I am an Oxford University graduate, and I was in an abusive relationship with a narcissist Sophie* and I arrange to meet in a busy cafe in the middle of town. I’m nervous to meet her, even though I’ve met her once before. We are meeting to share our stories, stories which we hope will … Continue reading FKA twigs is right — anyone can be the victim of abuse
Newspapers and orange juice: what do you do when someone says they don’t want to marry you?
“Isn’t it funny how when we first moved in together we had visions of us drinking freshly squeezed orange juice and reading the papers together every Sunday?” he says. Not particularly, I think to myself, as I pack the last four years of my life into cardboard boxes. I seal them shut with parcel tape … Continue reading Newspapers and orange juice: what do you do when someone says they don’t want to marry you?
How I Managed to Write a Novel Alongside a Full-Time Job
I realised a major life goal by finishing my 80,000-word manuscript in 2020 If you asked my ten-year-old self what she wanted to be when she was older, she would’ve answered without hesitation: “I want to be an author.” Reader, let me tell you, my younger self would be proud because as of the 3 … Continue reading How I Managed to Write a Novel Alongside a Full-Time Job
The Internet Helped Me Realise I Am Bi
Puberty is a minefield but the online community helped me come to terms with my sexuality Growing up, I was a massive tomboy. I wore boys clothes, I wrestled my four younger brothers, I read fantasy novels marketed at boys such as Alex Rider and Artemis Fowl and I played PC Games such as The Hobbit and various Harry Potter titles. My younger … Continue reading The Internet Helped Me Realise I Am Bi
One Last Hurdle
It’s currently 1:12am. My mind is racing and although I got into bed two hours ago, my brain isn’t showing signs of switching off any time soon. So, I’ve risen restlessly from my bed to sit in front of a keyboard, my fingers exerting themselves on the keys, in the desperate hope that I will … Continue reading One Last Hurdle