Ten Days That Shook the Walk

A short story by Meaghan Delahunt

After draining the bottle of tequila, John Reed says:  I am very fond of Mexico. I like Mexicans too. And I like sotol, aguardiente, mezcal, tequila, pulque, and other Mexican customs. He then bows low to the ground, in front of us, expecting applause. He looks gaunt and unshaven, a little wild-eyed – nothing like his author photo – which surprises me, but I’m not surprised to see him.

Who is that? asks an older man stacking leaflets at the stall.
It’s John Reed, I say.
Oh, he says, unfazed. American?
American, I confirm. A writer. From way back, I say. I don’t tell him how far back. I keep that to myself.

John Reed bows once more. Please, he says. Call me Jack. He holds up the empty bottle, turning it to the light, disappointed.
The older man keeps stacking leaflets. He’s walked the length of Edinburgh for two years, urging people to vote. And he’s seen a big change. He’s hopeful, he tells us. People think it can happen. This makes me hopeful, too. People are fed up with Westminster, he says … and of course, not forgetting Iraq …Afghanistan…the War on Terror…

At the mention of war, John Reed puts the bottle down, and throws his arms wide: War means an ugly mob-madness, crucifying the truth tellers, choking the artists, side-tracking reforms, revolutions, and the working of social forces…
A woman pushing a buggy with a small child stops to listen. Bravo, she says. Who wrote that?
John Reed looks sheepish. I did.

He’s a writer, I say. You name it, he’s been there – strikes in America, revolution in Mexico… not to mention Russia…
Ah, Russia. John Reed goes misty-eyed. Adventure it was, and one of the most marvellous mankind ever embarked upon, sweeping into history…staking everything on their vast and simple desires…

Is he pished? The woman leans in and whispers. He seems to speak in quotes.
He may well be, I say. And you’re right about the quotes.
The woman smiles indulgently at John Reed. Have you tried whisky? I got this at the airport, she says, rummaging in her bag. But I don’t drink whisky. She holds the miniature out to him.

I like whisky, he says, Very much. He thanks her and puts it in his suit pocket.
She eyes his empty bottle of tequila. And we have Mexican here, if that’s what you’d like. A Tacqueria, in fact. She gestures up Leith Walk. They’ll have tequila, for sure…

Thank you, John Reed scratches his head, gestures around the stall at the street, at the people. But, hey, someone, anyone – where the hell am I? He’s just spent three months at his typewriter, his head full of revolution, surrounded by papers and pamphlets and a Russian-English dictionary. He’d closed in on the final chapter of his book when he decided to have a break. He’d wandered out for coffee and ended up with tequila. That’s the last thing he remembers.

Where am I? he repeats.
Scotland, I say.
You sure?
I’m sure.
Not Petrograd?
No. I feel bad for him. Not Petrograd.

What the? At this, he takes the whisky miniature out of his pocket, unscrews the cap and gulps it back. He looks at the stall. Picks up a GreenYes sticker, puts a balloon in his pocket. Asks for a badge.

We’ve had a run on the badges, says a man called Jens. He’s over from Amsterdam and has come to help. But you can have one of these. He hands John Reed a postcard and some NHYES posters.

John Reed looks rough. Like he’s slept face down for weeks and hasn’t changed his clothes, which is pretty close to the truth. His hair is thick and curly and uncombed. There are dark circles under his eyes. Just then, someone walks past wearing a Pancho Villa t-shirt. John Reed stops and stares.

But…hang on a minute… Pancho Villa?…he points after the man in the t-shirt. We rode four months together…everywhere he was known as the Friend of the Poor, the Mexican Robin Hood…taught himself to read and write…he never seemed to sleep…
The Mexican Revolution? I try to be helpful.
I tell you…an impressive sonofabitch…

He was, I say, although I’d never read Insurgent Mexico and knew little about Pancho Villa. It occurs to me that John Reed sounds just like Hemingway. Not that I’ve ever met Hemingway, but who knows, the way things are going. Some strange people have come to visit and these are unsettled times.

A number 14 bus pulls up just as the rain starts. Nearly everyone who gets off the bus smiles when they see the stall and stops to talk or to give a thumbs up. From the bus, a few old men grump silently at the windows. One shakes a fist and screws up his face as if he might explode.

What is this, exactly? John Reed asks, looking around the stall.

