Writing on Light By Holland Park School

Writing on Light is an anthology of stories and poems by students in the First Story group at Holland Park School, where I’ve been Writer-in-Residence since September 2011. When I say “Writer-in-Residence” I don’t mean that I’ve actually been living there, although the new Reception area, with its glass sides and orchids and low chrome-and-leather sofas, could easily be mistaken for the atrium of a swish hotel. No, I’ve simply been visiting the school every Wednesday afternoon, and sitting down with a group of twenty-odd students to write, and talk about writing.

William Fiennes, First Story writer-in-residence at Holland Park School.


The Key

By Ellie MacCarthy

I sit alone on the grainy surface of a cold wooden work desk. I glance around me, overseen by a pair of giant hawk-like eyes. Glaring. A warm finger prods me, turns me over, twists me around its palm. I think back to my days of beauty, to my days of wearing a chivalrous suit of silver armour. Now I lie in shame. Broken. Battered. Bruised. Smothered in a thick layer of fiery rust. No longer am I used for providing joy, or opening white-washed mansions with their towering oak doors. No longer can I feel the sensation, the slight tingle of the twist inside a lock. Fitting perfectly, like a long lost puzzle piece. Belonging.

My intricate design that once showcased my beauty and elegance remains engraved, yet bears scars, speckles of decaying greys and musty greens. I long to be used once again, to be handled, reunited with my lifelong sweetheart, my perfect match. Dust and ancient spider webs cover my gaping symmetrical crevices, slowly intoxicating my slender body.

My ageing spine shows signs of my weakness. Dreams of returning to my former glory have long deteriorated. Any glimmer of hope has disappeared in the glimpse of a moment. Smothered. Shoved into a deep dark velvet bag. A violent clang and clash of noises, haunting my ever-returning nightmares. Taunting me. Invading my mind, like an army of toy soldiers. Destroying my heart, piece by piece.


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