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  • Laura Grace Weldon, Author at Litro Magazine
    9971 Email Sales Magazine Editorial editor litro co uk All Online Editorial online litro co uk Book Reviews Author Interviews reviews litro co uk Film Arts Editorial arts litro co uk Litro Lab Podcast litrolab litro co uk LitroTV litrotv litro co uk Litro Listings listings litro co uk Subscribe Stockists Submissions Advertising Our Team About Litro Litro Magazine is a free short stories and creative arts magazine in print and online Providing a place for readers writers and the broader creative community to discuss various aspects of literature arts and culture through features reviews non themed fiction interviews columns and more Perfect reading for those with busy lives When the first issue of Litro was published in April 2005 the main free paper for commuters and city dwellers was the morning Metro Since then many tabloid style free sheets have joined the field like the Metro these can be skim read and quickly discarded Litro is different our central aim has always been to provide commuters and city dwellers with an inspiring thought provoking alternative that takes you places you don t normally think about when travelling around the city We believe literary magazines should not just be targeted

    Original URL path: http://www.litro.co.uk/author/lauraeuphoria/ (2016-02-15)
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  • #StorySunday Archives - Litro Magazine
    one of the machines outside the cafeteria but I had no quarters When Ginga gave me the money I put the icy can right up against my forehead but that is not why I got a paddling for breaking dress code Read more No Hanoi Summer Lasts Forever By Connla Stokes I always give people a chance to offer up their apocryphal versions of what happened to Leo before telling them it s all bullshit The real story is Leo got even more hammered than normal one night and when riding his MZ home he smashed into a lamppost and cracked his head off the road Read more Simon Says I Rebuke You By Chelsea Laine Wells The best thing is his second grade teacher She has blue eyes and a red mouth and she smells clean She smiles at him a lot and her whole mouth is shiny He asks for help just so she will bend down at his desk When she leans over her breasts stay still inside her dress like they re supposed to On the rare occasions that his mother kisses him goodnight her breasts hang down inside her clothes and touch him and she smells like smoke and a bed that s been slept in and perfume that prickles the inside of his nose Read more Call Me Eliza By Jessica Gross Are you somewhere comfortable and warm Does someone love you I hope so That is a lie I hope no one loves you In which case maybe you want to be my friend Read more This Is How We Are Ghosts By Kate Millar Max and Tilsey broke up on Halloween It happened over email Tilsey wrote about why she was unhappy in the relationship She ended with the message I love you but I can t keep feeling this way The response that Max sent back was one word Fine Read more Her Own Executioner By Kate Morrison It was a cruel cruel thing to find Her eyes in the mirror were cruelly the same as the eyes in the photograph almond shaped fine and bright Everything else had mattened and crumpled her red veined cheeks the swag of her jowl the grey flecks in her eyebrows and coarse hair How she had betrayed the girl in that picture Why hadn t she stopped it Read more Galáctico By Thomas King My wife Maria tells me I need a hobby I tell her training is tiring I tell her lies I let things get uncomfortable We don t have sex nearer to a big game I m not cruel about it but if it is good enough for boxers then it s good enough for me She says that it doesn t make a difference when the match is two days away but I m on the fence Read more In the School Reception One Wednesday Morning By Joe Ransom Alistair couldn t have known exactly what was wrong with our

