Yolk

“Yolk! I’ve struck yolk!” I call out to the rest of the kitchen. A fountain of gloopy golden ooze erupts from the cracked surface. It coats me head to toe, filling my ears and nostrils with the sweet nectar. Toby climbs the shell, bucket in hand. “We’ve hit the motherload baby! We’re gonna be rich…

Writing exercise: 28/02/19

The exercise was to tell a well known news story, story or joke in the voice of one of the following: A 7 year old irish peasant child in 1850 A celebrated Scottish poet in 1780 An imperial Concubian in the forbidden city of the Ming dynasty in 1450 A first year Brookes student in…

5:17 on a Friday

“And now for Sally with the traffic,” “Thanks Johnny, and yes there is an awful lot of traffic building up on the A34, we’re getting reports of a fatal traffic collision involving a motorbike and lorry. Expect delays of up 2 hours as they’ve had to close one lane due to the debris. We’ll get…

An Unwanted Encounter in an Elevator

“Hold the door!” Lily made no attempt to stop the doors from closing. The Man however, made it just in time and stuck his size 12 boot into the closing gap at the last possible second. “Close one eh lass?” The Man chuckled to himself as he straightened his fedora and tucked his shirt deep…

Heart of Darkness

‘So I woke up cold again. Even with a nice puffy duvet and not one but two blankets, I was cold. Even though Bono had crept under the covers during the night, and even with our combined body heat, I was still flipping cold. ‘It’s funny really, Mum used to tell me that there are…

Writing exercise: Writing dialogue

Brief: Write a scene in which there are two people. One person is highly sophisticated, posh and is in a position of power. The other person is uneducated and has no power, they must try to convince the person in power to change their mind over something. For added hilarity, swap the implied accents around….

A Sonnet

I, Angus Broadbent have written a Sonnet! Here it is: A Sonnet When I think about writing a Sonnet, fourteen lines spring to mind with ten syllables per line and a pentameter. Not forgetting four lines in three sets, with rhyming couplets in a Shakespearean manner. A single rhyming couplet at the end. This is…

Homework for this weeks lecture: The Demon Parrot

“At the end of the road, turn left.” “You heard the Sat Nav, Dafydd,” The Parrot chirped menacingly in his ear. Dafydd felt claws digging deeper into his left shoulder. “Not much further now Dafydd, keep your eyes on the road, no funny business.” The tighter the talons dug into his shoulder, the tighter Dafydd…

A writing exercise: Franz Kafka II

The task: Write a passage in which somebody creeps up on someone else, as if you were describing a sequence of shots in an old silent movie. The rain poured hard against the cobbled street, muffling my footsteps. But still, I held my breath. The moon lit up my path, a full moon that glinted down the narrow street. He…

A writing exercise: Franz Kafka I

The task: 1) Write the opening of a piece in which a character awakes to find that something impossibly extraordinary has happened to them overnight – and then decides to go to work as normal. Your opening should contain redundant words it should also involve symbolic hints to the reader of psycho-sexual depths unknown to…