A story about a young woman who leaves newly-freed, 1970s post-Franco Spain to see the world.
Published in Quadrant (2014) and as a zine (2013) by me. Gorgeous cover as shown by the talented Alisha Jade.
In 1976, it was a good time in Madrid. Franco was dead. The city, the whole country was coming out from underneath his heavy hand. I was nineteen, full of energy, full of desire. Like so many others, so many other young people, I had fled to the capital from the small town in which I'd grown up, from the sun and the seasons and the sheep on the dry, rocky hills. I had come hungry for my life to begin,...