Category Archives: Creative Writing

Across the Great Divide – Chapter Sixty-Four

‘CAN WE DEPEND on you Charlie?’ Nell asked the crossing-sweep as they squatted together in the warmth of Myers’ brick kilns in Southwark. He often slept there of a evening, so long as he was well clear before the men … Continue reading

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Across the Great Divide – Chapter Fifty-Six

THE COLONEL’S BLACK MAN, who wore a green turban and red livery, opened the door of the yellow-bricked house in Soho when they’d knocked.  He recognised Olu immediately; Nell too made his eyes start with more than dull recognition.  He … Continue reading

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Across the Great Divide – Chapter Fifty-Four

TIME IS THE ODDEST thing – it should pass at the same pace every hour but it doesn’t; it stretches itself long and slowly, otherwise passing in an instant, like hours in a pit of dreamless sleep. Over the next … Continue reading

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Across the Great Divide – Chapter Forty-Nine

ROBERT’S CHARGE that she was playing at being poor had stung Nell more than he knew. It was true that she’d thought her plight temporary, that light would follow darkness and all in the end would be well.  Meantime she … Continue reading

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Across the Great Divide – Chapter Forty-Seven

THE HOPE TAVERN was aptly named, and its inn sign of a man struggling through marshland on a stormy night fitted as an image to match. Inside, where an ashy fire smouldered in the hearth, thirty Negroes were gathered for … Continue reading

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Across the Great Divide – Chapter Forty-Five

THE SEAMSTRESS WAS indeed called Nelly but she preferred the name Annie. Sitting next to Annie, then, was Nell’s pastime for the next week or more, and as Mr Sharp had said, it didn’t take long to master her skills.  … Continue reading

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Across the Great Divide – Chapter Forty-Three

THEY ARRIVED IN London three days later, tired and almost penniless.  The bells of St Paul’s were chiming on the breeze as they clattered into the yard of the Swan with Two Necks in Aldersgate. ‘Seven o’clock,’ said Mr Strong … Continue reading

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