The Iris and the Cypress

In memory of our own beautiful tree and the speculation surrounding its demise, I thought I would dig out a story I wrote over two years ago for a special person. “Is it true?” She asked yesterday. Yes Habibti, it’s true😭 The Black Iris or Iris...

Diamond Part 1

Although this piece is about Bandile the diamond miner, the underlying subject is forbidden love. I hope you enjoy it. Bandile is twenty-nine. He works at the Premier Diamond Mine 25 kilometres east of Pretoria in South Africa. His job is to look after the huge...

Diamond Part 2

The compound’s triple fence is four metres high and ten metres apart. That’s two gaps totalling twenty metres. The distance to the walkway is forty metres and to the field outside of the compound, fifty. One hundred at thirty metres, ten more than his longest...