Thursday, 12 November 2020

Beans

Photo by Deepansh Khurana on Unsplash

Beans was written for the Mum Life Stories anthology and Micro Fiction competition and I was delighted when it won.

Check out the story, the judges comments and what inspired it here.

Sunday, 1 November 2020

The Indentation of Pearls


The Indentation of Pearls made it as a Finalist and will be published in the Hysteria paperback anthology with quite a few writers I admire. 

Friday, 16 October 2020

Dear Joy

Dear Joy is a drabble I wrote, at a time joy seemed to be in short supply and it popped up this evening on Friday Flash Fiction

Friday, 9 October 2020

The Proper Respect for Water

 

 

The Proper Respect for Water, a piece of flash fiction, about a girl learning to navigate, float and swim in the patriarchal seas, was a semi-finalist in the London Independent Story Prize

➤ Check out my interview, where I talk about it and writing flash, here.

Thursday, 8 October 2020

Bubble-wrap and Brown Paper

Bubble-wrap and Brown Paper, published by Virtualzine, was born in the Bishopsgate Institute during a Vicky Grut creative writing class in January 2020. When it was published today I was surprised to see the mention of 'banana bread' as I'd written this story months before the craze started. This is an example of how things might have more significance to the reader than a writer might have intended and fits nicely in with the themes in this story.

Monday, 5 October 2020

Cloudburst '72

Cloudburst '72 is published in the Cyberpunk 2020 issue of The London Reader. I'm delighted to have my name on the same front page as one of the founders of the cyberpunk literary movement and Nebula award winners like Ken Liu, James Patrick Kelly, and Cat Rambo and Arthur C Clarke Award-winners Gwyneth Jones and Lauren Beukes....and Jakub Szamałek - the principal writer for the game Cyberpunk 2077. Pretty illustrious company for my little story!

But more than that I'm glad to have a platform to explore climate change, sustainability, technology and the human relationships of the future.

The London Reader’s Foreword: This sharply-worded piece of minifiction by Rosaleen Lynch cuts into 2172 and a world ravaged by climate change. Her quick-paced and fine-tuned take on a solarpunk future explores the dense subjects of climate catastrophe and reproductive technology. Despite the state of the devastated world, life emerges when least expected.

Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Contact Lenses

Contact Lenses found the perfect home in Reflex Fiction (the name says it all). They publish stories between 180 and 360 words - the perfect place for a story about the lenses we see through,

 'Write what you know' people say. For this story I knew something about...

  • Wearing contact lenses and glasses
  • Shifts in perspective both psychological and physical
  • The cost of things when you're skint
  • Feeling powerless
  • Getting ready to go on demonstrations to protest & marching on the streets

I don't know everything about these subjects and that's where this story began - with something I didn't know about something I did.  

I wrote it in May 2020 when I was ill, when much of the time all I could do was empathize with and support from afar the protests in the US.

BLM Amnesty Int Front Page
Amnesty International  Front Page

Wednesday, 2 September 2020

Connected

Connected is another 75 word micro published by Paragraph Planet prompted by this Independent article with the headline:

MYSTERIOUS 'HEARTBEAT' DETECTED COMING FROM COSMIC GAS CLOUD

Tuesday, 1 September 2020

Overcharged with Dead

Overcharged with Dead was inspired by a QI fact and a Jude Higgins online workshop prompt. I wrote the words 'Winchester Geese' on my phone during an episode of QI and did some research into the Southward sex workers named after the Bishop of Winchester who gave out prostitution licensees to work in this area of London. 

When Jude asked us to look out on the solstice morning and write about it, I wondered what lockdown would be like for a sex worker during the pandemic. 

I entered it for the 'Home' themed flash fiction prompt in Mslexia and I was delighted that Meg Pokrass chose it for the Exploring Our Animal Natures Issue 87.

Sunday, 23 August 2020

Remington Made Typewriters

I wrote Remington Made Typewriters after watching a great documentary (if you love typewriters) starring Tom Hanks called California Typewriter

This 100 word flash explores that age old adage about the pen being mightier than the sword and found a home with Friday Flash Fiction.

