Brilliant + Anonymous: Trigger Warnings

I’m 20. I’m sitting on a bus on my way home from trauma counselling, and I open up the book on healing my counsellor has lent me. The first page has a graphic description of someone being molested. I slam the book shut, and ball my fists up to my eyes and choke back a […]

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Brilliant + Anonymous: I Want My Son Back

It’s like he died. But he hasn’t, he just lives in Woodville. It sounds like a joke, but really, it’s not. He is 24. He moved out, and left a note on the bench. He changed his phone number, and blocked me on Facebook. He ‘allowed’ me to message him via messenger for a while, […]

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Brilliant + Anonymous: The Third Ugliest

When I was fifteen, I was voted the third ugliest person at school. Over twenty years have since passed. Rational adult me knows that I’m not ugly; I have had plenty of men find me attractive, as well as a handful of women. I have aged no better or no worse than the bulk of […]

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Brilliant + Anonymous: I Can Feel Everything

I felt stuck this morning seeing the birth announcement on Facebook of an old work colleague. I wanted to mark the arrival of her baby but I didn’t know what to say. I wanted to say ‘I hope you’re okay’ or ‘the sisterhood is here for you’ but I couldn’t find the words and maybe […]

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Sarah Allen is Brilliant and Amazing

New to writing, this group has been amazing (and brilliant!). After reading a lot about parenting last summer, an article just spilt out of me. A couple of days later, I saw a writing competition, entered my article and I was chosen as a runner up. This was the first thing I had written since […]

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