Newsletter

Newsletter

Duende is a weekly email that explores what gives meaning to our lives. This search is an ongoing struggle. Spanish poet Federico García Lorca named this fight 'duende'. It is that space that exists within us all, and must be wrestled with before we can unearth it.
Oct
02
Duende52: Darwin was wrong

Duende52: Darwin was wrong

Charles Darwin, way back in 1835, was on Chatham Island, part of the Galápagos archipelago. "As I was walking along
2 min read
Sep
25
Duende51: The Tony Montana Principle

Duende51: The Tony Montana Principle

Before we start, we need to agree on something. We are going to ignore to overt misogyny of Tony Montana
3 min read
Sep
18
Duende50: Chain reactions

Duende50: Chain reactions

Human beings are complex creatures designed to do simple things in complicated ways. Just look at any other creature and
2 min read
Sep
11
Duende49: Seek the depths

Duende49: Seek the depths

In 1902, whilst at school, a young hopeful poet was sitting under a tree reading “Poems by Rainer Maria Rilke”
3 min read
Sep
04
Duende48: The Sun

Duende48: The Sun

On a cloudy day in September 1945, Army General Douglas MacArthur gave a speech onboard the USS Missouri. Standing in
2 min read
Aug
28
Duende47: The Romeo Effect

Duende47: The Romeo Effect

When we first meet young Romeo, he's mopping around a grove of sycamore trees. He is in love with Rosaline.
3 min read
Aug
21
Duende46: Fact

Duende46: Fact

In 2013, British teenager Hannah Smith, aged only 14, committed suicide after being cyber-bullied. She'd received messages on the social
2 min read
Aug
14
Duende45: Late blooming

Duende45: Late blooming

I'll be honest, this week has been tough. There are moments when I question why I keep writing. These moments
1 min read
Aug
07
Duende44: Talking out of school

Duende44: Talking out of school

I am staking my claim in the ground. Planting my flag. This is happening, and I am part of it.
2 min read
Jul
31
Duende43: Dig a grave

Duende43: Dig a grave

One of my foremost memories is of my pet budgie "Cecil". He was a slender green and yellow bird. He
3 min read