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Fiction | A Season for Every Activity by Keiran Goddard

Keiran GoddardA Season for Every Activity  The thing about Colm’s mother was that she could see inside people’s living rooms. Even if she had never...

Poetry | Café Poems by Holly Pester

Holly PesterCafé Poems  Café as think-tank metaphor for Enterprise. False Memory porn. Collage Damage. Diffusion transferEveryone wants to be heard. I’ve got myself into something...

Essay | A Conversation about Irish Literature by Houman Barekat

Houman BarekatA Conversation about Irish Literature  Why does Ireland produce so much good writing? Over the past few years I’ve been intrigued by the perennial...

Fiction | Leaves by RZ Baschir

RZ BaschirLeaves  The woman cannot leave the apartment, and now, after what’s happened, the man cannot stay. .......The man collects his things; his books from the...

Essay | The Book of Days by Darran Anderson

Darran AndersonThe Book of Days  In the autumn of 1793, a group of French intellectuals, the Comité de l’Instruction Publique, attempted to reset history. Led...

Fiction | A Lone Astronaut Watches the World End by Jessie...

Jessie GreengrassA Lone Astronaut Watches the World End  Years ago – a lecture hall in summer. Heat. Light. A fly buzzing against a window, the...

Poetry | Stars in a Field by Rebecca Goss

Rebecca GossStars in a Field  I have asked for this county to soften in youyour marrow to swimwith its flint and barley that you learn villagesand their...

Poetry | Sky Soldier by Jay Gao

Jay GaoSky Soldier Today, after raising up my dirty laundry from the dead Lake, a stranger named Larry called me, concerned about the vehicular accident I was...

Fiction | Sunstroke by Fernando Sdrigotti

Fernando SdrigottiSunstroke It’s the second time this morning that the lifeguard and a group of tanned men and women walk past, clapping, parading a lost...

Review | Portrait of the Artist by Chloë Ashby

Chloë AshbyPortrait of the Artist Van Gogh. Self-Portraits, The Courtauld Gallery, 3 February-8 May 2022 In January 1889, a week or so after Vincent van Gogh...

Fiction | Royal Calves by Shane Tivenan

Shane TivenanRoyal Calves Traipsing over the orange and silver granite, I followed the rib of the mountain upwards as daylight found full pitch. The green...

Review | A Series of Little Deaths by Kate Simpson

Kate SimpsonA Series of Little Deaths Metamorphosis: Selected Stories, Penelope Lively, Penguin, 2021, 336pp. £20.00 (hardback) In 1967, French literary critic and theorist Roland Barthes considered the...

Poetry | Maya C. Popa | Two Poems

Maya C. PopaM40 The wind moves the leaves in multiple directions like a mind caught between alternatives.Bright arrows of sunlight between lashes, the branches cleared revealing nests.One day, this...

Essay | Forest Beings by Keratuma Domicó (trans. Rahul Bery)

Keratuma Domicó (trans. Rahul Bery)Forest Beings I was born surrounded by forest, that’s what my mother used to say. She was a leader of our...

Poetry | The Panners by Isabel Bermúdez Ospina

Isabel Bermúdez OspinaThe Panners Under blue skies yellow dust in the sandy stream. What it is for the men to crouch all day long, brown-limbed and pan, pan, pan… searching for the...

Fiction | The Beheaded by Sara Jaramillo Klinkert

Sara Jaramillo KlinkertThe Beheaded I don’t know who found the head, Juan, or if there ever was a head. What I can tell you is...

Fiction | The Ashtray by David Hayden

David HaydenThe Ashtray A balloon in the shape of a black axe drifted through the air past the Union Chapel clock. On the upper deck...

Review | Historical Baggage by Houman Barekat

Houman BarekatHistorical Baggage   The Bureau of Past Management, Iris Hanika (trans. Abigail Wender), V&Q Books, 2021, pp.200, £12.99 (paperback) The Appointment, Katharina Volckmer, Fitzcarraldo Editions, 2020,...

Poetry | The Conversation by Emily Cooper & Jo Burns

These poems are an extract from a collection that follows a conversation held between three muses/lovers of Picasso: Marie-Thérèse Walter, Dora Maar and Françoise...

Essay | The Tundra by Patrick Cash

Patrick CashThe Tundra A year after the First World War the young émigré Sylvia Beach, thwarted by capital from opening a French bookshop in New...

Poem | For the Sake of the Children by Hollie McNish

Hollie McNishFor the Sake of the Children  for my most despised piece of advice given to people wanting to divorcebecause no-one knows why someone might want to...

Fiction | Around the time of My Promotion by Ben Pester

Ben PesterAround the time of My Promotion  Someone has just asked me a question – they are politely waiting for my answer. There is a...

Review | Buried in England by Max de Gaynesford

Max de GaynesfordBuried in England  The Sea View Has Me Again: Uwe Johnson in Sheerness, Patrick Wright, Repeater Books 2020, pp. 800, £25.00 (hardcover) Like the...

Fiction | Swimming Scene by Rob Palk

Rob PalkSwimming Scene He skipped over mounds and tussocks, across the flat top of the hill, the ground stretched out around him. He danced, swinging...

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