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From the Editor

50GS is a journal that sprung from the Masters course in Creative Writing at University of Edinburgh. Founded in 2016 by Joshua Simpson, the baton was passed on to the new class of students in
2017. It is a place for poetry, prose, and any writing that fits the “creative writing” theme. Anyone can submit.
Naomi Morris, Editor-in-Chief

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from A Walk by the River

I come for everyone alike, although they imagine me quite differently. Most think of me as brutal: I am, to their minds, a dark spectre sent to punish them. I come heralded by a knock on the door or the ringing of bells, tolling and knocking as a personal affront to them. Others imagine me as a saviour come to release them from their suffering—an angel, sent to free them. Others see a mask, devoid of all that creates sympathy and emotion; they see a creature for whom empathy is a foreign concept or, worse still, a sin. Then there are those who think of me but imagine instead the dead themselves—entertaining the vision of revenants rising from their graves ready to drag the living down with them. Read More.

Clarissa Wilson

2017-10-24T00:54:11+00:00

Clarissa Wilson

I come for everyone alike, although they imagine me quite differently. Most think of me as brutal: I am, to their minds, a dark spectre sent to punish them. I come heralded by a knock on the door or the ringing of bells, tolling and knocking as a personal affront to them. Others imagine me as a saviour come to release them from their suffering—an angel, sent to free them. Others see a mask, devoid of all that creates sympathy and emotion; they see a creature for whom empathy is a foreign concept or, worse still, a sin. Then there are those who think of me but imagine instead the dead themselves—entertaining the vision of revenants rising from their graves ready to drag the living down with them. Read More.

from Rebecca Reeves and Titana Muthui on Contenders

"As a minority, it is…how do I say this? Characters for minorities are hard to come by, unless you want to play the antagonistic, or angry black woman. They put us into roles as actors which are less challenging for us to reach. So, with this project, I’m so, so happy that young girls see someone with my complexion on screen, can see that there is more to being a black woman; they can see a familiar face. And it also relates to colourism as well; it is not usual to see a dark-skinned woman expressing complexity on screen, and especially in sci-fi. So, Theo is just this beautiful, magical character that isn’t defined by her skin tone, but by her mind and curiosity, that young black girls can see and feel represented." Read More.

Titana Muthui on Contenders

2017-12-13T18:41:05+00:00

Titana Muthui on Contenders

"As a minority, it is…how do I say this? Characters for minorities are hard to come by, unless you want to play the antagonistic, or angry black woman. They put us into roles as actors which are less challenging for us to reach. So, with this project, I’m so, so happy that young girls see someone with my complexion on screen, can see that there is more to being a black woman; they can see a familiar face. And it also relates to colourism as well; it is not usual to see a dark-skinned woman expressing complexity on screen, and especially in sci-fi. So, Theo is just this beautiful, magical character that isn’t defined by her skin tone, but by her mind and curiosity, that young black girls can see and feel represented." Read More.