|Freeman Street Market - circa 1955|
“… like me dad used to say, when the absent friends outscore those who’ve turned up, it’s time to call it a day.”
Freeman Street is a new short story (at least I think it's a short story) commissioned for this year's Great Grimsby Literature Festival.
Although its foundation is partly in research carried out for the social history book The Women They Left Behind in 2008/9, Freeman Street tells the entirely fictional story of Julie, once the wife of a fisherman, who finds herself on a pilgrimage to Grimsby after thirty years away. As the trip unfolds and once familiar streets roll by, Julie is increasingly haunted by an episode from her past.
I’ll be reading Freeman Street for the first time at Grimsby Minster on Friday 25 October as part of Local Life, a lunchtime (12.00-1.00pm) reading session for adults, alongside other new pieces of work commissioned for the festival.