Welcome to my website. I am a writer and teacher. Thank you for looking, Nina
The website of nina macpherson
Nina MacPherson BSc PGCE MEd MA
Writer and Tutor
Austerity and Other Cuts -
My collection contains ten satirical short stories, inspired by Osborne’s “We’re all in it together”, Orwell’s Books v Cigarettes and Animal Farm, Polly Toynbee’s commentaries and Marcus Berkmann’s satires.
They are an antidote to politicians’ homilies in contemporary Britain. Included is
an eleventh story, Austerity, which captures life in post-
The collection begins with three stories loosely connected by the effects of pressure
in education. All the Responsibility ‒ None of the Power describes a system entrapping
a family and deputy head in meetings and paperwork. It is set in the poorest ward
in the Bristol environs, where a family’s forty-
The Inspection is a satire of Ofsted, where cats’ home volunteers judge the suitability
of a would-
Single File lampoons three lonely women, who have become their jobs. Two retired theatre sisters, Ivy and Judith, wear aprons which resemble surgical gowns and lay the table as if handling surgeon’s implements in the operating theatre. PE teacher, Ruth, sees how narrow life has become, willing shoppers in town to walk in single file, as if at school, and socialising only with Ivy and Judith. Then she meets a Latvian graduate, who changes her outlook on life.
My novella Life on Earth satirises those who profiteer at a time of crisis. Austerity
measures are in place during a prolonged heat-
Service Providers is a quartet about government interference with the health service
and how it affects admin staff, a patient, midwife and nurse. The Receptionist’s
Story, (Sans Teeth), shows Jeremy rewarding slim and fit patients when they visit
the surgery. The overweight and sick patients fall asleep in the waiting room while
the GP sees healthy “service users” who want anti-
Finally Gardening Leave and Some Have Entertained Angels reflect the lives of those who are perpetually strapped for cash, with fatal consequences. We are not all in it together!
In 1918, in the industrial Midlands, master butcher Eliza Freeman, married to successful shop owner Will, is the only one of three sisters to have the ‘married women’s’ vote. Younger, prettier Maud lives opposite Eliza with plain cousin Megan, and wants marriage, not women’s suffrage. Older, imperious Phoebe lives in Florence, with servants, in a loveless marriage to Freddy.
Maud feels trapped at home, especially when Megan has a stroke. Thus when Phoebe visits from Italy, with the exotic Andreas, Maud is overcome with desire for him, but fears he is Phoebe’s beau.
By 1924 Maud and Andreas, now selling Italian goods in upmarket Hattingham, are married with a baby, Violetta. Eliza, financially comfortable, with ambitions to expand the business, dotes on Violetta, realising she’s left it too late for motherhood. The General Strike of 1926 threatens Will financially but Eliza opens a soup kitchen for hungry labourers, and thereafter is held in high esteem.
Preparing for her birthday celebrations, August 1930, Eliza is tragically widowed
when Will is killed by a bull he is slaughtering. In her grief, her ambition gone,
she wants change -
Bereaved, and enraged over the quicksand incident, Eliza means to challenge Maria’s
parents. Seeing them in the back-
With Will’s legacy and Maud’s unhappiness over Andreas, Eliza decides on the move to Bradmore, buying two houses, one for her and Megan and another for Maud and Vi. Maria’s family leave the slums to rent from Eliza. After moving house, never hearing from Andreas again, Maud sinks into a depression
Months later a neighbour finds Andreas’s letters, posted to Maud, but to the wrong address. In Italy an unhelpful Phoebe doesn’t encourage him to contact Maud. Freddy has left her and she’s lonely. Andreas, unemployed in Florence, plans a business venture in Scotland. Phoebe is left alone in Italy while Maud and Andreas have a passionate reconciliation in Edinburgh.
In September 1939 Phoebe, now considered an alien, flees Italy, travelling across a Europe at war, with no servants and a debilitating stomach ulcer. Waiting for the last boat from Calais to England she is near death. After months of meeting Andreas in hotels Maud finally sees his shoddy flat in Edinburgh, is horrified, questions her marriage and has a miscarriage.
At the end of the novel Phoebe and Maud face uncertain futures. Meanwhile Eliza,
ignorant of their plights, settles into comfortable semi-
My posts are humorous reflections on modern life, in a similar vein to my short stories.
Some reflect the frustrations I have when, for instance, trying to re-
It's Not What It Says on the Tin. In What is a Ford B Max? I aim to illustrate the
absurdity of buying an almost-
Young Faces of Britain becomes a mild rant against political manoeverings and two
posts from last summer are commentaries on articles in The Guardian post-
Please feel free to comment on my posts. I have a small regular following.
“Coming of Age”
“Coming of Age” promotional models
Nina at a reading
Nina machpherson, Nina machpherson, Nina machpherson, Nina machpherson, Nina machpherson, Nina machpherson, Nina machpherson, Nina machpherson, Nina machpherson, Nina machpherson, Nina machpherson, Nina machpherson, Nina machpherson, Nina machpherson, Nina machpherson, Nina machpherson, Nina machpherson, Nina machpherson, Nina machpherson, Nina machpherson, Nina machpherson, Nina machpherson, Nina machpherson, Nina machpherson,