Toxic Gulf

years since the gap first appeared between the teeth of a little girl picking raspberries from her mother’s hand by the poisoned stream a toxic tale of porcelain has traced its tiny fingers round the lines on contour maps (&…

Eurovision 2015: Ah, Vienna!

Having watched the 2015 Eurovision final in its entirety, I would agree with the general observation that the entrants this time around were mostly lacking in the somewhat indescribable pizazz that is compulsory if you want to win.

Åsa Strålande in ‘Tanto’

Tanto is a work of fiction set in present-day Stockholm, and features locations and practices that will be familiar to residents of that city but which may seem strange to non-Swedes (as may the dialogue, which is almost exclusively rendered in Swedish). However, the story also features several fictional venues and—needless to say—characters and is suitable for all readers over the age of 18. All you really need to know is that Tantolunden (or Tanto for short) is a park on Södermalm in central Stockholm. This first chapter of the story was sent to subscribers to my Poem of the Week email newsletter in April 2014. It also appeared on Medium for about two minutes. Come and join me on a journey to ... Tanto ...