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Creative Writing
Linda Parkinson-Hardman

Fortune telling kit

You may have read some six-word short stories, often in the form of an advert. One of the most famous by Hemingway is “For sale.

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Creative Writing
Linda Parkinson-Hardman

Painter and canvas

I love the idea of generating writing ideas from a set of pre-prepared words. In this one, simply choose one word from each column and

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Fiction
Linda Parkinson-Hardman

Following Fido

Wherever Fido went my little sister went too. Faithfully holding on as he bumped and rolled his way around the garden, the house, the pavement.

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Fiction
Linda Parkinson-Hardman

Baking biscuits

Susan was reflective cutting the perfect snowflake biscuits. Sometimes all it took was a sprinkle of magic and sugar dusting to wash away the cares

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Life
Linda Parkinson-Hardman

The art of being human in the 21st century

If you search ‘digital intelligence’ in a search engine you will find that, broadly, it is either a “new type of intelligence that combines knowledge,

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Life
Linda Parkinson-Hardman

How to save the planet

Let’s be honest, when we talk about saving the planet we don’t really mean the planet. After all the planet will look after itself, it

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Fiction
Linda Parkinson-Hardman

Living in the dream

‘Dermot, Dermot’. I tug at his shirt urgently, trying to get his attention. ‘Yes?’ He glances at me and smiles. ‘Dermot, what if I told

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Fiction
Linda Parkinson-Hardman

The 07:32 from Pen Mill

Sitting on the 07.32 from Pen Mill going to a meeting in Bristol I marvel at the things people still do to earn a living

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Life
Linda Parkinson-Hardman

Managing change by shaking off and stepping up

The phrase “change is the only constant” has never been more apt than in the current environment where we constantly hear stories about cuts, increased

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Fiction
Linda Parkinson-Hardman

Apprentice

Little Jinny Fallon ‘ad ‘er arm taken off in the mule. Blood spurting everywhere like water from the pump in the yard, spraying up the

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Fiction
Linda Parkinson-Hardman

Life in the present tense

It was the cards I noticed first this morning. Each one neatly placed on the windowsill. Carefully butted up against the thin line of mastic

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Creative Writing
Linda Parkinson-Hardman

Trying my hand at poetry

I can’t remember the last time I wrote a poem, most probably it was during creative writing at school. And I have to hold my

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Fiction
Linda Parkinson-Hardman

Be the change #FridayFiction

‘Hands up if you can tell me what “be the change” means?’ Lucy looked around the class trying to size up those most likely to

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Life
Linda Parkinson-Hardman

The space between thoughts

The role of ‘thought’ in our experience of life and the world around us has been a defining understanding over the last few years for

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Life
Linda Parkinson-Hardman

Exercising your happiness muscle

I believe happiness is always ours. What I mean by that is that it’s always there, lurking in the background, but sometimes for some of

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