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Open Court narrated by Orla Broderick

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Women and Crime. Why do women commit crimes?

Open Court, Alloa 2022 by Orla Broderick. Excerpt from creative non fiction nature memoir. June 16 2022 My Lord was small and white. His black robe hung well. As if tailored. His face was pinched. Like Soxy’s hole. Above him … Continue reading

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Let’s Talk Soil

Last week,at the new Reuse Hub, Stirling, behind Morrisson’s, me and the dog watched a woman heave a sewing machine into the sales floor, so we went over to help her. She didn’t want the dog under her feet or … Continue reading

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Indomitable Irishry by Orla Broderick

My seanmháthair whispers soft dreams of bog cotton heads. She speaks from Ballyness, by the crossroads. Where women like me are. She speaks as Gaeilge. ‘Is thusa mo leanbh. Is thusa as mise. Is thusa as Tir Chonaill, as Danu.’ … Continue reading

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#SaintBrigid21

I weave reeds for a woman who flew with swans. I’m minded of Native American legend, of the woman who fell from the stars and created Turtle Island. She had sweetgrass, we had bog rushes. We share the same story. … Continue reading

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The returning Goddess

The new front doors make a fortress of our flat. It is cold and wet outside. The yippy dogs are yapping outside or downstairs. A woman is shouting. A woman is coughing. A woman is bleeding. I have woken with … Continue reading

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