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  • Still She Lies
    it She was no trouble then and she s not now Besides she s here to make her peace says Mary and she tries to look into my eyes Perhaps you should do the same It s typical of Shelagh Mary once accused me of blaming Shelagh for all of our arguments she couldn t see how her mother s meddling was the problem But Shelagh has always gone out of her way to make things difficult She threw herself down the stairs shortly after her first stroke It was the day I had an interview for a new post at work Big promotion More money Mary must have told her when it was While I was waiting to be called in to the interview my phone rang It was Mary crying so hard that she could barely talk Eventually I understood that a neighbour of Shelagh s had found her collapsed at the bottom of the stairs and had called for an ambulance Mary wanted me home immediately so we could arrange to fly out there I never sat the interview so the job went elsewhere as Shelagh had planned By the time we got to Bray she was back home sitting with her feet up by the fire with only a few bruises to show for it When we get down it s clear that Shelagh s been talking about me Margaret gives me a fierce look then nudges Jimmy on the arm He finishes his drink and they make their excuses exchanging pleasantries only with Shelagh and Mary So we re off to Our Lady of Lourdes now asks Shelagh Before I can think of another excuse Mary agrees I take hold of Shelagh s wheelchair and make our way towards the sanctuary I have to swerve the wheelchair onto the road to avoid the beggar sitting on the path and Shelagh winces as the wheelchair drops from the kerb With a satisfied smile I look up at the churches When You Wish Upon a Star plays in my head and I ve got a suspicion of how this is going to play out Shelagh will drink from the waters of Lourdes and be cured Not fully she ll still need our care but she won t have to play up to it quite so much The truth is that if there is a God he s more likely to canonise me for all I ve had to put up with We follow the crowds towards the grotto Tarnished taps line the wall People fill canisters and spilt water gushes down the drains As we get closer to the grotto the smell of cheap unscented wax grows stronger We queue for the best part of half an hour to circle the grotto Shelagh stretches out her hands and touches the Massabielle rock I can t help but touch it too It holds the warmth of all the people that have rubbed it and I feel the need to wash my hands afterwards I can feel it says Shelagh I smile Here it comes her miracle She s probably already planning another funny turn next year so she can fleece me into another bloody pilgrimage That s great I say Mary looks at me and a wrinkle of worry appears on her forehead Maybe we ll get you out of this wheelchair yet I say and the old charlatan falls for it She starts to push herself up with her left hand and her left leg stretches out before she falls back She takes a few deep breaths Help me Mary No Mam you re too weak You ll hurt yourself I can do this Mary holds out a hand lets her mother take hold and after some shifting of balance they get Shelagh upright While she takes a moment to steady herself a small crowd gathers around us A nun brings her hands together Put the wheelchair in front of me says Shelagh I can use it like my frame She never told us she had a frame She takes three or four steps then comes to a stop That s enough she says and I help Mary to position her back in the chair When we re on the way back to the hotel for dinner she insists on buying some rosary beads as they ll give her some hope to hold on to After looking at a dozen different sets of beads in as many different shops and feeling the weight of each she picks the tackiest set possible They glow in the dark After dinner Shelagh complains that she s too tired to return to the Sanctuary We d planned on witnessing the candlelight procession tonight but I guess she doesn t want her miracle cure to be too convincing Maybe you ll feel up to it tomorrow asks Mary Maybe Now I need to sleep Mary takes Shelagh to her room to help her prepare for bed She s not doing well says Mary when she returns She seems very weak Oh I m sure she ll be fine I say and pour myself another glass of wine You don t care Oh I care all right But I know a fake when I see one Surprise surprise the magical Lourdes water revived her Didn t you see her today She could barely look up to see Our Lady Did you know she had a walking frame at home Of course I did I ordered it for her I take a long sip of my wine then say So you know she s not as bad as she makes out She s in a terrible state Horseshit Mary Can t you see she s playing us She s not nearly as sick as you think Isn t she Mary pulls a handkerchief from her pocket I can see the blood spots before she unfolds it I found this hidden in her sleeve She

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  • gate theatre Archives - Litro Magazine
    Time Before the Sun Rises at the Gate Theatre True Love in Los Angeles A R BY ANY OTHER NAME The Echo Travelling in Fiji The Litro Blog View Archive 11th February 2016 Litro 149 The Love issue Letter from the Editor By Eric Akoto Love we spend our lives craving it in one form or another searching for it and talking about it Its meaning is felt more than it is clearly expressed Some call it the greatest virtue Continue reading 9th December 2015 Litro 148 The Going Home issue Letter from the Editor By Eric Akoto This month in Litro 148 we explore the notion of what Going Home means to us Is it a familiar physical space A refuge A feeling A state of mind Or is home actually to be found in another human being maybe your partner your parents How do you know when you have found it Continue reading Contact Us General 44 0 20 3371 9971 info litro co uk Sales Advertising enquiries 44 0 20 3371 9971 Email Sales Magazine Editorial editor litro co uk All Online Editorial online litro co uk Book Reviews Author Interviews reviews litro co uk Film Arts Editorial arts litro co uk Litro Lab Podcast litrolab litro co uk LitroTV litrotv litro co uk Litro Listings listings litro co uk Subscribe Stockists Submissions Advertising Our Team About Litro Litro Magazine is a free short stories and creative arts magazine in print and online Providing a place for readers writers and the broader creative community to discuss various aspects of literature arts and culture through features reviews non themed fiction interviews columns and more Perfect reading for those with busy lives When the first issue of Litro was published in April 2005 the main free paper for commuters

