A selection of short stories set in mysterious Badgers Crossing, its neighbouring town Broccton-Under-Edge and the wider region of Daxonshire – and sometimes even further afield.

Bert & The Balloon/Stuck

Not too long ago I started attending a weekly writing group at a coffee shop in Manchester city centre. Each week we spend the first half talking about what we’re working on, sharing things we have written at home, giving each other advice and constructive criticism. The second half is a writing exercise in which …

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“I don’t go to Barrow Wood. Don’t go anywhere near it.” Jeff took another swig from his pint. I watched as the beer sloshed against his mouth and some of it trickled out from the sides of his mouth and down his chin. Jeff wiped it with the back of his hand and then plunged …

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++Goodbye To Love++

++Starting. Please wait++ I must have fallen asleep at my desk during the office party because the explosion wakes me up with a start. ++Error. Unexpected software found++ ++Loading AESTHESIA++ I don’t know what caused it. Maybe the lightning strike but it could just as easily be the glass of Prosecco that got tipped into my …

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The Carpet Men

Hey there Badger Fans! I’ve got something a little special for you. An old friend of mine from university, Allison Saia, launched her brand new online magazine today – here she is looking at some boats with her husband Dan. Allison has written quite prolifically for Huffington Post and now runs coaching sessions for aspiring writers. …

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Cloakroom Duty

Nobody wanted to do cloakroom duty, but everyone had to at some point. After collecting the first period’s work from Mrs Bashki and receiving their instructions from the school receptionist (collect toilet passes from pupils during lesson time, clean up any mess, don’t allow any loitering), Helen Threlfall and Paul Church entered to the cloakroom. Paul …

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