NEW POETRY BY JILL JONES

JILL JONES’ most recent books include Breaking the Days (Whitmore Press 2015), which won the Whitmore Press Manuscript Prize in 2014, The Beautiful Anxiety (Puncher & Wattmann 2014) which won the Victorian Premiers’… Continue reading

ON THE AFTERLIFE OF CZECH SURREALISM: Vítězlav Nezval’s ‘The Absolute Gravedigger’ translated by Stephan Delbos and Tereza Novická

Vítězlav Nezval The Absolute Gravedigger. Translated from the Czech by Stephan Delbos and Tereza Novická (Prague: Twisted Spoon Press, 2016) by Anna Förster In 1938, at a time that can be called both the… Continue reading

MENDING ZEBRA CROSSING – A SHORT STORY BY HELMI BEN MERIEM

For A.R.   “Allah Akbar. Allah Akbar. . . Praying is more rewarding than sleeping.” On these words I wake up every morning. I put on my pyjamas and went to the bathroom.… Continue reading

CRICKET AND CHAPATTIS – A SHORT STORY BY SRISHTI CHAUDHARY

Preeti never minded the work. Like the other girls, she too had three brothers, a father who was ageing rapidly and people who were always over on ‘business’, or to watch a game… Continue reading

NEW POETRY BY ANDREW NEILSON AND GEORGE J. FARRAH

ANDREW NEILSON was born in Edinburgh in 1975. His poems have recently appeared in The Dark Horse and he has reviewed for journals including The Poetry Review and Magma. Andrew has also published short stories in Short… Continue reading

THE HUSTLER ABIDES: JONATHAN LETHEM’S ‘A GAMBLER’S ANATOMY’

Jonathan Lethem A Gambler’s Anatomy (Doubleday, 2016) by Mark Bresnan Jonathan Lethem is much cooler than me. I admit that without bitterness or sarcasm. Reading Lethem’s novels and essays sometimes feels like snooping through the… Continue reading

NEW POETRY BY TRACY PATRICK AND EILEEN FARRELLY

TRACY PATRICK is a writer and performer who lives in Paisley. She is currently writer in residence at the Sunshine Recovery Café. Her latest poetry collection is Wild Eye Fire Eye. See http://www.tracypatrick.co.uk EILEEN… Continue reading

A START – A SHORT STORY BY BRIAN HAMILL

(illustration: Steven Learmonth) The first place that accepted me was the supermarket on the other side of the river. I graduated earlier in the year, but all the early applications for jobs relating to… Continue reading

Poems of Quiet Devastation: Kate Hendry’s ‘The Lost Original’

Kate Hendry, The Lost Original (HappenStance, 2016) Review by Kylie Grant Speaking at Wigtown Book Festival recently, Michel Faber was asked why he had chosen poetry over fiction to explore his wife’s death from cancer.… Continue reading

VAMPIRE IN LOVE: In Conversation with Margaret Jull Costa about Translating Enrique Vila-Matas’ Short Stories

Enrique Vila-Matas, Vampire in Love, short stories collected and translated by Margaret Jull Costa (And Other Stories, November 2016) by Delaina Haslam Vampire in Love is curious in that it has not only… Continue reading