For Derek Jarman

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Every publication of your work is special, but I am especially pleased to have my story, ‘His Horizons Became My Horizons’, featured in the autumn issue of ‘Tears in the Fence’.

This is because of its subject matter. 
As a keen gardener myself, who has endured blood, sweat and tears to make a garden from our wooded bramble patch, I was drawn to Derek Jarman, the film director, through his own fight against a harsh environment. In his case, this was a coastal strip of shingle, near to the nuclear power station at Dungeness.But, of course, he was battling far greater difficulties, at the same time – prejudice against homosexuality, then AIDS, then further prejudice because of that illness.
I was thrilled when the story was long-listed for the 2021 TSS Cambridge Prize and short-listed for the SaveAsWriters prize. But I hoped it would find its way into print, as a dedication to him.So I am very grateful to David Caddy, ’Tears in the Fence’ editor, for including it here. Copies are available from their website