Thursday, 20 August 2020

Paper Cranes

Paper Cranes, published by 50-Word Stories, is a micro I wrote on the 6th of August, the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. 

My tiny fiction takes some inspiration from the real life story of Sadako Sasaki and the hope symbolised in the paper crane. 



Wednesday, 12 August 2020

Duck and Cover

Duck and Cover was one of the winning stories performed by the wonderful Lin Sagovsky at the 'Women and Girls' Liars League event on August 11th.

Read it or listen to it here or watch 👇

Friday, 7 August 2020

Landed My First Kick-flip

This micro, published by Paragraph Planet on August 6th, was inspired by a video of the joy of a Ukrainian girl landing her first kickflip. With the increased interest in pursuits like skateboarding, it is wonderful to see that some good has come from difficult times. 




Tuesday, 21 July 2020

Covid19 Time Capsule Items List (Archive Copy)


I wrote this tiny cautionary tale for the project, inspired by Tim Harford's concerns about having enough glass vials, even if we get enough Covid19 vaccine.


Monday, 22 June 2020

The Berlin Heart

The Berlin Heart is in Paper and Ink Literary Zine #16, the Rebellion Issue. Available for pre-order.




One pound from every zine pre-order, and five pounds from print sales, will be donated to Stop Hate UK. An anti hate crime charity that does great work here in the UK, and is sadly needed more than ever given the current state of affairs.

Friday, 12 June 2020

Circle Time

Circle Time was one of the winners of the Waterloo Festival short story competition run in collaboration with Bridge House Publishing with the theme of : Transforming Communities

The ebook anthology of winning entries was launched on June 12th at an online event and will be published in paperback with the previous year's winners as part of a trilogy of themes in December. 


Saturday, 6 June 2020

Rubin's Vase

Rubin's Vase was published on National Flash Fiction Day 2020 on June 6th.

I got the idea after I watched an episode of Tales from the Loop when a character was shown as being missing from everywhere they had been. I liked the idea of filling that space. 

I researched 'negative space' and started the piece on my phone before I went to sleep and finished it on my laptop next day, pushing for the NFFD FlashFlood deadline. 

'Ma' is used in my story, not just as a missing maternal family figure but as the Japanese word roughly translated as 'negative space'. 

Although the story started out with the name 'Negative Space' when I saw another flash of the same name I changed it. I knew of Rubin's Vase but didn't know that's what it was called. It fit perfectly with my themes around communication, shifting perspective and filling in the blanks.




Wednesday, 27 May 2020

The Karma Economy


The Karma Economy was published in May in Crack the Spine: The Year Anthology 2019.


THE YEAR
A Crack the Spine Anthology
2019

In June 2019 I went to a free event at the Barbican run by The Orwel Foundation's Ministry of Plenty. This event and the 70th anniversary of George Orwell's book 1984 prompted this piece, as well as campaign's such as 'me too' and those related to mental health and inequality, in an increasingly capitalist society where much data is quantitative rather than qualitative and the 1% outweigh the other 99%.

The Karma Economy is looking at what it would be like to balance the books in a different way. To read this piece and some other fantastic stories find it to buy here or you can check out the first few pages for free and read my story there.


Wednesday, 15 April 2020

7 Photos Lie on My Mother's Body | Rising & Falling with the Sea

These two were published on April 15th in Thorn Literary Magazine (Spring Issue, 2020 p.22-25).

Rising and Falling with the Sea went through many incarnations. I nearly gave up on it. It helped to leave it alone and come back to it after reading other stories for inspiration. It started in a workshop by Judith Johnson where the challenge was to start a story with a body. The Perkins-Gilman story The Yellow Wallpaper (1892) prompted the addition of magic realism & references to mental health. Woolf's To the Lighthouse (1927) gave me the title, the refrain and the artist view and for the most recent draft I reread Shelly's Ozymandias (1826).

I wrote Seven Photos Lie on My Mother's Body more recently, to have a go at a list story. I like exploring memory as a theme because I have no autobiographical memory and have to rely on photos and other people's memories - both of which can lie.


Thorn Lit Mag (1.1) SPRING 2020

Friday, 10 April 2020

The Birthday Cake Approaches

This micro, published by Paragraph Planet, on April 10th is a response to our time with Covid19 and a look into perhaps how a child might look back on it, this time next year.

