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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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I can’t afford the rent. She smiled sheepishly as my girlfriend held one of her pieces of jewellery in her hand. And I don’t think they want the like of us there.

The “like of us” had existed in this area well before the emergence of “they” and “there”, Brick…

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Of course he opened with Jimi. A long, drawn-out riff that announced he was going to “kiss the sky” any minute. A welcome sound on this air-crisp, sky-blue, knife-sharp January winter’s Saturday. Shoppers on their way to the Backyard Market on Brick Lane stopped. Hipsters, fresh from their brunch rituals…

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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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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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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…

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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