The History of Modern France by Jonathan Fenby

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Do we really need another history of France when Amazon already carries so many?  This one is on the two centuries since Waterloo, making...

Talking Dead by Neil Rollinson

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There is a danger when a poet sets out to record the ‘numinous in the everyday’, as Neil Rollinson’s most recent collection Talking Dead...

white – a project by Edmund de Waal

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white - a project by Edmund de Waal at The Royal Academy of Arts until 3 January 2016 White has obsessed Edmund de Waal since he made his...

Counting by Ralf Webb

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April doesn't rain. We have spent days watching the truant magpies comb our cat-eyed neighbour’s lawn for bottle caps and burnt-out tin foil. The cloying sun has not coaxed...

Physical by Andrew McMillan

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Andrew McMillan’s debut collection Physical opens with an epitaph taken from one of the often overlooked novels of Hilda Doolittle, better known as H.D.,...

Ritual Landscapes by Francis Pryor

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Many academic phrases, like much academic writing, are too awkward, verbose and cumbersome to find their way into common usage. Indeed, the jargon of...

The Rain Horse by Ted Hughes

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Ted Hughes The Rain Horse As the young man came over the hill the first thin blowing of rain met him. He turned his coat-collar up...

The Rat by Hannah Lowe

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The landlady watches herself in the living room mirror, phone held to her ear. In the blurred morning light her face looks young again,...

What I’m Reading – Thomas Morris

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We asked The Stinging Fly editor and short story writer Thomas Morris about the things he's reading, watching and listening to right now. Reading Dorthe Nors’s Karate Chop (some...

Real Life by Suzannah Evans

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The producers decided things were getting slow so I caught you with Arabella at the charity regatta, delivered a flute of strawberry champagne to your blazer, a...

Next Boat from Douala by William Boyd

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From The London Magazine Stories 11, 1979 Then the brothel was raided. Christ, he’d only gone down to Spinoza’s to confront Patience with her handiwork. She hadn’t...

His Bottom Lip by Rachel Long

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Clitoral, like finding a small, hidden part of myself in someone else. Nerve-wet, fleshy - for a white guy, and stained between life-lines with red wine gone black. Only this...

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

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Lauded as a subversive masterpiece, pegged as a favourite to win The Man Booker Prize and one of the best-selling novels of 2015, A Little...

Towpath by Neil Burns

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I The Lagan - a muddy silt river - Barrel of roll-tide, ribs of clean branches Poke up water jutting. On the towpath I glean a warm wet...

What Eliot Means to Me

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To mark the fiftieth anniversary of T. S. Eliot's death, the great and the good of the literary world have rolled out tributes, readings,...

We Don’t Know What We’re Doing

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Editor of The Stinging Fly, one of Ireland's top literary magazines, Thomas Morris is no stranger to reading and writing short fiction. In the final countdown...

Happiness by Jack Underwood

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‘Sometimes your sadness is a yacht’ is the title of the fourth poem in Jack Underwood’s recently published collection Happiness. Highlighting early on in...

Poetry | Translated Love Letters by Andrew McMillan

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from Norwegian / oh love, doesn't the fact that the world is so big, / laid out like ripe fruit / make you want to stay? / from Arabic / how I long to cleanse you / in the waters of the Tigris / how I long, as though you were a small and / priceless artefact, / to take you in my arms / from Ant-speak / I will carry you carry you / through legions of grass / protect you from the thumb, / the sole; the eager-feathered bird / will not swoop for you / from American / love is just love, and I'm in it / for the ride, o.k.? that tells me just exactly

Short Story Competition: A word from the Judges

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With just a couple weeks left till the end of our annual Short Story Competition we spoke to the Judges to find out exactly what the short story...

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

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The publication of a writer’s twentieth novel is, surely, a monumental occasion. Especially if the novel, which the writer has hinted might be her...

Poetry | Full Fathom Five by Sylvia Plath

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Old man, you surface seldom. / Then you come in with the tide's coming / When seas wash cold, foam- / Capped: white hair, white beard, far-flung, / A dragnet, rising, falling, as waves / Crest and trough. Miles long [...]

The Lobster

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If you were to be turned into an animal what animal would you choose? This question remains at the forefront of Yorgos Lanthimos’s first...

Short Story Competition: A word from the Judges

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With just a few weeks left till the end of our annual Short Story Competition we spoke to the Judges to find out exactly what the short...

Macbeth

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Scotland herself is the main character in this blood-soaked reimagining of Shakespeare's shortest tragedy. So enamoured is director Justin Kurzel of his Highland landscape...

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