Luke Allan
Ursula Cheng

Carolyn Angelo
Tobias Cook

Tom Benn
Kirsten Cowie

Emily Bone
Andrew Denholm

Sarah Christie
Elizabeth Stewart

Jack Clark
Eileen Glass

Edward Keeble
Imogen Scott

Kerrick Newstead
Anette Fritsen

Laura C-Harries
Lindsay Grime

Daisy Dawes
Alison GlanvilleJones

Sam Elliot
Laura Darling

Martin Gaston
Gillian Kirkland

Mary-Caitlin Hentz
Sarah Tanat-Jones

Kirsty Kelly
Jaimie Lane

Miranda Jackson
Trine Mangernes

Ailish McA Green
Lindsay McBirnie

Gina Mortlock
Lucy McCririck

Richard O'Brien
Elizabeth Walker

Vidur Nauriyal
Sophie Newell

Sophie Playle
Marc Noble

Kirsty Smellie
Fiona Purves

Frankie Taylor
Genevieve Ryan

 
 

It never takes long to stuff one. With the right solution of preservative the birds can be finished within hours- the hares take a little longer.
But I’ve become careless in my old age. Leaving the back door of the shop open. Customers start and raise their noses high into the air, the smell familiar but one they cannot place. Their hands forgetting the array of sweets they were so earnestly stroking seconds ago.
My shop has always been popular. It’s the “scary one on the corner”, that draws in the children and their change despite themselves, with moist excited tongues.
I remember myself at that age- the sweaty palms, the joy of buying the little shrimps, the fried eggs. And yet I always wanted more- something different. Dreaming of jelly babies a foot high. Chocolate rabbits that looked like rabbits- so real, so fine you could imagine them breathing, their whiskers twitching.
The deck chair striped material which reminds me of my youth encases the tools of my trade. From the apple corer to the bread knife they sleep happily as I wish I could. Resting in the back room of Mr. Oliver’s Confectionary. Where the air is a musky haze of sugar and fur.

TEXT by Laura Cushing-Harries + IMAGES by Lindsay Grime