Photo by Deborah Jaffe

Published by Austin Macauley, supported by an Arts Council England grant and with photographs by the excellent Deborah Jaffe, my first book, “Cuban, Immigrant, and Londoner” hits the shelves this week.

Somewhere towards the end of my book, I write “This is what writing from an EAL immigrant’s perspective represents…

I don’t mean to scare you, but, there’s a bigger mountain after this one Photo by Cade Prior on Unsplash

I’ve been on Medium since at least 2016. As a seasoned writer on this platform, I’d like to share some of my expertise, especially with those who are new to this online publication.

Harking back to the times when claps were the way to earn a pretty penny around here…

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The colour of the pill you really ought to have (photo by the author)

I spot a Friern Barnet-bound 43 approaching Angel Islington from City Road. On its right side the bus carries an ad for the latest Matrix instalment, The Matrix Resurrections. I’m suddenly seized by a strong desire to watch the original 1999 film. …

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Photo by Deborah Jaffe

The novelist Teju Cole writes in his latest book, Black Paper, that, on remembering his Nigerian grandmother, he can still recall her words every time he visited her:

Sit next to me. I want to feel your hands in mine. Be close to me. I want your skin touching mine.”

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Photo by the author

Zadok Ben-David’s Kew Gardens’ installation, Blackfield, shows us the fragility, not only of our ecosystem, but also of our flawed and pretty screwed-up relationship to the environment.

Its 27,000 steel-sketched flowers highlight our conflicting and, at the same time, contradictory relationship between humans and nature. The pieces, coloured on both…

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‘tis the season not to be wasteful. Photo by Rodion Kutsaev on Unsplash

Picture the scene. It’s Boxing Day. The turkey has been eaten and its remains put away in the fridge. What to do with them? There are only so many sandwiches you can make. For many years my solution was usually to make use of the carcass the best way I…

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Rayners Lane tube station, mid-afternoon (photo by the author)

No biscuits this week. I’ve noticed since I started delivering cycling training that I’ve come to divide schools into two groups: biscuit-rich and biscuit-deprived. This one certainly falls in the latter category.

The visitor/staff toilet is close to both the entrance and the school office. As usual, this induces in…

Mario López-Goicoechea

London-based, Cuban writer. Author of “Cuban, Immigrant, and Londoner” https://www.austinmacauley.com/book/cuban-immigrant-and-londoner

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