Sue Dawes has been involved in ‘Off the Rails’, an adoption project at Wivenhoe Station, for the last six years, most recently as editor of the creative writing leaflet, ‘Words-down-the-Line. More information can be found here on the OTR blog and here.
Mind the Gap by Sue Dawes was published in ‘New writing’ in Mslexia. The judge said: ‘Mind the Gap’ managed to say so much about the taboos surrounding the empty nest syndrome in little more than 1000 words. From the first sentence (I will pull the construction apart, twig by twig so they cannot return) I felt I was in the arms of a brave and confident artist. Each platitude and assumption about the bereft mother (‘you’ll be lonely, what will you do’ ‘But what if they want to come home’) is matched by the exhilaration of a mother liberated from the selflessness of raising three boys.