Ben and Odette try and invent their own magazine aged nineteen

(Scene is set in shared student kitchen around midnight on a weekday in Leicester, UK in 2001) Ben: Everyone in this god damn place is an idiot. Everyone is exactly the same. Odette: I know, right? Everyone… everyone thinks that the amount of ‘boring and the same’ they are is something they’ve achieved. Like, they’ve got … More Ben and Odette try and invent their own magazine aged nineteen

Brenda in Winter

I romanticised the English winter, imagining it was of bearable length, a month or two, and spent peacefully watching frosted fields from the upstairs windows of grand houses. I dreamt up the matching coat and woollens that I’d wear to keep the clean and precise chill at bay. I summoned heavy books and glasses of red wine … More Brenda in Winter