P says: Okay, J's off carting wood-chips so I've jumped on his laptop to introduce you to Susannah Poole. I first read her story embedded in a longer work which impressed me with its freshness and lightness of touch. I was delighted to meet up again with Susannah via this thoughtful, upbeat story of student politics marrying . . . love?
Susannah says: I wrote my Slightly Peculiar Love Story before I was pregnant with the baby who is now (thankfully) asleep. The story is set in a world I used to live in, in what feels like a totally different lifetime. The nineties. Sometimes I wish I could go in a time machine back to this 'era' and be a fly on the wall. I suspect watching it would bring up a variety of emotions: embarrassment, sympathy, amusement. The closest I could get to a time machine was to write while listening to music that my friends and I played in our flats and through our walkman headphones during that time. At the moment the music I listen to is the music I play to my baby: a Mozart piece that seems to calm her into sleep and a Canadian children's singer named Raffi who my sister and I loved when we were kids.
Well, Susannah tells me she's photophobic — no, make that photo phobic — so I'll add an illustration from the RMBlog photo album instead … leaping from the '90s to the 1800s, and trotting out the Valentine's Day card we had made for The Glass Harmonica which celebrates, among other things, love's electricity.
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