I get it. I do. When Black Lives Matter started in 2013 I didn’t understand it either.

Surely, I thought, all lives matter?

I worked in a very diverse school, which I loved. I abhorred racism, misogyny, homophobia… I believed in equality. I believed we lived in an equal society…

It’s eight weeks into the UK lockdown and deaths in the UK are officially approaching 35,000 (not counting those who died at home or without being tested, leading some to place the death toll closer to fifty thousand). The number of deaths are usually over four hundred a day and…

When I applied for my MA in Creative Writing almost twenty years ago, a portfolio of work had to be included. This could be fiction (excerpts of a longer piece or short stories), poetry or plays. I wasn’t much of a short story writer at that point and had given…

From Friday the 13th to date.

The aim of this list is to document all the lies told during the election campaign and exposed since. If you know of any I’ve missed please leave a comment. Let’s hold this government accountable.

  1. Ian Levy, newly elected Conservative MP for Blyth Valley…

I’m not going to tell you how I voted in the 2016 referendum. I’m not going to tell you how I feel now and whether those feelings have changed from three years previous. What I am going to tell you about what our politicians don’t want you to know, about…

A friend went to the Foundling Museum in London recently and, without giving away too much of the detail that was confided to her, she met an elderly woman whose birth mother had been a vulnerable child and had been raped, leading to the elderly lady’s conception. Immediately, I felt…

When I tell people I will never work in an academy school, they are confused. This was a huge talking point when the government (temporarily, as it turned out) declared all schools were to become academies by 2020. …

Red by Asja Boros

It was miserable starting to hate your body so young and I was not the only teenager being taught to hate what nature and genetics had given me. Many of my female friends made themselves sick, we would walk to and from school talking about it as if it were perfectly normal. The only thing that stopped me making myself sick — and I mean the only thing — was my absolute phobia of vomiting, a fear I still have to this day. We were taught to hate our bodies and analyse them within a millimetre of fat before we were even legal adults.

The physical insults which were hurled at me were all from boys. Every single one. Boys didn’t particularly like me; I didn’t know how to talk to them so I just didn’t. I realise now this made me seem aloof and probably ‘stuck up’. I was just a shy girl…

EH Walter

EH Walter is a writer who lives in Barnet, north London. Her interests include history, historical fiction, social equality and allotmenting.

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