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  • Part 2: The Road to Edinburgh
    that this was what I wanted to do Interestingly even though my show was for all intents and purposes a total box office flop my peers began to respond to me differently asking me for favours and even advice Someone asked me to fill in for a voiceover opposite Kevin Eldon the British comedian and star of Brass Eye and he being a lovely lad told me to write to his agents Earache Luckily they were looking for a voice like mine and I was signed immediately Then there was the friend who left me a frantic scratchy voicemail asking me to help out with her pass the parcel event at the V A Because I never say no to anything I turned up anticipating a child s birthday party Instead I was faced with over 500 trendily dressed adults fully expecting a hilarious stand up to host a giant take on the childhood game I downed a pack of Haribo which I d brought with me as an incentive for five year olds and pretended again that I knew what I was doing Maybe when you pretend enough it becomes real Clementine Wade presenting at the V A Museum It all snowballed from there Suddenly I was Clementine wade the comedy presenter a compère Yes I tell my share of white lies along the way to curry more work and the most audacious of them that I worked for BBC Online don t sue me allowed me to roam freely backstage at the 2011 Comedy Awards interviewing A list celebs At the same time there comes a point when you have to stop and just be yourself I spent far too long looking up to other comedians and trying to be like them but in my meandering career I ve learnt that to get anywhere you have to stick your head above the parapet create your own work in your own voice on the issues that matter to you The best actors and comedians aren t the ones who can do the best accents impersonating someone else they are the ones who can perform and communicate uniquely as themselves As Oscar Wilde says Be yourself Everyone else is already taken Even though my first attempt at Edinburgh didn t bring about critical acclaim it did put me on the map I m not sure where exactly but somewhere Footnote Well I started at Homerton College reading English and Drama alongside Education Studies Still I was aware that Homerton wasn t one of the classical colleges it used to be a teacher training college and so with the hubris of youth I deemed it unworthy of my intellectual prowess I had after all just been awarded the highest grade in Sociology in the country I went undercover writing petitioning and begging the admission secretaries to secretly slip me into the new round of Cambridge college interviews Within a week I had lined up eleven interviews and to my delight received

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  • Heading south: My Big Trip to Plumstead
    of clothes ready to be put in Glinda The windows were open a sleepy sun painting the room yellow I jumped up and pulled on one of the jumpsuits The foot straps pleased me but my saddlebags just couldn t pull it off so I put it back on the rack Despite being similar in many ways our Dalek walk for one in sartorial matters my sister and I are polar opposites I wear the same jeans and grey top until they die then replace them with another pair of jeans and grey top Helen however is never knowingly underdressed Many a family funeral has been enlivened by the sight of my sis sitting in a pew like a merry widow all stripper shoes and scarlet lips I recognised a dress on the rack as one my sister had worn to our mother s retirement party It was full length and binding something a mummy might wear to one of Osiris s legendary balls peplum and shoulder pads taking off at eternally staggering angles Why do you want to sell all these I said running my eyes over the gems she d Ebayed hard for I can t fit into them and well most of them are mutton dressed as lamb now I lay back on the bed letting her words sink in I couldn t help but feel sad for both of us she was only thirty five seventeen months older than me It was all going too quick Hey I said Are we going for that curry We were the only white English in the curry place so we d have stuck out like a sore thumb even if my sister hadn t been part of the group I wasn t helping matters in my tangerine jumper something filched from a wash basket when it turned cold Helen s boyfriend Hamish sat to my right He was twenty six and a local lad a gardener who ploughed the allotment next to my sister s A waiter took our order my sister ordering a cold Kathmandu for herself and Hamish My reflex was to order one too before remembering I was a driver now We d taken the car even though The Danfe was only a couple of roads away I wanted to give everyone a spin in Glin Be careful my sister said as I neared the junction at the top of her road lot of African drivers round here If there s one thing learned since passing my test is that driving turns you into a bigot Shamefully I believed Hasidic men were the worst drivers ever until a trip to Bradford where my leftie friend told me it was Muslim drivers I really had to watch out for When our food came it was as my madras loving ex would say as spicy as a rich tea dunked in water I popped momos in my mouth one by one trying to ignore the dimming light and

