Christmas Eve: A Short Story

The stolen coins in her pocket sit awkwardly against her hipbone. Kit feels their bulk at her side with every step she takes: their muffled, metallic jingle is still faintly audible from inside her jeans. She compels herself to make smooth movements, gliding like a slow-motion ice skater as she guides her buried treasure back to the windowsill. Her thin hands twist the clasp with ease. The fingers are dry, knuckles raw from the cold, but after so many years of practice they remain well trained for this kind of work. ‘Aren’t you a natural escape artist? Just like a kitten!’ Kit freezes – hands outstretched – at the sudden recollection of her mother’s voice. Twenty years have passed, but for a

It's beginning to look a lot like ... the last blog post of 2017!

A short and sweet post this time - perfect (I hope!) for the festive season! I'd like to start by saying a huge thank you to everyone who has contributed to the Glasgow Gallerina community this year. Whether you've browsed and even bought some of my paintings, or read and written to join in with my literary work (here's looking at you, Sara McQueen and the contributors to the Pentimenti Project!) it has truly made such a difference to me and my hope of building a life in which I can combine creativity with compassion. As many of you know, I donate 10% of the profits from the sale of my paintings and illustrations to the Scottish SPCA: a charity that protects and rehomes vulnerable animals in

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