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You may have noticed I have been quite quiet on this blog. In part, that’s been because of the move to Glasgow BUT ALSO BECAUSE OF THIS:


My collection of flash fiction, entitled On The Edges of Vision will be released in 2015 by Queen’s Ferry Press!


Here’s a link to my bio on Queen’s Ferry Press.


I am so thrilled. The collection was previously known as Monstirs, and several of the flash have been published in journals lately (check out my Fiction list for a read of them)


This is all a wonderful dream.


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More Books on My Radar – Small Press Delights

I am not allowed to buy books at the moment

I am NOT allowed to buy books at the moment.

D and I are moving flat soon, and simply now is not a good time to buy more books.

So of course, I have been seeing books I want to read EVERYWHERE and none of them are library books, of course.

Check them out:


  • Chelsea Hodsons’ chapbook Pity the Animal – Goodreads reviews Glacially cool looking, and spoken of widely with great enthusiasm (Future Tense Books)


  • Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen’s The Rabbit Back Society – I’m looking for a wintery read, and this quote on the (urgh) Amazon page really sells it – ‘[The Rabbit Back Literature Society] Mixes the small-town surrealism of Twin Peaks with the clandestine-society theme of Donna Tartt’s The Secret History’ The List. (Pushkin Press)


  • Amina Cain’s Creature – from the excellent Dorothy Press ‘Amina Cain’s Creature brings together short fictions set in the space between action and reflection, edging at times toward the quiet and contemplative, at other times toward the grotesque or unsettling.’ (Dorothy)


  • Sara Woods’ Wolf Doctors – I think the cover is really cool, and Sara is too, from what I have seen of her on various social media platforms. Poetry, strangeness and heart. (Artifice Books)



Any I’m missing? All of them, I’m missing them all. Ach, well. For now.

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‘Limber’ up on Corium Magazine

Another from Monstirs is live now, along with the rest of the new issue of Corium:


Four boys run together along the sodden woodland track. Soon one of them will be lost. It had been raining in Maryland for the whole month of September. Even the mushrooms have drowned.


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Fittingly for the mood of the story, it’s raining here, thunder rounding across the tenements, the gulls sounding a little less raucous, a little more mournful than usual.


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‘No One’s Gonna Take My Soul Away’ up on decomP

A flash piece, about Lana Del Rey as an ambiguous monster hunter, is now ready to view in the new issue of decomP:


Smatter on the street corner. A godless sun direct overhead. Police are here already for the remnants. Claw marks chalked in the sidewalk. A body consumed and wiped away from the mouth with a delicate back of the hand. Is it too obvious? Out of all the celebrities, that the most monstrous should be her?


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I really look forward to reading the whole issue as well, over my morning tea.


In further news, another piece from Monstirs has been accepted by Corium. More on that later.



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wisteria, I think?



yellows! and some blue



fluff and dock?






blackberries coming in



poppies on disturbed ground

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The Scottish Independence Referendum: A Clear Cool Space

18th of September, 2014.


That’s the big date here in Scotland. The date of the referendum, the vote on whether or not Scotland should be an independent country, a distinct entity separate from the UK. And of course I want to talk about it here. But I want to contribute, not to blether, so.


If you are based in Scotland, either as a UK national, an EU national or a qualifying member of a Commonwealth country, or if you are an overseas voter registered to vote in Scotland, you will be eligible to have your say in the future of Scotland on this date. This is a quick public service announcement to get yourself registered if you qualify but haven’t done so yet. You have to do so by the 2nd of September. You can vote in person at a polling station, or by postal vote. Don’t lose your say!


I’m sure by now you have heard all manner of debate, from both sides. Facts and figures leveled  like cannons. Insults slung and voices raised. You’ve heard panic, doom-saying, scorn. You’ve seen public figures you don’t much care for talk, talk talk. Many of the speakers are men, big yins, happy to take up public space, to further their own fame. I am not here for that.


This here is for the undecideds.

The voters who feel tired.

Those who have felt they aren’t being listened to, that nobody cares.

Those who know which way they are swaying, but still need a moment of peace.


Full disclosure: If you know me, you’ll know I want a yes vote. It’s right there in my Twitter picture. I’m not voting with a particular party. I’m voting for opportunity. For uncertainty. Because the current situation is unpleasant to me. I don’t like war: I don’t like empire. I want an end to both, a country that will be peaceful, humane, free from nuclear weapons, run with the future health of the planet on its mind. I want away from Tory governments. I’m not too keen on a world where people are born to rule. I want the chance at a fairer society. I think we’re a good lot, and in a smaller nation, our voices will be heard more clearly. I know, however, that an independent Scotland is not necessarily going to get all those things that I want. So I understand many voters may balk at risk, at the cults of personality who currently hold sway. You might agree with all these aims above, and still not know how to vote. Because, because. The world is complex. The sea changes every day.


I want, just for you to know that this post is here to say: what you do on polling day is a matter for your own heart.


Here’s permission to still the noise. To centre on your hand, writing your choice on that bit of paper. Here’s a clear, cool circle around you, with no judgments. Only the wish that you take your chance to be heard. Only your decision, and yours alone.


I wish all of you well. On the 18th of September, I’ll be watching the votes come in with my heart in my mouth, just like all of you. Join me on Twitter: @HelenMcClory if you like. Talk with me. Let’s be a part of this, whatever it turns out to be.

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Silent post: York, greenery+stone


in the Minster



climbing the tower






from the heavens



ceiling of the Minster chapter house



the great wall of york



the road along the wall



within the limits




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