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  • On Culture: When Women Write About War
    urban guerrilla warfare is obliging And that culture of edging ever closer to the brink is backed by a culture of male silence After the civilian s padlocked belt blows up Sanborn and James are driving back to the base together Do you want to know what made me this way James asks Sanborn looks at him for a moment No he says Critics on the whole fell all over themselves to applaud The Hurt Locker It won Best Picture the first film by a woman to do so and also the lowest grossing There is a theme to the criticism however almost universally approval for the film is based on the director s decision to privilege action and taciturnity over emotion and explanation Take the review from Time Magazine for instance in which Richard Corliss refers approvingly to the film s tone as strong but not shrill never shrill ladies He also dismisses that scene I mentioned with James and Sanborn above as a conversation about what it all means the deletion of which would have brought the film close to perfection It s a curious scene for a critic to object to those moments of eye to eye communication between two men trained to kill and struggling to bear the weight of that burden create an essential space in which the audience can see and understand them Nowhere else in the film do we get the chance to enter so fully into the humanity of these men But for Corliss a mere conversation about what it all means about feelings and signification is a weak link Such a feeling from a critic comes from a deeply internalized conviction that emotion has no place in a movie about men Doing Stuff and it s a fundamentally sexist response even if the critic truly believes that the scene damages the film s coherence I m typing these words less than nine hours after the government of the United Kingdom decided to go to war again It s an odd phrase go to war I think it still conjures up for many of us a sense of order think the companies of men and elves in rank and file marching to Mordor a clearly defined enemy who has the good grace to stay behind an easily identifiable gate Two lines meeting in the middle of a field That s not how it works anymore but it s still our mental default This war won t be like that It will be a bizarre mix of the impersonal and the intimate as our conflicts have been since 2003 Men and women will pilot drones from rooms thousands of miles away Families will be hit by shrapnel in their front yards There will be no field of battle everywhere will be the kill zone IS assets will be targeted not civilians per se but civilians will die Civilians always die and in this case particularly so Terrorists are happy to put their bases

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  • Rick Blum, Author at Litro Magazine
    has 1 posts published in Litro Magazine Rick Blum has been writing humorous essays and poetry for more than 25 years during stints as a nightclub owner high tech manager market research mogul and most recently alter kaker His musings have appeared in Humor Times Boston Literary Magazine Bohemia Journal and The Boston Globe among others Website Twitter Facebook Contact Us General 44 0 20 3371 9971 info litro co uk Sales Advertising enquiries 44 0 20 3371 9971 Email Sales Magazine Editorial editor litro co uk All Online Editorial online litro co uk Book Reviews Author Interviews reviews litro co uk Film Arts Editorial arts litro co uk Litro Lab Podcast litrolab litro co uk LitroTV litrotv litro co uk Litro Listings listings litro co uk Subscribe Stockists Submissions Advertising Our Team About Litro Litro Magazine is a free short stories and creative arts magazine in print and online Providing a place for readers writers and the broader creative community to discuss various aspects of literature arts and culture through features reviews non themed fiction interviews columns and more Perfect reading for those with busy lives When the first issue of Litro was published in April 2005 the main free paper for commuters and city dwellers was the morning Metro Since then many tabloid style free sheets have joined the field like the Metro these can be skim read and quickly discarded Litro is different our central aim has always been to provide commuters and city dwellers with an inspiring thought provoking alternative that takes you places you don t normally think about when travelling around the city We believe literary magazines should not just be targeted at writers themselves or even those with a particular interest in literature instead Litro believes in reaching the general reader whether they

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