Spotlight Interview V: Madeleine Black

Please tell us a bit about yourself and what you do – whatever practicalities you’re willing to share with readers. Could you share with us what inspires to work tirelessly for social justice. My name is Madeleine Black, I’m 52 and a Londoner living in Glasgow.  My main role is as a psychotherapist but recently published […]

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Frozen: A recounting of abuse

It is standard that young girls are told not to walk alone at night. It is standard that women are taught basic self-defense against boys who might violate their bodies. It is standard that girls are expected to take safety precautions against boys, because boys are expected to hurt us emotionally and physically. No matter […]

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I am by a still pond

This short story, with a hint of magical realism, is about the author’s struggle to leave a destructive relationship. I am by a still pond. Rather I am lying by a still pond. The ground is moist and I am alone. The edge of the water is nearly kissing my cheek but I don’t care, […]

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My life with FGM: Aisha’s story

43 years ago, there was a girl born into this world under the heat of the Sudanese sun. She was born like most girls are born into this world – two arms, two legs, a healthy beating heart, and shrieking, reassuringly, when air first expanded her tiny lungs. This little girl’s mother must have frantically […]

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