The Gudgeon

When you walk across the town bridge in Bradford on Avon, three things are likely to strike you. The first is the wing mirror of a passing car.

The second  is the town lock-up which is affixed to the bridge. Apparently here, back in the day, drunken rascals were locked up for the night. I’ve seen inside (as a non-drunken rascal) and apart from the iron beds and the cold, it looks quite a nice place to spend the night. Certainly the views of the river are worth waking up to. Even with a punishing hangover.

The third thing is a gold gudgeon on top of the lock-up. In terms of being a fish, a gudgeon is small, edible and usually used as bait. It is also, I think, an easily fooled person and a spindle or pivot.IMG_8129

But most importantly, The Gudgeon is the name of the local magazine, a wonderful monthly issue that celebrates life and living in Bradford on Avon. And this month I’m in it! Double-take. Triple-take. But it’s true. You can see how I spend my day.

I think you should go and buy it immediately.



About James Ellis

I am a freelance writer and editor. I am the author of two novels, The Wrong Story and An Other’s Look (which is in the process of being published). I am currently working on my third novel. I have had a number of short stories and flash fiction published as well as a travelogue of my journey through Central America. I am a Real Writers prizewinner, a Carers UK prizewinner and was highly commended in British Fantasy Society short story awards. I am also on the BBC’s promising writers list for audio drama. I provide structural and developmental editing for fiction writers; creative writing mentoring for unpublished writers; and develop and facilitate creative writing workshops. I have a Masters degree from the University of Oxford in Creative Writing and spent my placement reading submissions at an Oxford literary agency. I am a member of the Society of Authors, English PEN, the Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society, and the International Flann O'Brien Society.
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