Reading Writings is a collection of short stories, poems and personal reflections about Reading, England.
This e-zine explores ideas of home and home-sickness from the perspective of an outsider attempting to build a home. It is a warts-and-all account of the first few years learning to live in and love Reading – a growing, unique and little-discussed town between London and the rest of the country.
Reading Writings was created as part of the Manual Writing remote residency, 2020, organised by Mods Collective, Leipzig.
Today, swans hum and echo as they fly low across the green-brown Thames.
Canal boats plod along with little care for time.
Children dive from bridges into the water littered with hundred-year-old bicycles and rusted shopping trolleys.
And not far downstream, the Thames becomes a raging grey torrent a quarter of a mile wide.