Low Expectations | 2018 CAP Writing Prize | Commendation

I was born by lamplight in my parent’s bed. I apparently tried to resist entering the world by thrusting my head backwards. My mother believed this caused some brain damage explaining my subsequent dysfunctional behavior and problems with reading and writing. Like Dickens’s Pip my name was shortened and I became Seb, which my childish dyslexic brain and dominant left eye reversed. The resulting gender reassignment gave my siblings much sadistic delight. ‘