new short story collection Kaleidoscope – inspired by a series of well received workshops I offered last spring on the crucial connection between memoir and the short story. This master copy will go to my third highly informed and insightful reader whose views I will welcome.
The titles of the short stories here are part of the essential truth of the life they reflect – the meat on the bones, as it were...
Keong Sak. ‘
I do enjoy Singapore, very much.’ Tim Rice
Watching and Feeling. ‘Blake said the body was the soul’s prison unless the five senses are fully developed and open.’ Jim Morrison.
Masculinity. ‘Prithee, peace/ I dare do all that may become a man; / Who dares do more is none. Shakespeare: Macbeth
This Working Life. Nothing will work unless you do. Maya Angelou
‘The door is inscribed in gold Gothic lettering. Miss Hogarth: Principal…’ R.E
Patchouli. There is nothing automatic about political change, about liberation. Gloria Steinem.
1963. ‘So, how’s your love life?’ Amanda’s small, round face examines me, top to toe, her eyes shrewd…’ R.E
Bandages. No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear. C S Lewis
‘The man, his coxcomb of silver hair bobbing, walks with a spring in his step down the hospital corridor …’ R.E
Ruthie’s Rant. Even though I was shy, I found I would get onstage of I had a new identity. David Bowie.
I think writers are, at best, outsiders to the society they inhabit. John Irving.
The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn …and change. Carl Rogers
Governess… it is the duty of the poet to obtain citizenship for an increasing horde of nameless emotions…Ágnes Nemes Nagy
Going By Train.
‘I have learned how faces fall to bone,
how under the eyelids terror lurks…Anna Akhmatova, 1957
The Fox House.
Only connect the prose and the passion, and both will be exalted, and human love will be seen at its height. Live in fragments no longer. EM Forster
Story Teller’s Apprentice. My daughter is one of my greatest inspirations… Every day she surprises me and teaches my something. Patti Smith.
White Frost on Grass .Parts One, Two &7 Three
The first lie in fiction is that the author gives some order to the chaos of life. Isabel Allende.
Big Issue; Esme’s Story.
Now I know what a ghost is. Unfinished business, that's what.’
Tiananmen. Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving. Albert Einstein.