The literary life of EDWARD JAMES, author,reviewer, occasional poet and former pension adviser to the government of Kyrgyzstan
I’m proud to be a runner-up in the 2014 Graffiti short story competition, for an ‘historical’ story of up to 1000 words. Congratulations to the winner, Christine Griffin.
As befits this centennial year my entry was set in the First World War. I had two uncles who served on the Western Front and both of them became POWs in Germany, one in a salt mine and the other in a coal mine The younger one was captured in the last great German offensive in March 1918, so he had a relatively brief captivity. By then the Allied blockade of Germany was biting hard and my uncle told of the children who begged food from the prisoners as they marched through the mining village and how the POWs argued among themselves on the morality of giving away food from their Red Cross parcels.
My story is fiction, but based on my late uncles reminiscences.
See my page THE CHOCOLATE SOLDIERS.