Prole reader and writer group

Prole reader and writer group

Reader and writer blog.

This blog is for readers to share their reflections about the poetry, stories and essays published in Prole. Our writers are encouraged to pop in from time to time and contribute to discussion threads.

Brief biographies of our writers can also be found here.

This is an open blog - good manners should prevail at all times!

Navigation: All bios for a particular issue are listed below the image for that issue. Click on the word 'comments' to leave your response.
There is no need to to login with email and password: that's for administration only.
Where it asks for 'author' - that's your name - not the name of the author you're responding to.

The Mackerel Feather, by Sophie Flavell

FictionPosted by editor Sat, December 08, 2012 22:25:38
Reaction to and reflection on The Mackerel Feather, by Sophie Flavell.

Sophie spent her childhood in South Africa and now lives in the Worcestershire countryside. Her experience of women's servitude during the apartheid and her fascination with coastlines and their fishing heritage is often reflected in her prose and verse. She has written a novel and is currently working on a collection of poetry.

  • Comments(5)

Fill in only if you are not real





The following XHTML tags are allowed: <b>, <br/>, <em>, <i>, <strong>, <u>. CSS styles and Javascript are not permitted.
Posted by Ted Jean Sat, March 23, 2013 00:17:54

At the heart of Sophie's hypnotic story is a symbol of married love, as slippery as it is beautiful and shiny. But hers is a morality tale on several layers, intertwined, as she tackles the perils of ambition, narcissism, infidelity, greed. The feather is central, a multicolored talisman ... to me it said that finding and sustaining love is a charmed task. The setting is bright and blue, and foreign, which further charges the story with near-reality. Bravo, Sophie!

Posted by Sophie Whitley Flavell Sun, February 24, 2013 15:12:31

Many thanks for your comments.

Posted by Claire Booker Thu, February 07, 2013 18:03:03

Really enjoyed this story, Sophie. A great metaphor of greed. Some chilling lines!

Posted by Sue Pace Sat, January 05, 2013 23:53:54

The best kind of "magical realism" that sent shivers, especially when the man who loved her noticed the colors on her back.

Posted by Sue Pace Sat, January 05, 2013 23:53:40

The best kind of "magical realism" that sent shivers, especially when the man who loved her noticed the colors on her back.