by david ratcliffe


The homeboy patrolled the platform
hauling a case full of troubles;
a youth, unprepared, undercooked, fidgety,
4 minutes from departure.

He could see his half-life below,
wished to wallow in its familiar frown,
allow his timidity licence to return
to the arms of invisibility.

The village continued its sophistry;
July sunrise presented limestone ripples,
clouds created kaleidoscopic greens,
the old mill beseeched him, remain
within its simplicity,
content to drink life from cupped hands.

A cursory glance to the exit;
would he prove them right?
'would he eckerslike',
yet fearing the train's arrival
he hoped it would run out of steam,
hiss to a stop, forever
lost in the tunnel a mile
from his inward mitherings.

Through branches of dappled summer, 
he looked down at the bus stop
from where his ride to that point had
terminated at the limits of imagination, 
while he waited for adventure
far beyond ambition...


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I attended Meet the Authors @ Winchester Discovery Centre, 29th March 2017


Had the opportunity to meet three great authors, namely...

Louise Doherty Whatever You Love was shortlisted for the Costa Book Award for fiction in 2010 and long-listed for the Orange Prize in 2011.[2] Her book, Apple Tree Yard, was selected as a Richard & Judy Book Choice in the spring of 2014[3] and adapted for television (Apple Tree Yard) in 2017.[citation needed] Her short story, "Fat White Cop with Ginger Eyebrows", was long-listed for the 2015

Emma Flint writes historical fiction based on true crimes. Her acclaimed debut novel LITTLE DEATHS is set in 1960s New York and tells the story of Ruth ...

Kate Hamer is a winner of the Rhys Davies Short Story Prize. Girl in the Red Coat is her first novel. It is shortlisted for the Costa Book Award for First Novel and a finalist for The Dagger Award. She lives in Cardiff, Wales with her husband and two children.


The ladies shared their writing experiences, inspirations and know-how to a full house of readers and writers. This whole experience helped me fill my inkwell and dip into my novel once more.