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“ALSOF IK ALLEEN HIER, OMRINGD DOOR RUST EN NATUUR, DE ELLENDE IN HET VERHAAL OBJECTIEF KAN BESCHRIJVEN, MOORDEN KAN PLEGEN EN DE SMERIGHEID KAN VOELEN.” Ik zit op de veranda van een oude, Amerikaanse boerderij met een deken en een grote kop koffie. Het is begin februari en de zon doet het laatste restje sneeuw…

The Porches Writers’ Retreat

From Washington D.C. it’s a three-hour drive to Norwood: a place you normally wouldn’t visit driving through the country. And a place that consists of nothing more than a church, a couple of houses and a writing retreat for those who wish to be away from it all. The nearest supermarket is in Lovingston and…

Short Story: A special gift

We woke up at six to beat the others to the bushes. Grandmother and I were wobbling down the tracks, not yet fully awake. Most of the houses we passed along the way were still unlit. Grandma says not to trust the dark, or the neighbours. “For all we know,” she says, “they could already…

Artist-In-Residence Week VIII

In June and July 2014, I will be spending two months as a writer-in-residence at Teatru Salesjan in Malta, creating new work and holding workshop sessions under the name ‘Beyond Borders’. This project is supported by the Malta Arts Fund. Part of the process will be writing down my experiences weekly. I had spent long…

Artist-In-Residence Week VII

In June and July 2014, I will be spending two months as a writer-in-residence at Teatru Salesjan in Malta, creating new work and holding workshop sessions under the name ‘Beyond Borders’. This project is supported by the Malta Arts Fund. Part of the process will be writing down my experiences weekly. As the last two…

Evenings in the Silent City (one of many new scenes)

This week I’m trying to finish the first draft entirely, so I can print and read it. There’s a difference for me between reading on screen or on paper. Paper copies give me better overview, and it allows me to draw arrows and cross out sentences and words, which I like. I must be careful not…

Artist-In-Residence Week VI

In June and July 2014, I will be spending two months as a writer-in-residence at Teatru Salesjan in Malta, creating new work and holding workshop sessions under the name ‘Beyond Borders’. This project is supported by the Malta Arts Fund. Part of the process will be writing down my experiences weekly. “What good is preserving…

Artist-In-Residence Week V

In June and July 2014, I will be spending two months as a writer-in-residence at Teatru Salesjan in Malta, creating new work and holding workshop sessions under the name ‘Beyond Borders’. This project is supported by the Malta Arts Fund. Part of the process will be writing down my experiences weekly. This week was filled…

Artist-In-Residence Week IV

In June and July 2014, I will be spending two months as a writer-in-residence at Teatru Salesjan in Malta, creating new work and holding workshop sessions under the name ‘Beyond Borders’. This project is supported by the Malta Arts Fund. Part of the process will be writing down my experiences weekly. Fever took a few…

A letter for number 26

Books, lantern, aid kid. Check. Everything I needed was there. I only had to slip past our self-made checkpoint. I had figured it all out. Danny couldn’t resist his cigarettes and since they are forbidden down here, he always sneaked into another corridor. Leaving me with no more than four minutes to make my move….

Artist-In-Residence Week III

In June and July 2014, I will be spending two months as a writer-in-residence at Teatru Salesjan in Malta, creating new work and holding workshop sessions under the name ‘Beyond Borders’. This project is supported by the Malta Arts Fund. Part of the process will be writing down my experiences weekly. This third week I…

The Unwanted

The rocky coastline of Sliema, Malta: Soulless stranded creatures scattered around. Some a barely breathing, others are making a run for it. Most of them dead. In the middle there’s Ayra. AYRA We are the unwanted. Yes, we are the unwanted Wandering souls Do you know what that feels like? Being unwanted? Stranded seals On…