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FICTION: The rest is harvest

I don’t often get more miserable than this, the fruit fly apocalypse. Published in 2008 by the (sadly defunct) elimae, now archived on editor Coop Renner’s website.   We take comfort in the song of the swarm now. I try to, at...

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FICTION: Retrospective with Mum

A tiny, gentle piece, first published in The Pygmy Giant in 2009.   I’ve brought a stack of old photo albums to the home with me. It’ll be nice to go through them with Mum, I’m thinking. When I arrive she’s doing her usual...

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FICTION: Learning the pig

Nasty bit of paternal nurturing, first published in Bull last September (although I didn’t find out until this morning that it had actually gone live).   “When I was your age,” said Dad, “your grandfather could get a sow...

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FILM: 2015 – a year in view

Another short film I made for Homeless Link – an annual review looking back on 2015. I took the opportunity to learn some VFX tricks to put imaginary ads onto billboards and moving buses. Lesson learnt: don’t start a rotoscoping...

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FILM: What it’s like to be young and...

A short, animated film I made for Homeless Link based on audio interviews with young people experiencing homelessness. As you’ll hear from some of the words on the soundtrack, the best way to get to grips with an issue isn’t to...

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FICTION: Turkey Republic

I’ve resurrected this to mark Thanksgiving, sort of. First published in Litro, December 2008. Happy Turkey Day.   My friends and gatherstruts. Believe only what you feel to be true and wise. Trust only those you sense have pecked...

Photograph: Michael Tapp

FICTION: Relative to Elsa

Whimsical bit of sci-fi, first published in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine.   The first time I sent a message to Elsa, I wanted to tell her how fast we were travelling. We were a week out from Earth and I hadn’t sent anything...

Photograph courtesy of National Assembly For Wales / Cynulliad Cymru

No, not because they’re stupid

The common sense folks at the Inequality Briefing have published their 40th big statement, this time based on research into children’s outcomes from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. The graphic below speaks for itself. If you...

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Taking care of a few things?

Written (by hand) in a moment of frustration while upgrading from Windows 8 to 8.1… Dearest Computer, Perhaps I’m being over sensitive but you have been displaying this message for more than half an hour and I am beginning to...