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The Hitchhiker’s Rest by Adele Winston (Lucent Dreaming Issue 4)

Callum forced the bulging suitcase into the boot of the car and said, “Did you have to pack so much stuff?” Chloe shrugged and got in the back seat. “Is he still going on?” Bethan whispered. “Yeah.” Chloe pulled off her red woolly hat and threw out her dark curls. “I could remind him about all the crap he’s packed.

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Baintsí by Madeleine Milligan (Lucent Dreaming Issue 4)

Tadhg dropped to his knees, holding fast to the bundle in his arms. The tide slowly approached in glowing shades of burnt orange under the evening sun. He sat cross-legged on the sand, ignoring the moisture seeping through the seat of his trousers, and looked down at his daughter. Her eyelids, red and swollen yet void of tears, were closed

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Armchair Explorer by A C Clarke (Lucent Dreaming Issue 4)

The maps were the gift of the place Roger Harvey Inside the stiff bound books, their spines still unbroken, the once bright paper has mellowed to ochre; the inks which shaded boundaries between black coast, blue sea, have sunk their difference in a sepia concordat. Europe resembles a child’s drawing. Eastward Asia is named. Southward North Africa fringes a silence.

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Thoughts on… Compassion [by Jannat Ahmed]

There is a lack of compassion in this world. I’ve spent my life wondering why there are places and spaces I feel safe and others where I feel ill at ease: anxious, dismissed and lost. It was only last year I realised that what I was lacking most in my life, and perhaps what we were all lacking, was compassion.

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Thoughts on… the Language of Feedback [by Matt Kendrick]

A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog post on the importance of feedback. It was a whistle stop tour of how to go about getting, giving and using feedback without being able to delve in too deep on any particular aspect. Since the first edition of the Lucent Dreaming podcast (Somniloquy) focused on the language of feedback, I’ve written

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Evan Sheldon in the Spotlight

Evan Sheldon, whose piece ‘My insides are burning’ is published in the third issue of Lucent Dreaming, is a junior editor and outreach assistant for F(r)iction. He lives in Denver, Colorado with his wife and small horde of dachshunds. His work has appeared in CHEAP POP, Ghost City Review, Pithead Chapel, and Roanoke Review, among others.       What

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American Summer by Harriet Compson (Lucent Dreaming Issue 3)

The morning was warm and startling, a heavy summer setting. The garden had been neatly transformed into a scene of delicacy and elegance, with a large wooden table running through the middle of it. About thirty gentlemen and ladies sat around in suits and colourful summer dresses, politely scoffing and laughing in all the right places. Francis was still getting

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One very important thing you should remember in 2019

Don’t be self-destructive. Since the rise of personal digital technologies and the consequential shift in the way we engage with the world, we’re beginning to reimagine our expression of power and control. One by-product of the mandatory nature of curating a self on social media is that our primary focus for our sense of control is ourselves. We must create

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Thoughts on… the End of 2018

2018 is nearly at an end and it’s the perfect time to reflect. If you’ve subscribed to Lucent Dreaming, you’ll know our Dream Journal in Issue 3 is about setting goals and meeting deadlines. This blog post is a continuation. What comes after meeting a goal or missing a deadline? Reflection. I could tell you what it means to reflect,

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