Fictive Dream

by Cath Bore

Cathy brought a splash of colour into the office, is how the kinder souls worded it. Truth was she sashayed through the door with an easy tilt of her hip, in a dress as tight as skin, and make-up so thick you could scrape it off with your fingernail. Her perfume was the scent of a man. What do they say? Dab perfume in the places you want to be kissed? She was the tart with a heart, a slapper with STDs, and the prettiest baby blue eyes. One who boasted she’d write her memoirs one day.

Too much eyeshadow and not enough clothes, the mother hens clucked. Poor Cathy, bless her, she’ll never find a nice fella the way she’s going. As if there was a way of readjusting her, to make her fit. But you knew each of them remembered the clean, firm boys they…

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DUSK: Solstice Shorts Festival


My flash fiction short story The Dusk Runner is part of DUSK, the Solstice Shorts micro-festival happening at dusk today. Organised by Arachne Press, there will be stories, poetry and folk music to welcome the winter solstice.

The Dusk Runner will be read at two of the twelve sites across the UK – Ynys Mon/Anglesey, and Warkleigh (North Devon).

You can watch the event online:

Holyhead, 17:30-18:12
Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead, Ynys Mon, LL65 1TE

Warkleigh 17:33-18:14
Courage Copse Creatives, Warkleigh, Umberleigh, North Devon, EX37 9DD


The book accompanying the festival will be published June 2018, around the time of the summer solstice.


Know Your Place on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour

Know Your Place has been out for a few weeks now, and in November was named as a  Spectator book of the year.

Last Friday I was on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour with fellow contributor Sian Norris, talking about the book.

Presenter Jenni Murray interviewed us about our respective essays, and working class women and intersectionality.

Our appearance was repeated as part of the programme’s weekend edition on the Saturday afternoon.

A number of people have asked me how the interview came about. The answer is simple – I sent them information about my essay and the book, and they liked it. Sometimes, support and enthusiasm for one’s work comes from the most unexpected of places.

You can listen to the interview and discussion here.


Know Your Place is out!

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I have an essay in a new book, published this week.

Know Your Place:  Essays on the Working Class has been in the works for a while. A collection of essays about working class culture and life, my contribution is concerned with the notion of invisible women, and a very specific group of such women.

The Housework Issue (The Other One) came from a short piece I wrote for the first issue of I Hope You Like Feminist Rants, published two years ago.  In it, I wrote about ‘invisible women’, those who work as cleaners, and how they are treated both within the work environment, and outside of it.

I wanted to explore the subject further, as I got such a positive initial response, so when Dead Ink Books put the call out for pitches in summer 2016, I thought it would be an ideal fit.

Luckily, Dead Ink felt the same way.

I’m very happy to have my work published alongside so many wonderful writers, who are listed here.


I have a piece of non-fiction in Mslexia magazine

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I have a piece of non-fiction in this quarter’s Mslexia, the magazine for women writers. I am so very pleased and proud to have work in there. I wrote the I Confess slot for this issue.

My story is about a little visit to a charity shop, and the terrible, shameful secret about how I came to buy a certain wonderful and precious object I found hanging on its walls. As I say in the story, I do feel guilty, but not severely enough to do anything about it. And, what’s more, I’d do it again.

Pray for my soul.

Mslexia is available via subscription or is available in a number of beautiful and gloriously independent book shops around the UK including Foyles in London and News From Nowhere in Liverpool, plus selected branches of Waterstones. In other words, it is stocked in “all good bookshops”.

The full list of outlets is here.


I Hope You Like Feminist Rants!

I have an essay in this, a feminist zine (i.e. an independently-minded, independently-financed magazine) called I HOPE YOU LIKE FEMINIST RANTS, edited by Abigail Tarttelin. It’s a platform for sharing feminist and women’s voices, and championing non-patriarchal journalism and art. Issue #3 is out this month, and available in London (Pages of Hackney), Los Angeles (Skylight Books), and Liverpool (News From Nowhere).

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You can also order online using Paypal via All zines ordered this way come with beautiful stickers. Issues #1 and #3 are £4, issue #2 is a bumper issue on Motherhood and is £5. Please add post and packaging – UK £1, EU £2, International £3. Note your address and the issues you want in the notes section on paypal.