Our June theme is TRANSIT.
Moving across, travelling through, packing a bag and finding out what’s at the other end of the train line, bus route or ocean.
It’s an in-between state where anything can happen, when you belong to neither here nor there, meeting people on the same path and passing through each other’s lives.
It’s getting to a stage in your life when you can look back, and try to work out the steps you took to get there. When you look at old photos and don’t recognise the person you left behind.
There are so many journeys that we end up taking. We hope you let us join you on yours.
Love and thanks,
Submissions are no longer being accepted for this theme.You can read the contributions below.
Linh Nguyen writes beautifully about the one journey we all know so well – the commute.
Barbican Young Poet Anna Kahn’s poem covers age, journey and potential – all from the smallest acorn.
Sleepless on a Greyhound bus from LA to Vegas, Kara Rennie lets us into her mind
DD’s back this month with four choices for your TRANSIT reading list – with a little help from some people who know a thing or two about books.
A short story by Elizabeth Lovatt on walking through a city – and through other people’s lives.
Alizée Chesnoy writes about the moment before moving on – from friends, from a city, and towards a whole new stage in life
Between jobs/places to live/stages in life? Angharad Sillitoe’s short piece of fiction is for you.
Anna Kahn’s second poetry contribution pulls us back to a childhood memory of hope and travel
A childhood on the road means that Emma Figg is an expert at packing. Here she offers useful advice for anyone who has to fit their life in a bag
Anne Perry considers her favourite book, Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South, and the cross-country move in her childhood that makes her feel so connected to it.
Get swept away in the current of Helen Li’s dreamy prose about time, introversion and girlhood.
Jane Bradley’s short story features truth and dare and unexpected allies on a tumultuous bus ride home from school.
Kara Rennie writes about a train journey that takes you back to the person you once were, and reminds you how far you’ve come.
Lucy Cuthew challenges stereotypes perpetuated from childhood in a poem full of movement, momentum, and a desire for adventure.
Emma Baines-Dinning on leaps of faith, taking chances and taking routes you never even considered
As a train rushes through India, two young lovers are drawn towards their future… The first part of a beautiful short story by Lucy Cuthew
The second part of a two-part short story by Lucy Cuthew. The train continues its journey, and the lovers’ future comes ever closer.