A great people’s movement, I tell him. For self-determination. That’s why you’re here. At least, I think that’s why you’re here…

Listen, he says, interrupting me, putting his hands on my shoulders. I don’t know why the hell I’m here. I don’t know anything just now. Where I am. What’s going on. I’ve got all the placards and papers up there in a little room and a Russian dictionary and I’m working all day and all night … I’ve gotta go get some coffee…
I can get you coffee.

Good. He gives me a haggard look: I haven’t slept for thirty-six hours. I’m writing the Russian Revolution in a book, goddamit! I’ll finish the whole thing in two weeks. He pauses, takes his hands from my shoulders. Don’t tell anyone where I am.

I won’t. I say. Promise.

I just came out for a break, he says.

The fact is, like I said, I was not all surprised to see John Reed. It was September and the weather had been unnaturally good. It was the time of the Referendum and in those days, anything seemed possible. All sorts of people had slipped through the net or the time-space continuum, or whatever you wanted to call it. There’d been Gogs Brown, a former Prime Minister, sent up to rally the undecided and to scare folk.

A train load of Labour politicians’d love-bombed Glasgow. That old peacenik Henry Kissenger had risen again, urging a NO. Then there’d been Rupert Murdoch and the People’s Republic of China, even a late sighting of Margaret Thatcher and Ronnie Reagan at the Better Together stall. After all this, it was about time a 20th century revolutionary showed up. We needed all the help we could get.

Why wouldn’t John Reed ride the slipstream and come to see for himself?

Look, John… I say.

Please, he holds up a hand. It’s Jack.

OK. Listen, Jack. We’ll sort the coffee. Then suddenly I get a little light-headed, realise who I’m talking to. I’m talking to John Reed! Anything is possible! For some reason the film of his book comes to mind and I feel the need to tell him: OK. But listen, Jack. First up, I must apologise for Warren Beatty….
Warren who?

He was in Reds.
Reds?

It was a film. I pause for a moment. Technically, it was the film of your book…
Uh-huh? He narrows his eyes. Which book?
The one about Russia…
Uh-huh. He tries to absorb this information. But I haveta tell you…it’s not done yet…
Well, it was made into a film. Y’know how great books often make lousy films…

Can’t say that I do. He tugs a hand through his hair, trying to recall the last film he saw, it was certainly some time after the Tzar: …The city was nervous, starting at every sharp sound…we went to a moving picture show near Kazan cathedral – an Italian film of passion and intrigue…down front were some soldiers and sailors, staring at the screen in childlike wonder…

Lucky John Reed, I thought. He died before talkies were invented. He’d never see the film of his life starring Warren Beatty and Diane Keaton and their time in Russia. It wasn’t a bad film, but it wasn’t great either. As if reading my thoughts, he starts up: We arrived in the middle of the Revolution … I had to see it for myself…he says, looking round at the damp streets, the rain now teeming and drenching the stall, the GreenYes t-shirts wet through. I saw the Winter Palace fall… and behind us, great Smolny, bright with lights hummed like a gigantic hive…

I knew he was quoting from the book he had yet to finish – the one which had been made into a film. And I marvelled that he’d actually landed in Russia before the Revolution. If I’d conjured him up as a charm, if that’s what this was all about, I hoped it would work.
What a time, I say.

Russia, he goes on, a dreamy cast to his face. Petrograd, on the eve of the revolution…he looks around. Winter was coming on – the terrible Russian winter. I heard businessmen speak of it so: “Winter was always Russia’s best friend. Perhaps it will rid us of Revolution…”

I clear my throat. But this isn’t Russia…
No?
It’s Scotland, I repeat, opening a GreenYes umbrella.
But the weather… he insists. Rain is lashing his face and his frayed wool suit is starting to sag.
And in the rain, the bitter chill, the great throbbing city under grey skies rushing faster and faster toward – what?

Let’s get you inside, I say as I urge him under the umbrella. Grab a coffee ? How about Area C? Check the news on my iPad?
John Reed gives me a blank look. Hell, I didn’t get a word of that, he says. Not one word.
A guy with no teeth comes up to the stall, full of the joys of life. He has two bottles of Irn Bru under his arm. He’d got them from the NO stall, he said. Labour are giving them away. He claps John Reed on his wet shoulder: Gaun yersel wee man! He urges him to vote Yes

I don’t think I’m eligible, John Reed says.
No. Unfortunately not, I say.
But you could help out, says Jens, the guy from Amsterdam.
Well…I am a reporter.
Then maybe not, says Jens.
John Reed says, a little cross: I covered the Russian Revolution…
Ah, says Jens. The Berlin Wall, Gorby, the Hoff …then, his voice lowers…Are you BBC?
Am I what?

