Broken Biscuits by June Portlock,
My nose runs and my hot penny hand
wipes back the assault;
cuffing the mixed warm stink of
firewood, floury rice, curry powder and
Mrs Fraser with her bosom
round her knees leans of piles of
The Reynolds News and crusty tops of loaves
"What'ja want hinny?"
I stand beneath wobbling heaps
of half-filled sacks and half-empty crates
staring unwilling at fly-blown cards of elastic,
buttons, and teats in rows
like feeding sows.
Extract from Broken Biscuits
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"The Colour of Pegs was at first a short story. When I bought coloured clothes pegs and found myself matching the pegs to the washing, I wondered what kind of person would do this? Maybe someone who had artistic flair but wasn't able to express themselves through more conventional means? More questions followed: why couldn't this individual follow their interest? Who or what was stopping them? This led to the creation of Annie, the heroine of the story and her bully of a husband Mike.
"The story won the Sid Chaplin Short Story Competition in 1998, and the judges Elizabeth Gill and Wendy Robertson advised me to attempt something longer. 'We want more,' they said. Well, more is what they got: The Colour of Pegs is now a full-length novel and you can buy it via Diamond Twig."