As a nursery school teacher, I live, every day, with all the complications and tensions that go along with that time, every afternoon, when the kids get picked up, after school. I feel the children’s anxieties, their excitement and expectations; I observe which parents have become friendly and sometimes arrange to collect one another’s kids, for play dates or whatever. I know which children go home with nannies or grandparents. And I watch the relationships form among the various parents.
There is always, in the back of my mind, one huge worry: what if no one ever comes to pick up one of the children? What will I do then? How will events unfold after that?
Tom Lee's writing has appeared in the Sunday Times, Esquire, Prospect, the Dublin Review and in Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope All Story, and has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4. In 2012 he was shortlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award. His debut collection of short stories, Greenfly, was longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Prize. He currently teaches creative writing at Goldsmiths College, and lives in South London.
Lara Dearman grew up on Guernsey before moving to the UK to study. She pursued a career in the city before taking time out to be with her young family. After her husband's job took the family to Singapore for three years, they returned to London where she studied for an MA in Creative Writing at St Mary's University. She graduated with a distinction in 2016. Lara now lives in New York with her husband and three children and is intending to write full time. Lara will be in London for a month over the summer and plans to spend plenty of time this side of the Atlantic each year.
Daniel Locke is an artist and graphic novelist based in Brighton, UK. During his degree at the Slade School of Fine Art, Daniel focussed on creating narrative-based sculpture and videos. He continued to exhibit video and sculpture work after leaving college, working with clients including Paul Smith and also regularly appeared as a ‘sketch artist’ on a reality TV show. He later gave in to his childhood ambition to become a cartoonist and began creating comics and since 2013, much of his work has been informed and shaped by the discoveries of contemporary science. He's worked with Nobrow, Arts Council England, The Wellcome Trust and The National Trust.