Here you will find a few translation and interpreting related blogs, and – under ‘2.6 writing’ – a creative writing series I did during lockdown in 2020.   I will be back to writing about translation, interpreting and other linguist things shortly!   

What is 2.6 writing about?  The 2.6 challenge was to help charities make up fundraising losses due to covid19 and lockdown restrictions.  I decided to do a daily challengewriting exactly 260 words each time, on a different aspect of the theme  ‘At home.’  I raised money for Scottish Women’s Aid, to help women and children who don’t have the safety that home is supposed to mean. There is a link to a Justgiving page after each entry. If you enjoy even one of the days and donate a few pounds for that one, that would be something! Thanks.

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2.6 Writing

21. Far cry

We think home is a building, brick on solid brick. But this structure is porous, its walls are no friends. It is not my sanctuary; …

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22. Clean slate

The text arrives first thing, the phone’s silent lock lifting, reconnecting you to life. Just to let you know the news – Zec and Den’s …

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23. Off-grid

An abandoned container lies in the disused harbour, where boats are no longer anchored. There is nothing left around it besides overgrown grass and rusted …

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24. Rounds

She’s there already at the foot of the stairwell, clipboard ready. “Alright?” she raises one eyebrow. “Ready for battle?” “Not really, but best get on …

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25. Inside

So we paint. We draw and sculpt and use chalk, charcoal, pastels and oils, if we have those. If not, we make our art out …

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26. At home

At Lancaster there are flowers – pinks and whites in brimming ceramic troughs, they nod and smile in neatly-spaced flashes from the otherwise drab platform. …

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