The Ultimate Writing Prompt

I’ve been fighting my way out of a writing rut recently; wrestling with intangible ideas, struggling to shape words into sentences. I find myself procrastinating, sitting in front of my computer idly searching the web, knowing that the best way to break the block is to write, no matter how awful the result. And yet… […]

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Guest Post: Running Through The Darkness by Chris Cowcher

I am truly honoured to be offering up my blog as a platform for the following guest post. My lovely husband, Chris, has suffered with depression throughout our ten-year relationship and I have seen first-hand how this debilitating disease can drag even the most cheerful person into a state of utter despair. In the past […]

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The Ins and Outs of the United States (with images)

In March this year I had the pleasure of visiting Ellis Island – America’s former immigration portal and home to my great-grandparents (William and Alice) for seven weeks during 1926. Walking through the empty rooms and hallways, knowing that my ancestors had once done the same, was a surreal yet enlightening experience and one that I […]

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Battle Lines

It was her face, I suppose, the way she looked at me; panic mixed with relief. It wasn’t an expression I was used to. In fact, I was braced for her usual “when will you learn to grow up” rant or her equally ineffective sigh of disappointment. But instead, as I pushed open the door […]

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You Gave Us Our Childhood

Originally posted on Bellyful of Art:
You gave us our childhood when we were too young To know what it meant and yet still we clung To your hand as you held us, to the scent of your clothes To the sound of your laughter, to the words that you chose You gave us your…

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Rules To Live By, Part 3

It’s been a while since I posted the first two installments of this Tiny Tale, so if you need to refresh your memory, please follow the links: Rules To Live By, Part 1; Rules To Live By, Part 2. My father died shortly before my first child was born. Despite my grief, I found comfort in the […]

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Guest Post: Christmas, by David Grant

Originally posted on Bellyful of Art:
How many people this Christmas Know what Christmas is for? Eating and drinking and spending And parties by the score Do they know what they’re celebrating And what Christmas is for? Has it all been lost to commerce With everyone wanting more? Spending what they haven’t got On things…

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Eleven

Originally posted on Bellyful of Art:
Beneath the curling clouds, white and darkest grey, A measly crowd align, on a cold and sodden day To take their silent solace, in a ritual long supported, And listen to the memory, of lives that once were thwarted. But a roll call of the dead, of names now…

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Writing, writing and more writing!!

I know you’re all hotly anticipating the final instalment of my latest three part Tiny Tale, Rules To Live By, (I know I am – I haven’t even finished writing the thing yet!), but in the meantime I thought I’d keep you up-to-date with my recent work outside of Bellyful of Art. Rather excitingly, I […]

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Rules to Live By, Part 2

This is part 2 of a 3 part story. Read part 1 here! It was during my early twenties that my relationship with The Rules reached a turning point. ‘How could you?’ cried Janine from amongst a tangled mass of floral bed linen. ‘How could you be so selfish, so spiteful?’ ‘Look, Janine, I’m sorry, […]

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Rules to Live By, Part 1 (& a big Happy Birthday to Bellyful of Art!)

Tomorrow is officially Bellyful of Art‘s 1st birthday!! To celebrate, I was planning on reblogging my first ever post, but I’ve been doing a lot of reblogging recently and I thought it was only fair that as a big fat present to my lovely readers (and to myself) I would publish a brand new story […]

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Cara

Originally posted on Bellyful of Art:
Cara had never been a patient person; in any respect. Now, she brought colour back to her cheeks with forceful tugs, bit the paleness from her mouth until red blistered her lips. She watched the clock, she waited. As she ran her fingers through her hair, she listened to…

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Good On Paper, The Big Issue and More…

So it turns out that the two week break I decided to take at the beginning of August somehow managed to stretch itself to a whole month! This is not because I have been idling away the hours on a sun-drenched beach, sipping cocktails and pondering my next short story – if only! – in fact, quite […]

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Summer Breaks & New Opportunities!!

Now that summer is in full swing (by virtue of it being August, not because we’ve suddenly woken up to weather akin to the Mediterranean…), Bellyful of Art is taking a two week break to replenish its story-based stocks and swot up on a few art exhibitions ready for the autumn. But before I break […]

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The Bird Clock

The clock ticks. In time with its monotonous beat I find myself fidgeting: first with a strand of hair that curls mischievously from the centre of my tightly-wound bun, then with my hands, my skirt, the top button of my shirt. In the armchair next to me, Mrs Bentley is talking. I’m trying my best […]

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