Sunday, 5 April 2020

Tulips for the Homeless

Tulips for the Homeless was written as a YA flash which Reflex Fiction published as having just missed out on longlisting.

 This piece came from seeing a bunch of tulips by a sleeping bag outside Westminster Station. I set it in Cork in Ireland where Patrick's bridge had just got a makeover and took some of the themes which come with regeneration and homelessness and community.


 The tulips I saw as a symbol of hope, like spring or the sunrise of a new day.

Tuesday, 31 March 2020

The Room on the Ledge




The Room on the Ledge was published in Issue Five of The Wellington Street Review, a 'quarterly journal specialising in creative responses to the past'.

The story came from a memory of a visit to an old hotel on the coast of England and experience of inner-city regeneration in London.

Wednesday, 11 March 2020

The Cubital Fossa

The Cubital Fossa was printed in the beautifully designed Ellipsis Zine, Seven: She Cries Honey.

The Cubital Fossa was one of those stories that comes from a question. It was an August evening in 2019 when it was so hot I found sweat on the inside of my elbow and I wondered what that part of the elbow was called. I paired that with some of what I knew about hyper-mobility (which my daughter and I have) and some other themes which I've thought about as a youth and community worker and treated it all with a touch of magic-realism.


Sunday, 8 March 2020

Other Uses for a Woman's Body

'Other Uses for a Woman's Body' was written to address Lunate's themed competition for International Women's Day. As I usually write with more than one theme in mind when our Idea Store Creative Writing Class tutor talked about Green Week at the library and writing themed flashes for that I entwined the themes with first line I liked as a starting point:

"When we ran out of sandbags we used our women's bodies."


"Other Uses for a Woman’s Body by Rosaleen Lynch. This story captivated us with a dystopian world and the sense of history and carefully constructed sense of family contained within. So much is achieved in this small story, containing a deeply compelling narrative voice and imagery that stuck with us long after we finished reading. It is a story that throws its reader into the deep-end of the action and keeps them there, unable to turn away from the unfolding events, rescuing them only at the very end with a sliver of hope"

Wednesday, 4 March 2020

Life Sentence


This was my first First acceptance of 2020. 
A tiny little piece - only 25 words long, but it's found a good home 
in the 'Life Sentence' section of Issue 85 of Mslexia.

 
Issue 85 of Mslexia arrived with my words in it, 
only 25 but it's a beginning. 
More words next time I hope. 

 




Thursday, 20 February 2020

Pancakes

Another micro fiction of mine called Pancakes was published by Paragraph Planet and it appeared, unsurprisingly enough, on the 25th of February 2020 - Pancake Tuesday.



Monday, 10 February 2020

Harvest


Harvest is a microfiction in Crack the Spine's themed anthology Neighbors, launched in February 2020. 

This was a strange little one for me. The prompt originally came from a creative writing workshop called Write On - Creative Writing Workshop (September 2019) run by the author Z. Nia Reynolds at the Waterloo Action Centre. Such a lovely supportive workshop with a range of writing activities - some of which I begrudgingly engaged in but all of which paid dividends in learning.

Writing to prescription is not my strong point so if asked to choose an item from a bag and use it as a prompt to write there and then, I panic. I have a contrary nature - I like boundaries but if they feel too tight I push against them or try to flip them over.

On this occasion I got a glass jar from the bag and although it was more of a Crème brĂ»lĂ©e type, thoughts of jam jars and recycling, conservation and preservation came to mind. So my first line starts with the narrator holding a jam jar to collect and preserve someone's last breath. 

Maybe something to do with pollution levels of where I live in Tower Hamlets? This article talks about how our children are 'growing up with reduced lung capacity' because of this pollution. 

Some neighbours are better than others.

Friday, 27 December 2019

Fruit is the New Gold

If you want a quick fiction fix, check out Paragraph Planet. They publish a new 75 word story every day. On the third day of Christmas they published my little paragraph story Fruit is the New Gold below.


Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Submarine

My short story Submarine was published in Issue #51 Metalheads of Jellyfish Review.

