Featured fiction: ‘Sugar Water’ by Maggie Harris

December 5th, 2012 § 0 comments

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‘Sugar Water’ features Eliot, who also appears in ‘This Mother Country Business’, another of the stories from Canterbury Tales on a Cockcrow Morning by Maggie Harris.

Download an extract of the story by clicking here: Sugar Water Maggie Harris.

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Maggie Harris is an award-winning poet, a writer of fiction and memoir, an artist and a teacher. Her first poetry collection Limbolands (1999) won the Guyana Prize for Literature 2000. Find out more about Maggie Harris by going to www.maggieharris.co.uk

Six hundred years on, here are Canterbury’s new pilgrims, as diverse and garrulous as Chaucer’s were, and speaking in a variety of Englishness which, like Chaucer’s, are hybrid and poetic. ­Maggie Harris creates stories about the nitty-gritty of ‘ordinary’ folk’s lives, which, although often dealing with tragedy, pettiness, and awareness of loss, are also infused with warmth, humour and optimism. Each brief story or sketch gives voice to a character … whose tales quickly draw you in, and sometimes, unwittingingly, suggest a world of experience.

Lyn Innes, Emeritus Professor of Postcolonial
Literatures, University of Kent

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