Simon Wrigley

Italian Station Café c.1952

This piece was written as part of the ‘Writing in the Museum’ course and was inspired by Robert Sawyers’ painting Italian Station Café.   She sits with her back to the glass bead curtain, upright, head slightly bowed as if she’s posing in a way she’s taught herself from the movies, facing the bar, getting half the attention of the regular drinkers and gamblers because she’s got the gift of fertility. Then, sooner or later, a man will enter, placing in front of her a glass of Cynar. As a drunk calls for wine and the dealer cuts the cards for …Read more

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