This story began on a train to Whitstable when I first saw an old submarine leaning in the estuary we were crossing. It was a year later before I went back to the image, when I went back to Whitstable and I began writing the story while we were held up crossing on the same bridge. The time that had passed between crossings gave me the story to tell.




Sunday, 15 December 2019

Red Grass



Delighted to have my short story Red Grass published in the Motherhood edition of The London Reader (Winter 2019) alongside established names like Emma Donoghue.

The London Reader's Foreword: This painful work of minifiction by Rosaleen Lynch protrays an incident of domestic violence similar to what far too many women face. While those whose job it is to be guardians of the peace can end up complicit in abuse, it is often mothers, as we see in "Red Grass", who are forced to show strengthe and take on the role of peace-keepers themselves.

Support The London Reader through Patreon and read this and other issues.

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

My Father the Somniloquist



in
Rendez-Vous and Short Édition Story Dispensers.
The October issue has 1, 3 and 5 minute pieces...

..."ranging from bone-chilling poems to cerebral and evocative short stories that challenge the relationship between material and immaterial, reality and the paranormal."

Friday, 30 November 2018

Flamingos of the Salinas



City of Stories was a London Libraries partnership with Spread the Word to discover and create stories by: 

  • Celebrates/promotes stories to readers in London libraries
  • Engages diverse communities with telling their own stories
  • Supports the development of emerging short story writers

In 2018, over 800 people participated in City of Stories. The winning entries were published in a City of Stories anthology, available to read in participating libraries across London.

My story Flamingos of the Salinas was published in the 2018 City of Stories anthology.

Sunday, 11 November 2018

My Mother Left me for a Tree

The Word For Freedom


A collection of 24 short stories celebrating a hundred years of women’ suffrage, from writers inspired by the suffragettes and whose stories, whether set in 1918, the current day or the future, focus on the same freedoms that those women fought for so courageously.

Through this anthology Retreat West Books is proud to support Hestia and the UK Says No More campaign against domestic abuse and sexual violence.

 
Reviews:

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The Literary Shed

The Literary Sofa

Hair Past a Freckle

Write Right

My Reading Corner

Books, Life and Everything



 


My Mother Left Me for a Tree is a short story exploring how feelings around abandonment may not concern themselves with how loss occurs - whether someone dies, leaves or isn't emotionally present. And how/if these feelings manifest may not be as expected.

The Word for Freedom is available  to buy in kindle and paperback. Proceeds go to Hestia who  support over 9,000 adults & children in crisis across London every year with their experiences of domestic abuse, modern slavery & mental health needs.

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Introduction


I use writing in many ways in my reflective practice and CPD as a youth work professional and more generally in my personal life. As well as this I write short stories, poetry (a few are on this site) and am developing the skills necessary to write a novel. 

I also consider pictures to be means to understanding and enjoy illustrating my articles and posts whether it is a photograph from an anti-war demo or a drawing of a mnemonic or an idea that catches me.
 
Much of my writing is about education and development and is influenced by my experiences as a youth worker in the East End of London and my travels further afield. 

Originally from Ireland, displacement and perspective feature heavily in my writing as well as ways to explore experience and learning in ways that develop an individual and society.


A year long experiment in reflective practice. I put myself on a course, call it a journey, an education or a treatment to cure. 52 Quotes in 52 weeks. I was looking for life inspiration from others. To be moved and motivated. To examine and enlighten my experiences. Learning from the learned. Words from the wise.

52 random acts of kindness that each take under 52 seconds. One action each week, over a year takes less than an hour of your life.

My experience of writing, from coming out as a writer to advice from other writers and reviews. My learning and development as a writer.
My Illustration Style

Lists

We all love lists. Ok some more than others. I have created
some I've found either easiest to understand or to follow.

WTW

Where to Write. Starting to review locations suitable for writing according to 15 criteria from the breathability to creativity.


