The wave goodbye

I enter through a stain-glassed door where I immediately notice a host of familiar faces, my father, my aunt, and other relatives who I have not spoken to in years. I scan the crowd for a welcoming smile and findRead more…

Post-suicide trauma

**Trigger warning: references to sexual assault, trauma, and suicide** My childhood sexual perpetrator hung himself before facing a courtroom for child molestation charges, served by someone else. I was nine when he sexually assaulted me. I lacked the foresight, theRead more…

Hollywood heart

On January 27 we hosted a special Story-share event at Smith’s Alternative, themed around ‘new beginnings’. Below is a transcript of the talk shared by Sarah Mason. Hollywood Heart I was born into an artist’s house, where naked women languished on theRead more…

I love my Ugali

When raiders attacked our village one night in 1982, my mother gathered up my three siblings and me and fled. She left the food she was about to serve still in the cooking pot over the fire place. I wasRead more…