Seattle in Shorts

This novel combines a main story about a Seattleite returning from living in London and seeking to recover her mental health by exploring her past. Her plan begins to unravel and she finds help in new and renewed friendships. Between each chapter of her story is a short story of flash fiction length about the dark pasts experienced by Seattle's many minority communities.

There is a Pinterest board of locations and other inspirations for the novel.

Dachau

On 29 April 2015 the world recalls the horror of human behaviour as it is the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camp at Dachau in Germany. Dachau was not one camp, but several connected camps and the liberation took place over a few days. One particular aspect of the liberation is deeply poignant, but also a source a racial controversy in the United States. During World War Two America had its own concentration camps, which housed the Japanese American population of the Pacific coast.

Five Years a Londoner

On 9 June 2009 I moved from Manchester to London, leaving the north a day early because of the threatened tube strike. Five year later in 2014, The Year of the Bus, I should point out that if I now knew how wonderful London buses were I would have stayed in Manchester until 10 June when I was originally due to move into my Tottenham flat. That move was a fulfilment of a dream that I had held since 1983 to move to the greatest cultural city on earth. At the age of 16 I went on a West End theatre trip with my school and fell in love with the city.

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