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    Looking at the Stars – Jo Cotterill

    “The day the soldiers came, we cheered. We weren’t supposed to, of course; if Potta had seen us, he would have been furious; but we couldn’t help it. Jenna and I were on our way back from the reed beds, our arms full of plants for use at home, when we saw the dust rising up in the distance.” For Mini life hasn’t been great for five years, since the Kwana came into power. Women were stopped from working, girls were kicked out of school and made to wear headscarves denouncing their age for the world to see, until they were married. Mini wants nothing more that for things to…

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    Hello Darkness – Anthony McGown

    “I was sitting on the can when it all kicked off. Third cubicle from the wall. You could be pretty sure of finding me there at 11.30 on a Tuesday morning. That’s because 11.30 on a Tuesday morning meant double maths, and even the sour tang in the boys’ pissoire beat the heck out of quadratic equations, and the stale pleasure of speculating about whether Mr McHale would be wearing the brown safari jacket with the red food stains, or the red jacket with brown stains.” Johnny Middleton’s school can only be described as a detention centre, you’d call it hell but even hell can’t compare. Run under the dictatorship…