You wouldn’t think that was a big ask, would you? George’s hens, along the far side of Chapel Lane, lay the most beautiful eggs, so after a request from my husband for more eggs, I set off with the dog, a carrier bag, and an empty egg box to fetch some. It’s a bitterly cold … More Half a dozen large eggs, please.
Last night, I dreamt of a time beyond your fragile human memory, before the sarsens were wrenched from my being, and you thought you had me imprisoned behind this meagre wire. How little you understand, burying your heads beneath your featherless wings and huddling in nests pillaged from my body. I was light, spreading and … More Stardust by Rebecca Bryn
A great collection of short stories by various Welsh writers via The Turnings of the Years
‘Maggie’s Journal.’ The girl has long blonde hair and a pretty smile. She opens the green faux-leather book at a page and reads. ‘Saturday April 26th: The blackthorn hangs heavy and snow-white with blossom. Primroses and wood anemones peep shyly from beneath the damp debris of autumn and, today, I saw the first orange-tip butterfly … More Just Another Hole in the Wall – Rebecca Bryn
‘We are gathered here today to celebrate the life of Margaret…’ Dai Davies, lay-preacher at the cathedral and pillar of the community, stands beside the coffin in the crematorium chapel as if carved from the same Welsh oak: he rolls the Rs in Margaret and lilts in a rich, melodic baritone about my mother, a … More Ooh Air Margrit – Rebecca Bryn
Wet sheep and Brylcream: not everyone’s cup of tea, but it was my lot in life. At that time, it was the fashion for the likes of me to cover hair that was short, greying, and slicked back with grease. My head belonged to George, a shepherd, and when I wasn’t keeping the rain from … More The Hat – Rebecca Bryn
It looks so innocuous, so innocent, this stealer of life. You wouldn’t think, to look at it, that this thin, black gremlin would hold such sway over my life, nor that it would with stealth and confusion, leach it away, yet it does without me realising. But this week, it’s ugly inner self was revealed. … More The Gremlin at My Side – Rebecca Bryn
Greta plunged the tip of a knife into a large fillet steak, wishing it was the man sitting across the table. She’d promised her father, Michael Marsh, world-famous actor and singer, she’d let him okay her boyfriends before she went on a date, and he did. He employed Wilf Payne, detective, to investigate them, and … More Greta Comes of Age by Sarah Stuart