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“The Mirror”

She had caught her reflection in the mirror, and once her eyes had found it they were not inclined to let it go. It was not vanity or a certain degree of self-obsession, but rather it was curiosity and the pursuit of study. She liked to see herself as others saw her, to see herself like a stranger she would pass on the street, to see herself as someone and something she does not and may not truly know. To see herself as all surface and no depth, a shell with no echo of the sea. Continue reading “The Mirror”

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The Life Chronicles: “Never Ask A Stranger On A Coach Why They’re Crying”

He is travelling from home to a weekend with his girlfriend. Crammed in a window seat on the coach after running for his London connection. In a pair of jeans and a pale green shirt. Thirty-eight with flecks of grey hair rising in the arches of his hairline like new rot. He holds a copy of a Sunday Times Bestseller in one hand, and in the other, his phone. He sips a coffee from the fold out tray in front of him. Alert to the goings on out of the coach window, he turns to face inwards for one moment; and in that moment catches the eye of the girl sat next to him on the aisle seat, pressed up to her sports bag as though it were a life source. In the moment they make eye contact he sees that she is crying. Crystal tears building like soap suds in her eyes. She looks away and stares at the blue lights on the ceiling of the coach. And he wonders why she is crying. It’s unusual to cry on public transport, he thinks to himself. Continue reading The Life Chronicles: “Never Ask A Stranger On A Coach Why They’re Crying”

The Paddon Award 2018

Our university is bursting with artistic students, from those who are active members of music, drama and art societies to those who take a more personal and introverted approach to their art.  On Tuesday 27th March I was lucky enough to attend this year’s Paddon Award ceremony; a small, intimate event which recognises artistic talent among the students here at the University of Exeter. Inspired … Continue reading The Paddon Award 2018

Impress Prize for New Writers 2017 Winner

The winner of the Impress Prize for New Writers of 2017 has been announced and we at Razz want to congratulate Roberta H. George for her winning novel The Day’s Heat! “Set in the early sixties against the backdrop of impending national integration, the novel follows Lea James, a dark-skinned, Catholic, Lebanese girl who comes to a small south Georgia town and confronts the prejudices … Continue reading Impress Prize for New Writers 2017 Winner