I’m now back from a month long writing retreat at the Rockefeller Foundation in Bellagio where I’ve been working on the first draft of a new story. Now begins the process of re-drafting and polishing but all I’ll say for now is that it’s set in 1950 in post war London. There’s a boy and there’s a dog …

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