May 2016 – Tradition

Dear Damsels,

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 hatoutmoded – 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,

DD x

Submissions are no longer being accepted for this theme. You can read the contributions below. 

A Year in Sunday Roasts

Libby Earland’s humorous piece is an ode to the beloved tradition of a Sunday Roast.

Alone Now

Change happens. Abby Parsons’ short piece of fiction follows a character coming to terms with her newfound solitude.

DD Reading List: Tradition

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.

Family Photograph

Margaryta Golovchenko’s evocative poem feautures a protagonist with a penchant for tradition on the outside of history

Kick Like a Girl

How a women’s football game started changing Bridie Wilkinson’s difficult history with sport

No Place for ‘Ladies First’

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 Molly Alessandra Coopers opens up the discussion on an outdated tradition in this piece of creative non-fiction.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

Same Old

L.B. Zumpshon kicks off this month’s theme with a short story of marital tradition and familial expectation – with a dark twist.

Taking Care

Jaclyn Quigley returns with the shortest and sweetest of pieces on the comfort of morning rituals.

Teetering Potential

Scarlett Kefford looks at broken rules and misused power in her poem on gameplay and love

The Missing Ink

Montie Hanna’s poem focuses on the lost tradition of letter writing and its intimacies.

The Playlist

Jaclyn Quigley on the music she couldn’t live without, from country music to Beyoncé.

This Table

Olivia Sleet considers the traditions and the changes that have taken place around her family’s table.

Tradition in Five Layers

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.

Trifle for Two

Fadila Henry on how the smallest things, like assembling a trifle, can become a tradition.

War is the Quietest Cry for Help

Domesticity disguising warfare in Margaryta Golovchenko’s poignant poem