Ways

An early blog I carried out over some years of youth work called: Ways To Make the World A Better Place

Sunday, 21 January 2018

On Writing: 5 Short Stories


Words: 100
Theme/Genre: Flash fiction on memory 
Why? Poor memory, recent Alzheimer developments and the use of memory for writing bring my fears to mind. The challenge was to write those fears in 100 words.
Published by: Friday Flash Fiction


Words: 360
Theme/Genre: Flash fiction fairy tale on the struggles of individuals V's society
Why? My three brother's were the inspiration for this. I tried to capture something of their individual talents and characters and their unifying and universal quests as men.  
Published by: Flash Flood Journal
Rusted


Words: 500
Theme/Genre: Short story addressing the set theme 'Curiosity'. 
Why? Initially 'curiosity killed the cat' came to mind, followed by the over -used Schrodinger's cat. I veered clear of cats turning instead to the fear and excitement of the unknown, from the curiosity shop window to that of a relationship.
Published by: Dear Damsels

Rusted

Words: 479
Theme/Genre: Flash fiction addressing the theme 'Punk'
Why? Relationships can get a little rusted, pins can hold  anything together and rebellion comes in many guises.


 Paper and Ink Literary Zine (2017, p. 17)

Under the Gaze of the Lion

Words: 710
Theme/Genre: Short story
Why? Prompted by visits to The Last Tuesday Society in London's East End and Ireland's Fota Wild life & Conservation Park in Cork.
Published by: Ellipsis Zine

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Review: God is Dead by Ron Currie

God Is DeadGod Is Dead by Ron Currie Jr.
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

God is Dead feels less like a novel and more a collection of short stories linked by the title theme. Although many of the satirical episodes stand up on their own (as can be seen by those previously published as stand-alones) the structure of the book lends itself more to a reading by dipping in and out rather than an engaging and driven narrative.

I began the book, interested and impatient to read about this world, meeting characters I invested in and plot lines that were intriguing. As the book went on I discovered I was not going to meet most of these characters again, plot lines were discontinued, some adjacent and intermittent and some completely unrelated. And the world as central character in the any overall story was underdeveloped and inconsistent and sometimes looked like it was just tacked on to link the individual stories together, much like the bible quotes before each chapter.

I started out excited and intrigued by the book and its characters but by the end I just didn't care.

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Thursday, 20 April 2017

Review: Rozencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

NT Live broadcast from The Old Vic Tom Stoppard's play Rozencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead in cinemas around the country on the 20th of April 2017. Daniel Radcliff and Joshua McGuire are two minor characters from Hamlet who are barely able to understand their part in the action. Through them we see the story of Hamlet, sometimes seep in, sometimes sneak in and sometimes explode onto the stage in bizarre situations and comic scenes.

NT Live: Why?

If bringing theatre to the masses is the remit, NT Live has succeeded as far as I'm concerned. NT Live has certainly meant that I have been able to experience more live theatre. For the price of a cinema ticket I am able to go to my local cinema and see a West End play. And if I appreciate this, not just from the perspective of cost but because it takes me 20 minutes to go to the cinema but up to two hours to get to the theatre, then I would imagine those who don't live in London appreciate it even more.

The Play

Tom Stoppard's play on reading it, promises surreal comedy which is hard sometimes to elicit from the page. On the stage however, in the hands of Radcliff and McGuire we see what it was all about.  The ridiculous antics of the comic pairing is laugh out loud funny. Laurel and Hardy. The two Ronnies. Fry and Laurie. Whatever era you remember best. A brilliant mixture of slapstick, wit and social commentary. David Haig is the icing on the theatrical cake.

West India Quay Cineworld

One consideration with regard to cinema screening is that 2 out of the last 5 productions at the West India Quay cinema have had technical hitches, losing sound on one occasion and at this screening losing the correct aspect ratio. Radcliff and McGuire with distorted proportions, looked like hobbits with short torsos and long feet and when they stretched out a hand or arm seemed to reach to the other side of the stage which luckily added to the comic effect and only for the first twenty minutes.

Next Screening?

Jude Law in Obsession, live from the Barbican Theatre on May 11th.  

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Review: The Garden Party

The Garden PartyThe Garden Party by Katherine Mansfield
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Garden Party delights in setting and breaking the boundaries of class, convention and experience. A hat, like the one worn, can be a marker of all three especially when handed down from mother to daughter. Death, the great leveler raises questions on these areas which is balanced out by all the limitless possibilities of life, once you are not restrained or restricted by such boundaries as class, convention or experience.

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