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Writing in Sanctuary

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When my eldest son left home, my youngest daughter was nine. For a school project, she had to present a poem based on a given word. Her word was ‘quiet’. Her poster was illustrated with people hushing their pursed lips with their index tip. It read:Shhhhh do not disturbThis is a place of peace and quietA sanctuaryPeople thinking…

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Flooded

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It’s hard to know what story to tell; the late-night evacuation as access roads closed – the anxious wait for days before the flood peaked – returning  to the house to face the devastation –the overwhelming generosity of helpers – or the long road ahead to regain some sense of normality. This is not my story – it…

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Homecoming

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Travel and homecoming are intertwined – in myth, stories and experience. From Homer’s Odyssey to Plato’s cave, ancient stories highlight that return from travel can allow the familiarity of home and everyday life to be seen anew, with fresh eyes. In modern times, authors have drawn on variations of  the travel and homecoming  theme, from James Campbell’s Hero’s…

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Settled Work

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In the frenzy of the past week at work, with projects to be pushed along and deadlines to be met, I was aware of a feeling of excitement and satisfaction. Despite often being tired and sometimes being frustrated by the pace of work, I love being there. I’m grateful for the people I connect with through work and…

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