Extract:

No Trumpets Needed – Michael Morpurgo

am a cameraman. I work freelance, working on my own. It’s how I like it. I was on the West Bank a few weeks ago, my first job in the bitter cauldron of confrontation that is the Middle East. Of course I had seen on television, like most of us, the anguish of the grieving, the burnt out buses, the ritual humiliation at checkpoints, the tanks in the streets, the stone throwing crowds, the olive groves and the hill top settlements, children playing in open sewers in the refugee camps  ̶  and now, the wall. I knew the place in images, I was there to make more of them, I suppose. But I had a more personal reason for being there too. I saw it on television, watched in disbelief as the Berlin Wall came tumbling down. It was the most hopeful, most momentous event of my young life. Now another wall had been built, and I wanted to find out about the lives of the people who lived close to it  ̶  on both sides. I began my travels on the Palestinian side.

Table of Contents: 

Introduction – Joanne Harris v

The Death of the Aardvark – Robin Sidwell 1

A Day Out – Eleanor Knight 17

I’m Reviewing a Play at the Albany And I Was Wondering if You’d Like to Come Along – Luke Kennard 29

The Do-Gooders – Lauri Kubuitsile 37

No Trumpets Needed – Michael Morpurgo 43

Mrs Eastcott – Jane Feaver 49

A Clean Life in the North – Jean Rafferty 59

Sans Everything – Nel Boswood 67

Don’t thank me, thank the moon’s gravitational pull + other short tales – David Gaffney 73

The Night of Nights, 1948 – Seán Burke 79

The Kiss – Martin Sorrell 95

What You Know – Andrew Caink 103

Joyriders – Sarah Oswald 111

North Cold – Tania Hershman 125

Miss Vandermeyer and the Star Baby – Emma Seaman 131

Contributors 147