Our theme for May is TRADITION.
The things you’ve grown used to, a custom you’ve to come to expect, a routine you know inside out: tradition can be a comfort, or it can be a curse.
It marks the clash of cultures and generations and yet it can be something one passes on lovingly to the next.
Friday night dinners, birthday walks on the beach – these are traditions we’d never want to give up.
But traditional – a word that reads old hat, outmoded – is surely the antithesis of millennial. We are told change is good, but change can be hard to make.
Tell us about your traditions, or talk to us about changes you’ve made. Break a tradition through a piece of writing, or bring an old one back to life.
Love and thanks,
Submissions are no longer being accepted for this theme. You can read the contributions below.
Libby Earland’s humorous piece is an ode to the beloved tradition of a Sunday Roast.
Change happens. Abby Parsons’ short piece of fiction follows a character coming to terms with her newfound solitude.
Each month we pick four books relating to our theme that we think you should read. Here’s this month’s suggested reading, all linking to TRADITION.
Margaryta Golovchenko’s evocative poem feautures a protagonist with a penchant for tradition on the outside of history
How a women’s football game started changing Bridie Wilkinson’s difficult history with sport
Polite or prejudiced? Courteous or condescending? Molly Alessandra Coopers opens up the discussion on an outdated tradition in this piece of creative non-fiction.
What made you who you are might one day make someone else – Alizée Chesnoy ruminates on this through beautiful prose
L.B. Zumpshon kicks off this month’s theme with a short story of marital tradition and familial expectation – with a dark twist.
Jaclyn Quigley returns with the shortest and sweetest of pieces on the comfort of morning rituals.
Scarlett Kefford looks at broken rules and misused power in her poem on gameplay and love
Montie Hanna’s poem focuses on the lost tradition of letter writing and its intimacies.
Jaclyn Quigley on the music she couldn’t live without, from country music to Beyoncé.
Olivia Sleet considers the traditions and the changes that have taken place around her family’s table.
Food is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in a completely different culture. Kate Todd reflects on the traditional food she experienced on a trip to Iceland and compares it to the food of her family.
Fadila Henry on how the smallest things, like assembling a trifle, can become a tradition.
Lucy Howell’s poetry of mourning is dark, playful, with a hint of superstition.
Domesticity disguising warfare in Margaryta Golovchenko’s poignant poem