‘Running Away’ in Island #153

I have a personal-literary essay, about a complex fantasy I experience when I’m deeply anxious, in the latest Island mag. This one was very hard to write – I had to tackle some unexpected feelings of shame – but I’m glad I pushed myself to go deep into it. The essay actually ties in fairly well with some of the motivations behind writing my character, Jeff, who runs away to remote Scotland and proceeds to obliterate his own feelings by living as another. Jeff is living with shame, but does he feel enough shame about the true potential damage he is inflicting upon a young woman, perhaps upon time itself?

Island #153 also features work by Cate Kennedy, Laura McPhee-Browne, Josephine Rowe, Fiona McFarlane and many others. I can’t wait to get into it this weekend.

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