Anakana Schofield – Author of Bina, Martin John and Malarky

Lots of talk of unemployment down in the West, redolent of the 1980’s, except for the new houses that stand empty some with signs that read LAST FEW REMAINING across them, when it’s clear there are no curtains in the windows and they’re uninhabited.

What wasn’t and is never in short supply are stories that give way and up and over to more stories or anecdotes. They’ve a great way of quoting people, local ordinary people, you may never have heard or seen the man or woman but it doesn’t matter because they’re created right there in the words … as x x person used to say (God rest him added if he/she is dead). It’s v inclusive you don’t have to be ‘deemed’ someone on account of your job or status, you are someone period. Especially if you’ve something to say or had a good turn of phrase or collected a story.

This tradition now continues with texting. The texting contain funny stories back and forth that will be read aloud for a line or few words that hit the spot.

Equally 5 stories/anecdotes later you could be cursed or invoked for being a pain of a man or  woman in nearly the same breath.  Like I said it’s inclusive!

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