A tale with a twist...
I wrote this when exploring the battlefields on the 85th anniversary of The Somme.
This was inspired by a painting and a castle with an unusual story in Portugal. For ClŠudia.
This story of the frustrations of a new writer won the "most promising newcomer award" in the Viewpoint Portfolio 2001 short story competition. (In case my publishers are reading - this is fiction, not autobiography!)
Cycling across Brittany for the Festival Interceltique in 2000, I met an old woman in a cafe on a crossroads who told me a strange and illuminating story. Later that week, one of the Festival processions was delayed following a bomb threat from Breton nationalists. These two, obliquely related events inspired me to write this.