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Stories by Gabrielle Burns

Neo Jamaican Nursery Rhymes

I spent some time earlier this month doing a course in writing picture books for children at the University of the West Indies’ Department of Literatures in English. Writing picture books for children is a fascinating field and it has … Continue reading

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Meet Dot the Spot

  See this dot, This dot, this spot. Sometimes I’m lonely,   and sometimes not.   Sometimes, I’ll play, And with my friends, today,   I’ll sit up high on the letter i.   I may be small But that’s … Continue reading

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Manny’s Surprise

“Yippie! I can do it Paulie! Did you see me? Did you see me?” Little Manny Mongoose is terribly excited.  He dances and he prances because he is delighted.   “We won’t be late for school again.  We’ll be early … Continue reading

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The Portraits of Liya Preston

“Is this Liya?” “Yes?  Who is this?” “My name is Aubrey Fosse, and I’m an artist.  I was hoping…” “Oh my goodness!  Mr. Fosse!  You really called! What can I do for you, Sir?” “Well, thank you!  I hear a … Continue reading

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Saffron Sloane, Ms. March

It was approaching the time for the annual office calendar shoot at Neufville and Co. This year, nearly everyone – well nearly all the gentlemen at Neufville and Co. – were looking forward to it, because of the arrival in … Continue reading

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Command Performance

Sometimes, it’s better to receive than to give.  In this story, a young woman receives a lesson in life for Christmas. – GB . Scarcely deigning to glance sideways the two young women strode jauntily between the beds.  Several children glanced listlessly at … Continue reading

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The Magic Wedding Dress

The Magic Wedding Dress Sylvia Patterson, a well known figure to the Forbes household, walked up the drive one Saturday afternoon to visit her sister Sheryl.  Together, they went up to Sheryl’s spare room to get her old wedding dress, … Continue reading

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Lessons in Life

This story is not for the faint-hearted.  While it is a work of fiction it is based upon some of the horrifying things that I have heard in the news. – GB The men descended suddenly from the hills near the … Continue reading

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Saving the Swans

It’s another lazy Sunday afternoon.  The sun shines through the canopy of trees and peeps between the bars and walled exhibits.   Several people stroll along the paths, and among the cages.  Occasionally, a child squeals, runs to a cage, points … Continue reading

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Checkmate!

The day was hot, the air heavy.  Tendrils of steam rose lazily from the road, luring the girl into an oblivious snooze.  She would not succumb.  She was watching the young man as he surveyed the empty road.  He stepped … Continue reading

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