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Day 16: Uncle Spud

Prompt: Tell a story about a piece of your family folklore. What stories are told again and again? Which ones stand out from your youth? Write something inspired by that. I hadn’t thought about so many family stories in years so it has been interesting thinking about...

Day 15: Mum & Dad

Prompt: Today’s prompt is to write the truth about something you previously told a bad and inauthentic story about. In other words spill your guts on the page and press publish! Phew!! Okay, here goes. I noticed when I recently wrote about my dad and what I’d learned...

Day 14: The Valentine?

Prompt: Write something inspired by something you’ve recently read, watched or heard - maybe it’s a book, magazine article, TV programme, movie, podcast, or radio interview. A few years ago, I came across an evening class on ‘Fantasy and Imagination’ in cinema, it...

Day 13: The Tomato Connoisseur

Prompt: Write about something you’re a connoisseur of or something you’re a bit of a snob about, perhaps despite your best efforts. To be honest I wasn’t sure even where to start with this one, failing all else I checked the Oxford English Dictionary, Connoisseur: An...

Day 12: Trust, Love, and Courage

Prompt: Write about extremes or opposites and how they have played out in your life or work at one time. Towards the end of last year, I spent time in South Africa with young educators who live and work in townships around Cape Town, it was a complete privilege to...

Day 11: Humanity In The Little Things

Prompt: Write about something you used to get in trouble for when you were younger. My father encouraged my sister and I to ‘think for ourselves’. Of course, we’re all influenced by the communities we are a part of and the experiences we have, and so can never...

Day 10: Hamish

Prompt: Write about a time you brought a crisis upon yourself, big or small, and what you learned from it. My first thought was, so many to choose from, so little time! But the one that has come to mind is my ginger tomcat. We weren’t meant to have a cat at all. My...

Day 9: The Family Table

Prompt: A story about something that leaves a mark. We’re at my aunts, having finished Sunday lunch, dessert plates still in front of us, the remains of a much enjoyed meal scattered around, scrunched up napkins, crumbs of gateaux and the odd dollop of cream. I'm...

Day 8: The Cure

Today’s Prompt: Write something about a time you held back from doing something, for better or worse. I thought about writing about being challenged to a fight in primary school, going alone (didn’t occur to me my opponent would bring supporters!) being scared,...

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