‘My Life as a Film’ by William Thirsk-Gaskill

  It is shot in black and white, with subtitles and set aboard a German U-boat in World War Two, called U-214, nicknamed “The Berlin Bear”. The Captain downs shots of schnapps in every scene except when the boat is pursuing or being pursued. His exterior of brutality is a pretence and he secretly hates the First Mate, who is a card-carrying Nazi. He has … Continue reading ‘My Life as a Film’ by William Thirsk-Gaskill

‘The World is Moving Closer to its Sun’ by Michael Stewart

The World is Moving Closer to its Sun There are these white birds that follow elephants around and they eat, from their dung, the seeds the elephants haven’t digested. The feathers of these birds are covered in oil, a sheen that ensures they go untouched by any of the elephant’s filth. One morning I was out walking By the shores of Lake Kariba when I … Continue reading ‘The World is Moving Closer to its Sun’ by Michael Stewart