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The Road to Gesualdo by Erika Rummel, an extract

Carlo Gesualdo, Prince of Venosa, was a sixteenth century composer and musician. The town of Gesualdo in Campania was also the place where he lived. Spring was in the air. The capes of the two ladies strolling in the garden were fluttering in the warm breeze. It was a glorious day, but Livia was in… Continue reading The Road to Gesualdo by Erika Rummel, an extract

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Harvest Time by Ronald Mackay

Today, as the skin of the cooked beetroot slipped off easily under the gentle pressure of my fingers, I am taken back to the moment my hands first performed that satisfying act. I was four and three hours earlier, had helped my mother lift the raw beetroot from my grandmother’s garden. Back then, responding to… Continue reading Harvest Time by Ronald Mackay

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Barbarians at the Gates by Shane Joseph

Image by Simon Steinberger from Pixabay Once upon a time, a benevolent prime minister looked upon the land and decreed that we would no longer be diminished by books written in the UK and America only, that Canadian writers would stand tall and be recognized for their talents. He opened a war chest to fund… Continue reading Barbarians at the Gates by Shane Joseph

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The Girl from the Attic by Marie Prins

Maddy lives in two worlds.  Here Maddy has stepped through a portal to the past into an attic where she peers through a grate to the kitchen below. Maddy leaned away from the grate, afraid she had been seen by the strangers below her. What were they doing in her kitchen? And why did it… Continue reading The Girl from the Attic by Marie Prins