Paula Read started out as a journalist and subsequently trained as a languages teacher. She lives in London now, but has also lived and worked in France, Canada (where she worked as a French/English interpreter) and the USA. The Hazelnut Grove is about the joys and woes of moving to another European country at a time when Europe signified something to be part of, not a place to escape from.
She has had several short stories published and is currently working on a second non-fiction book about the fate of forced labourers from occupied France in World War II.
May 20, 2022 How we treat femaie bodies (This short story was first published in Trading Places, 2019 anthology from @MomayaPress) PART 1 She couldn’t understand why she was having trouble turning her head. Her hair seemed to be caught on something hard. Her neck was pressing into her shoulders. Her eyes, just now openingContinue reading “Consider Our Ways”
March 23, 2021 First anniversary of the lockdown The creation, ‘Marilyn Monroe,’ ponders her life as she is starting to gain recognition in her early days as an actress in 1950s Hollywood. So many rooms in so many buildings in so many locations. She cannot recall them all. She only knows that men are inContinue reading “Thinking about men and women“
March 10, 2021 Animals are not simply a food source for us humans Factory farming exists because we believe animals exist only for our use. There is some recognition that farm and other animals are ‘sentient beings’ but this is not enough. Animals are our fellow creatures. We must recognise a sense of equality. Continue reading “The Tragedy of Factory Farming”