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Campo Santo – pt 1. 49 pages.

49 pages. Black words on soft off-white paper. The book nestles in my hands, the cover smooth, cool and unobtrusive. Unfamiliar prose, I navigate sentences and paragraphs clumsily, seeking connection. I recognise cynicism and scepticism. Perhaps this is a Rorschach test. Perhaps on a different day I would feel carefree and at ease like the…

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The transformation

We call it the ‘Sleeping Giant’s Toes’. It’s actually one of the first landmarks that you spot as you drive onto Dartmoor from Bovey Tracey. One of the busiest tourist areas, with many visitors never venturing further than the calloused granite rocks of Haytor. The children believe the formation looks like toes peeping out of…

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The local tourist

Am I a tourist if the destination is forty minutes from my home? I sat on the warm cobbled ground of the boat slipway and pondered the question for a short while, watching my two youngest children dip their toes in the cold ocean with squeals of delight. The furthest we had travelled since before…

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23rd May 2020: An introduction pt5

My husband suggested travel writing and I scoffed at him, I can’t write! It’s not just something I can do, I blasted. I started to half-heartedly look at post-graduate marketing courses offered by Plymouth University, where I’d studied for my History degree. I craved learning, I longed for the library and new knowledge. One evening…

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19th May 2020: An introduction pt1

One of my favourite possessions is a small leather notebook cover, purchased from a craftsman at a local Christmas market a few years ago. I was perusing the stalls laden with handmade goods such as fragrant soaps, intricately designed wooden jewellery boxes and kitsch tree decorations, when I noticed his table tucked away in the…

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