Jarred McGinnis


Jarred McGinnis is the co-founder of The Special Relationship. In 2015, he was the creative director ‘Moby-Dick Unabridged‘ a four-day live reading of Herman Melville’s ‘Moby-Dick’ at the Southbank Centre in 2015. His short fiction has been commissioned for BBC Radio 4, and has appeared in journals in the UK, Canada, USA and Ireland. Most recently he has had stories shortlisted for the 2016 Galley Beggar Story Prize and the 2016 Wasafiri New Writing Award. When not inspiring the able-bodied with his ability to open doors and use public transport, he is working on his second PhD. He is http://wickedtomocktheafflicted.com

What Was the Spark?

They pulled into her drive. James thought about the front steps. Not many first dates start with looking into your date’s dark eyes while her mother and father struggle to lift you and your wheelchair into the house. There would also be narrow doors and tight corners asking her, ‘Are you sure about this? There are other boys, undamaged, who could fall in love with you.’He sat, embarrassed, as she pulled his wheelchair out of the boot. Clunk. She was slotting a wheel into place. Clunk. He wanted to go home.’We’ll go through the back garden,’ she said.Behind the house, …Read more

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