I really enjoyed this piece from Sally in the UK … I thought you would too

Sally Jenkins

It wasn’t only poetry that I toyed with in Castleton in the Peak District.

Castleton, Derbyshire

I also jotted down some ideas for short stories and I’m going to share them with you because I know that we’d all produce completely different tales (& submit them to different places) from the same initial prompt.

We stayed in Little Lilac Cottage – a tiny 350-year-old dwelling with a king-sized brass bed, a Victorian rolled top bath and open beams on the ceiling. Reading through the guest book I tried to imagine all the other visitors to this romantic cottage, why they came and whether the holiday lived up to expectations:

  • Honeymooners – young or old? first or subsequent marriage?
  • A couple having an affair – unused to spending so much time together, will they still get on or will guilt take over?
  • A holiday to save a marriage – away from it all, can they…

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