Review of For You, Rowena (Kindra M. Austin) – Kristiana Reed

Austin made a gorgeous debut with Magpie in August so when asked to read and review For You, Rowena I was filled with excitement and trepidation. I imagine Austin is too, as her second novel releases, a dark departure from her first. There is little I can say which won’t spoil the narrative of thisContinue reading Review of For You, Rowena (Kindra M. Austin) – Kristiana Reed

Blood Into Ink #MeToo Writing Contest First Place: Kristiana Reed/Window and Walls

The rubble lies before her, prostrate and submissive, chalky remains of her defences, soft rock and twenty-year old bricks. This was her fortress, her safe place and prison, over the years the lines had blurred, no longer sure if these walls were built to ward people off or keep people in.   Now, she stoodContinue reading Blood Into Ink #MeToo Writing Contest First Place: Kristiana Reed/Window and Walls

Blood Into Ink #MeToo Writing Contest First Place: Kristiana Reed/To Blaze

These women didn’t rescue voices to watch you bow out of this life and the next, the weight of shame and scandal sinking you to their knees all bloodied and bruised.   These women didn’t raise hands, two in subjugation then balled fists in protest, to read apologies written in the faintest ink, ghastly litContinue reading Blood Into Ink #MeToo Writing Contest First Place: Kristiana Reed/To Blaze

Blood Into Ink #MeToo Writing Contest First Place: Kristiana Reed/Learning to Braid

Years of painstaking practice had taught her fingers to interweave three strands of hair, into one cohesive thread. Just like how she’d penciled birthdays into her mind. Just like how she’d learnt the knowing smile she needed to give your mother, an unspoken indictment of your forgetfulness when it came to saving a date. JustContinue reading Blood Into Ink #MeToo Writing Contest First Place: Kristiana Reed/Learning to Braid