I am not at all sure how it came to be that I was on The Surface; someone must have given me wrong directions. I had been there a few times before, in the inexperienced days of youth, but I had not remembered how unpleasant it is. I am not, of course, alluding to the… Read More A Disagreeable Adventure: Flash Fiction
At sunrise, I leapt from the dustbin lid; I swung from leaf to leaf. Like a songless swallow, I flew, and dived like a dolphin through dewdrops. If I were a silkworm, you would prize me: trap me in a pampered prison. As it is, you looked through me; left me. In the morning cool,… Read More Daughter of Arachne: Flash Fiction
I left the salt at the Thames Barrier: its teeth consumed the ocean tide. I perched on the beach at Greenwich: there were scattered oysters shells, but no oysters; children, but no ice-cream; sand, but no waves. I took wing. I watched porpoises plunge in the quiet of dawn. I hitchhiked on City Cruises –… Read More A Seagull’s Summer Holiday: Flash Fiction
Oscar Wilde’s short stories for children are magnificent, especially ‘The Happy Prince’, ‘The Nightingale and the Rose’, and ‘The Selfish Giant’. Equally, his plays have a sparkling brilliance unmatched, I think, by any other British playwright. What could be wittier than ‘The Importance of being Earnest’? And his one novel, A Picture of Dorian Gray, is… Read More Oscar Wilde: Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime. A Review.