Jens mistakes the tone for sarcasm. No? Good. Then you can help.
Gaun yersel wee man, the guy with the Irn Bru offers a bottle to John Reed who takes a slug. A grateful smile spreads across his face. Holy Smoke, this stuff is good! he says.

Good for hangovers, says the man with no teeth.
Get me a crate, says John Reed.

A young girl twirls a green Yes umbrella at the passing buses. A truck with a Saltire flag goes past, horn tooting. A group of schoolkids from Leith Academy crowd the stall, wanting stickers. Everyone is rain-slicked and happy.

A French journo turns up at the stall, followed by a Japanese camera crew needing directions. At this point, John Reed takes a pencil and a small damp notepad out of his suit pocket. He puts down his bottle of Irn Bru.

So, he asks the French journalist. What’s your name? What brings you here?
My name is Pierre, from L’Humanite, says the journo. I came to see for myself. In France, we are not sure, what is going on. For the Left it’s nationalism for the Right it’s anarchy. He steps back a little, wary. Are you BBC?

No.

Good. I’ve just come from Gaza, Pierre says. Don’t talk to me of objective. Don’t talk to me of BBC…

Just then two guys from ‘Business for Yes’ come down the Walk handing out leaflets. John Reed takes one, quickly scans it, sipping his Irn Bru as the rain eases off and damp people flow around the stall. He asks a woman with a Bairns not Bombs badge to tell him what she thinks. And she tells him, in a Morningside accent: It’s like this. Five hundred people own most of our land. We have nuclear weapons in the Clyde. Westminster makes all the decisions. But we want to control our own lives… basically, she says, drawing herself up. It’s about dignity and social justice…
He nods. So. Something like…lemme get this straight… Land, Peace, Freedom?

Something like that, she says.

I see, says John Reed. … in the relations of a weak government and a rebellious people there comes a time when every act of the authorities exasperates the masses and every refusal excites their contempt…

More or less. says the Morningside woman, a little taken aback. You could put it like that.

He looks over at me then and his eyes glitter strangely and in his eyes I see campesinos massed outside a hacienda; an uprising against the Tzar; garment workers downing tools; I see men crawling from trenches; Empires rising and falling; a mushroom cloud searing the sky and I realize that John Reed has been here before. Many times. He’s borne witness to struggle and change and gets what’s going on. He turns to the stall, takes a fistful of leaflets and starts handing them out. He says: …All Russia was learning to read, and reading –politics, economics, history – because the people wanted to know…

*

John Reed stayed for three days. He stayed with me, in my one bedroom flat. He slept on the sofa bed and didn’t seem to mind. He’d slept in worse places, he said: Russian trains and prisons; flatbed trucks; railway sidings in Texas; under a thorny blanket in the Sierra Madre. This was luxury, he assured me. We decided in advance there’d be no funny business; he was married after all. We got along as compadres. He wanted to know everything about everything. He had a habit of looking away when he was talking to you, not looking in any particular direction, but everywhere, afraid he might miss something. Out on the streets, he understood what he was seeing: For months, in Russia and all over Petrograd, and all over Russia, every street corner was a public tribune. In railway trains, street cars, always the spurting up of impromptu debate, everywhere…

I was living by myself then, feeling lonely, and I admit I enjoyed his company- even his habit of quoting himself. On the night before the Referendum we walked back from a concert up on the Mound. I love beauty and chance and change he told me. John Reed had a great capacity for joy – everyone he met felt this and felt good. As we walked back, he enthused about literature and solidarity – those poets from Quebec – those two guys who read tonight – he kept saying – they were incredible!

On Princes St we stopped outside the Registry Building. John Reed stood transfixed by the rolling images on the walls: ‘Scotland’s Future in Scotland’s hands.’ The haar came down and everything blurred at the edges. He said: In Petrograd, night came swiftly down, the wide-spaced streetlights flickered on, the tides of people flowed endlessly…it is always like that in Petrograd before trouble…

At the London Rd roundabout, the stalls had packed up for the night. The posters in tenement windows silently watched us walk down towards Leith. John Reed grew quiet. At the Foot of the Walk we gazed up at the statue of Queen Victoria staring over her dominions; a Saltire flag hung damp at her back. A red flag fluttered from the statue of Catherine the Great… John Reed quoted himself once more, looking up at the statue and we were both melancholy.

