Harder to Love

It’s the last day of term and parents nationwide are rejoicing at the thought of two weeks without the frantic rush of the school run, the tedium of nightly spelling, ...

Ordinary Things

Trigger Warning and Content Note This is an essay about a range of distressing experiences, including sexual assault. Please take care. Fake fruit We were close, my large extended family. ...

Three

One day I kissed three different boys. All in the same day. Let’s call them Past, Present, and Future. This was completely uncharateristic of me. I’m one of those serial ...

Dreaming of a Childhood without Demons

The church I grew up in, where I spent fifteen of the most impressionable years of my life, handed out lists of shows we couldn’t watch and music we couldn’t ...

Ah, Parents

Yesterday I was in a grump. One of those kinds that feel like it is totally unfair but also completely legitimate. My parents were here. It’s a loaded phrase isn’t ...

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 ...