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Story writing: Stay with me, my love

Story writing: Stay with me, my love

In the quest for a better understanding of one’s voice as a writer, Neil Gaiman suggests writing in the style of someone else. So I did. … Continue reading on Secret Paths Author's Notes.
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Inspirational Writer

The inspirational ​writer

Alan McCluskey describes himself as an inspirational writer. Rather than following a plot, he is the first reader, discovering the story as he writes (...) Read more on Author's Notes.
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The Favourite

Film: The Favourite

The Favourite, a strange film that plays out in a claustrophobic world, folded in on itself, dripping with decay and decline, cloaked in stuffy air, yet run through with violence and rampant sensuality... Read more on Secret Paths Author's Notes.
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The three bears

Goldilocks

She thrust the golden locks from her eyes, not trusting herself to reply. His question made sense. Why ever would a person risk forcing his way into the cottage, yet steal nothing?...  (To read the rest of this short story, visit Story Fragments)
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Local Voices

A new novel coming soon: Local Voices

In her drive to re-establish women at the heart of hearthside healthcare, Annie is pitted against Health England that targets her and those close to her, wreaking havoc... Read more on Author's Notes.
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Story: A Frustrating French Exam

Story: A Frustrating French Exam

I hurry down the long corridor, passing door after door. I’m late. A French exam awaits me, but I can’t find the right room. I quicken my pace. Most doors are unnumbered... Read the whole story on Story Fragments

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Gallery: Youth is but a stolen season

Gallery: Youth is but a stolen season

Youth is but a stolen season traversed by ephemeral beings.... See the gallery on Secret Paths Artworks.

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Sculptures and photos by Huguette and Alan McCluskey

Sculptures and photos by Huguette and Alan McCluskey

Sculptures by Huguette McCluskey-Cavin and photos and novels by Alan McCluskey at the Atelier du Ruau, Saint-Blaise, CH. Opening: Friday, December 7th from 4 to 7 pm. Read more on Secret Paths Artworks.

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Short story: The hedgehog at the end of the line

Short story: The hedgehog at the end of the line

“Whoops!” The man gave up prising a lump of wax from his ear and pointed a crooked finger at the page. “There’s a hedgehog at the end of the line.”  … Continue reading the short story on  Secret Paths Story Fragments.

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Illustration by Ben Jennings for George Monbiot’s article in The Guardian.

Stories of people who live far from the spotlight

In an article in The Guardian, George Monbiot urges us to pay attention to “(…) the story of people who live far from (…) the spotlight (..)” Untold stories are a central theme of my latest novel, Local Voices. Read more on Author's Notes.