That night, he slept again on the sofa and in the morning, he was gone. The blanket was neatly folded, as if he had never been. There was an empty tequila bottle on the side table. On top of the blanket, he’d left a note:

In the struggle my sympathies were not neutral. But in telling the story of those great days I have tried to see events with the eye of a conscientious reporter, interested in setting down the truth.

I called out his name a few times, but in my heart, I knew John Reed was gone. I opened the curtains. The haar had lifted. There was no sunshine but there was no rain, either. I looked for signs and portents. After the carnival of the previous weeks, the streets seemed unnaturally quiet. I stood at the window with his note in my hand and felt good because I, too, loved beauty and chance and change and knew that I wasn’t alone.

I watched people make their way to the polling station, their faces intent, their faces unreadable, although I did try to read them. It felt like the beginning of something. Everyone wanting to know the future, what it would mean, as they took up the pencil, the sheet of paper, put it in the box. Everyone wanting to know what it would be like, how it would feel afterwards, here, in this place, so familiar, but changed. How it would feel then, walking into the future; the September light hard at our backs.

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  1. Fay Kennedy. says:

    Thanks for the story. A perfect start to the day here in the Antipodes where the old ways are so embedded that it could easily bring you to your knees. But then to be reminded of Scotland at this time and its past contributions to this world helps to keep the flame burning that the times will change and when the people come together in a united commitment then it is inevitible. Of course the writers and thinkers whose words continue to inspire across the ages play their part. And one day not too far away Scotland’s people will lay claim to their real inheritance which has been for too long denied them. The John Reeds and there have in the past been some of his ilk in Australia have been the heroes and heroines that have kept the spark of possibility of a better world in my own life. Saor Alba and all peoples in this world who are working to make a better world.

  2. Robert Kell says:

    What a brilliant article.

  3. Angie Tibbs says:

    This is a fascinating, well written, can’t-stop-reading-to-the-end kind of short story. It was wonderfully unexpected. Thank you for publishing same. It made my day!!!

  4. will miller says:

    Thank You

  5. Bill Telfer says:

    I’m in tears. Tears of joy. Beautiful writing. It’s many years since I read Ten Days That Shook the World, in 1968 I think. Thank you for this.

  6. Frank Lynch says:

    Shame we don’t get this level of writing in the dead tree press. A pure delight. Keep up the good work.

    1. Thanks Frank. Meaghan is a star. We were a bit tentative about publishing short stories on here but we want to do more and the great response is really encouraging.

      1. Frank Lynch says:

        Well worth the fiver I’m about to contribute.

  7. meaghan says:

    Thank you all so much for taking the time to comment. I’m touched. In the days before the Referendum John Reed’s title was much in my mind as I’d go up Leith Walk, past the GreenYes stall. Then I went back to ‘Ten Days that Shook the World’ and some of his other work – especially on Mexico and the Balkans. His accounts are still vivid. I wondered what it would be like to have someone genuinely compassionate and clear-eyed from the 20th century come to visit during that time. What he would make of it all? We’d had enough war mongers, charlatans, liars, journalists and self serving politicians come to pontificate – throwbacks from the 20th century. We needed someone progressive. When Henry Kissenger time-travelled to urge a ‘No’, I knew I had to write something.

  8. Redgauntlet says:

    Eh, sorry, Meaghan, you overlook the fact that Russian communism killed 60-80 million human beings….the Russian Revolution was the biggest human made cataclysm the world has ever seen, followed closely by Hitler and Mao in China…

    ..you talk of poets and writers? Well those poets and writers who lived under Soviet Communism – the ones who weren’t tortured and murdered that is – are absolutely clear about how evil and stupid and thoroughly corrupt the Revolution was. It was a killing machine like no other that ever existed. Because to kill for the Revolution, and “a better world” is a handy excuse and calms the qualms of conscience.

    The Scots are naive, romantic dreamers for the most part and for a good reason too. They have been living outside of history for 300 years.

