“Wendy talks – a lot – so she doesn’t notice I don’t. She ain’t noticed I’m coloured either and never wants to touch my hair. She doesn’t even want to see inside my Survival Box. So I follow. Even though she’s nine and I’m eleven I don’t mind her taking the lead. By the time I’ve climbed over the branches to take my place beside her, I’ve promised to follow her anywhere.”
My short story Wendy has been published in the 10th Anniversary Mechanics Institute Review. The anthology, the child of the Birkbeck University Creative Writing faculty, includes stories from students, alumni and featured writers Jackie Kay, Colin Grant, Evie Wyld. The school is guided by some of the UK’s finest craftsmen including Julia Bell, Toby Litt and Courttia Newland, and the proof reflects in the quality of the writing selected. A number of readings were arranged as part of the launch and I read an extract at Evie Wyld’s Review Bookshop on 3rd October.