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This is our town – 3 min short story/ poem

Hiss of samosas hitting the frying pan.

Crackle from chips being wrapped.

Vibrating boom from the record stall.

This is our ends.

The air alive with spices and smoke and handshakes and happy how’s-your-mothers.

Chuckles and street cackles bounce around the market. The paved streets lined with locals with rich stories. Faces familiar and friendly. Undeterred.

Crowds gather around Jackie fruit and veg as she retells that story we love to hear,  just one more time Jackie.

This is our town. Radio John snoozing on his stall, Viv’s leopard’s prints and Ahmed’s fish. They’ll be around forever.

No matter how many tall gawky coffee shops with spindly metal chairs sitting outside and fingers clattering on silver white laptops.

This will always be our town.

 

 


Thanks for reading! Hope you enjoyed my short story/ poem (I’m definitely not a poet!). This  piece came about when I went on a writing trip with The Writing Squad where we explored gentrification on London through photography and writing.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below! Thank you all so much for staying with me and reading my stories!

D x

Some more photos from the writing trip #NotAPhotographer

 

Our Town Dija Mulla Short story poetry

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Endless Numbered Days review by Claire Fuller | book review blog

Our Endless Numbered Days – Book Review

This is one of those books that you can’t stop thinking about days after reading it.

Beautifully written and utterly haunting, Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller is about a father who lies to his little girl about the world ending and then runs away into the depths of a forest in Germany.

The most delicious aspect of the story for me was how the effect of this life of isolation and living off the land had an effect on Peggy (the daughter) and her father.

My favourite characters were Peggy, I thought she was brilliantly written and I especially loved the way teenage Peggy was portrayed.

I also loved Peggy’s mother, I’ve never encountered the mother figure described the way Ute was – she wasn’t a typical molly coddling motherly stereotype, she’s a strong person in her own right and her melodrama added some humour to the dark story.

I highly recommend this book. I couldn’t stop thinking about it for weeks. The story and the events that unfold are unsettling and there was such depth to the characters that I was completely sucked into the story and it took me a long time to get out again. I love it when books have that kind of effect! Well done Claire Fuller!

I give this book an 8/10

What did you think? Have you read it? Let me know in the comments below.

Thanks for reading

D x

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Diamond thief short story by Dija Mulla fashoin fiction story

Diamond Thief – 30 second short story

 

I’m the diamond thief. Rocking and rolling from one easy store to the next. One smile and the keys are mine. One joke and the tills are empty. One quick story and the diamonds are gone. They frown. I smirk. They reach for the phone. I’m already gone.

Very short story about fashion

Thanks for stopping by and reading my stories! And thank you for all the comments, likes, and social media love. It means a lot :) This outfit is all about the smiles! It’s a very light outfit with the leather jacket giving it a bit of an edge. The shoes and the floaty skirt makes it the kind of outfit you can run, dance and steal diamonds unnoticed in ;) You might recognise the leather jacket from my previous fashion short story. I only have two leather jackets, this one’s from Topshop and I absolutely love it – I just love the sleeves!

White top from Topshop, skirt from Asos Petite, Jacket from Topshop, shoes from Asos, and I can’t remember where I got the sunglasses from – maybe New Look? Location: Richmond Park, London


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