    Scotland is the place where NOTHING HAPPENS, because nothing can happen there….keep on dreaming, because I agree it makes you feel good…but that doesn’t make it true…

  9. Redgauntlet says:

    Plus, Meaghan, a literary point…the present tense is the language of film….people who write in the present tense should go write a screenplay…film always takes place in the present tense, even a flashback in a film takes place in the present tense…

    …but not – sorry for the word – literature, which inhabits the conditional and, sorry, even the subjunctive….at least that is my view…and I stand by it…..

    1. You published much yourself ‘Redgauntlet’? Always good to have an expert or two on here.

      1. Redgauntlet says:

        Bella, anybody can publish anything these days, as your website so ably demonstrates….all you need to do is write something, and self publish, maybe even through Amazon…so, not much of a criteria to go by…and as Juan Benet once said, a sign of the decline of literature is that, before, a man could be considered literary without writing anything other than letters to friends about books or about life…not any more….of course, such a person would be pure in a way most writers aren’t these days, because most writers spend their lives playing at being writers….

        It’s my prejudice that literature should not, in general, take place in the present tense, because the present tense is the tense we all live in all of the time and so is not as informative as other tenses and much less challenging and more sterile…

        It’s a literary point, it’s a writer’s point, and hence it is about taste- It’s my opinion and nothing other than an opinion. But, as I say, I stand by it…

        The cosy Scottish literary scene is moribund, or at least it smells moribund. There are no polemics and no debates. Everybody seems to agree about everything. It is BORING….

      2. Redgauntlet says:

        As for being an expert on literature, Bella, I wouldn’t go that far, nobody can be that, it’s too big a world…but .yes, – sorry not to be egalitarian – I have read Joyce, Proust, Mussil, Dante (in Italian), Cervantes (in Spanish), Pessoa (in Portuguese), Rilke, Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy and Chekov,, Nietzsche, MacDiarmid, Burns, Dickens, Shakespeare, Lorca, Pound, Eliot, Vonengut, Heller, Faulkner, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Ford, Pynchon, Marias, Mendoza, Borges, Bolaño, Fresán, Claudio Magris, Enrique Vila-Matas, Macedonia Fernandez, Janice Gallowy, Flaubert and Baudelaire, Gray, Kelman and Welsh…and Ray Bradbury and Philip Dick.

        What is it you have read, Bella given you are now publishing fiction?

    2. meaghan says:

      Hello Redgauntlet. Thank for taking the time to respond. However the present tense is also the language of dreams, the unconscious and in literature we can also use it to talk about the past – ‘the historical present.’

      1. Redgauntlet says:

        Dear Meaghan, sorry, this has all come out the wrong way….I sound like I’m at odds with you, I’m not at all, on the contrary…I was just trying to make a point about style, because for me there can be no style in the present tense. I know it’s immediate, I know it is very effective in grabbing the reader’s attention, i know it works, but it just turns me off…it’s too easy…it’s like one of those pre-packed sandwiches you buy before getting on the train….just like screenplays are too easy….it’s superficial, by which I mean it is on the surface….

        And of course, it is more accessible to the lay-reader….but art isn’t democratic, nor is football, nor is chess, and truly, if I ever wrote anything that people liked….well, then, I would begin to doubt myself. Or that is how I usually feel about it.

    3. Frank Lynch says:

      I suspect Meaghan Delahunt will be a name to keep an eye out for; long after Redguantlet’s sneering, deliberate misreading of the story has disappeared from comments’ boards. More from Meaghan Delahunt, please.

      1. Redgauntlet says:

        So Frank, we all have to think like you or else we are sneering?

        Man, I’m not sneering, I’m laughing, or at least chuckling at you dullards who shy away from a debate….the insufferable mentality of the Kirk…the same Kirk which burned all the art in Scotland in a fit of self-righteousness – which you seem to be suffering from, Frank.

        Sorry, mate, nothing more important to me than literature, and the only thing I am incapable of lying about…nothing against Meaghan personally, naturally, but you guys seem to confuse opinion with respect…am I supposed to like everything you like?

        No, right? So?

        1. Frank Lynch says:

          I couldn’t care less whether you like what I like or any combination thereof. Nor am I impressed by the amount of books you’ve read: I’ve read a fair amount of big boy books in my time; including some on your list. However, if you are such a literary genius tell us what you think the story’s about. You seem to have only focused on the failure of communist regimes around the world. John Reed lived and commented from the front, and would gradually become disenchanted with those putting it into effect; not the notion of what he thought socialism should achieve. But then you know that’s not what the story was about; you displayed your dislike by using an argument not pertinent to the story itself.

