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.

 

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About James Ellis

James is a freelance writer and editor. He is the author of two novels, The Wrong Story and An Other’s Look (which is in the process of being published). He is currently working on my third novel. In addition to his own creative writing, James provides one-on-one structural and developmental mentoring for fiction writers, and develops and facilitates creative writing workshops.
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