“My second life”: Matisse

“My Second Life”   “Only what I created after my illness constitutes my real self: free, liberated.” At the end of the Second War – in his 70’s, weak from major surgery, ill and dying with cancer, confined to a wheel chair, separated from his wife, his daughter...

The moment my life changed forever – Ian.

I lost my brother to suicide nearly 11 years ago. He was 34 and I worked with him in a fireplace business. When a job opportunity came along for me to work in America for 5 months, he told me to go and pursue my dreams. On coming home I found his business had gone...

“The men in my family” by Max Mackay-James

This is a story that lives in a photograph. It is an old picture in a dusty frame, and I think of it sitting on chests of drawers for many years with nobody bothering to look at it much. But now I do. The picture is of my father when he was fourteen. We all called him...