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Entertaining Strangers

THREE WORDS COMPETITION

Charlotte Lindsay is a solicitor who works for an animal welfare charity in London and likes to write on her daily commute. She completed the Open University Creative Writing Course with distinction. Charlotte was ‘as surprised as she was delighted’ to receive the news of her win, which will be one of her first two appearances in print (see p31).

When you arrived, I wondered how far you’d had to come to be here in this small kitchen in this small house in this frankly downat- heel part of London.

I kept hoping the area would be gentrified so I could sell the house and move to the coast, but then Thursday would come around and I would walk through the market with my string bag and marvel at it all, at the pomegranates and dates and damsons, at the bowls and baskets and crates spilling over with gold and green and orange, the tall stems of purple and white in zinc buckets of water and the pots of lavender alive with honey bees. Better even than that, the stallholders knew me and would call out to me by name.

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