          1. Redgauntlet says:

            Eh? You’re not impressed by all that reading? Shit, have you read Dickens, have you waded through the turgid and insufferable English Victorian novel? Have you gone through that torture? Have you fallen asleep over Thackery and have you read the first line of “Portrait of Lady” and been able to soldier on? Have you read, even Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” and seen how utterly ridiculous the English are (even when written by an Irishman) and how completely indigestible their literature is? And you don’t respect that? All that SUFFERING that I put myself through just to be able to say….”Eh, sorry, no, I don’t like the novels of Charles Dickens”…

            So, if I don’t like Dickens, is it okay that I don’t like something which is naive, because the revolution always appeals to the naive (Milan Kundera)….what about Mandelstam who died in the Gulag (in fact, on his way to the Gulag) because he had compared Stalin’s fingers to worms in a poem? Huh? What of that?

            Huh? That is literature, detail is literature, or literature is in the details. uncomfortable and uncanny detail… Stalin’s fingers like worms….EXACTLY…

          2. Redgauntlet says:

            Anyway, you people who want to make literature a comfort zone….well, sorry….not for me…literature as a “therapy”, literature as a means of “self-expression”, the writer as a guru and a public figure and a kind of exalted actor, the writer, maybe even, as “the voice of the people”…

            …the writer as anything and everything but the writer at his desk….

            …god damned you people….you understand nothing about literature, which is one of the few remaining mysteries left on planet earth… don’t pollute it, please, with your LIKES and THUMBS UPS and SHARES…and trying to be nice….

            God spare us, the moralistic Brits have killed literature with the “politically correct novel”…the only oxygen comes in foreign languages.

            We can only despise you ignoramuses who opine about something you do no take seriously, or not seriously enough. We can only react against the putrefied moralistic,. turgid and extremely boring Scottish novel whereby if you don’t identify with the people – including the people who voted NO – then you are some kind of bourgeois traitor.

            Time for an act of anarchy on the Scottish literary scene…time …” we happy few, we band of brothers…” shook the Scottish Establishment up…

  10. jaxlek says:

    loved the story and it was a bit like watching titanic, you know wha the ending is going to be but you keep hoping you were wrong.

  11. Redgauntlet says:

    One of the most genuine and pure and true and epic lines of world literature ever written by the human hand, in a private diary entry in Cittavecchia by yes, Stendhal,. when he was 46 years old:

    “I have come to the point in life when I have lived all that I can live, and now all that remains is to tell the tale”.

    And then, “The Red and the Black” and “The Charterhouse of Parma”…oh….superb!

    My fellow countryman, Marie-Henry Beyle….notice, please, the RELUCTANCE to be a writer…none of the great writers ever wanted to be a writer, that is the point!!!

    They all wanted to live life, but were incapable of pulling it off…

  12. Redgauntlet says:

    “All the great writers were failures”….(Drew Spiers, Madrid, June 1st, 2015)

  13. douglas clark says:

    This was linked at the bottom of a recent ‘fiction’ piece. I hadn’t read it before and just want to add my praise for it as a superb vignette.

    I wonder if Meaghan Delahunt is still writing? For she certainly has a lot of talent for it.

  14. douglas clark says:

    Apparently she is quite well known:

    “MEAGHAN DELAHUNT is a novelist and short story writer. Her work has been widely translated and her stories anthologised and broadcast on BBC Radio 4. In 1997 she won the Flamingo/HQ National Short Story Prize in Australia. Awards for her novels In the Blue House (Bloomsbury, 2001), The Red Book (Granta, 2008) and To the Island (Granta, 2011) include a regional Commonwealth Prize, a Saltire Award and a nomination for the Orange Prize. She is also at work on a new novel and a work of non-fiction. She taught Creative Writing at the University of St Andrews from 2005-2013 and at the University of Stirling from 2013-2016. She is a qualified Vinyasa Flow/Hatha Yoga Teacher (RYT200) registered with Yoga Alliance UK. She is on the judging panel of the 2016 International Dublin literary Award. Born in Melbourne, Meaghan Delahunt now lives in Edinburgh.”

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