NEW POETRY BY JONATHAN COWARD AND ALEX MCMILLAN

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JONATHAN COWARD lives in Glasgow, having moved to Scotland for postgraduate study at the University of Edinburgh. He is editor of the pamphlet micropublishing project, Thing Power, which mediates environmental theory through word and… Continue reading

SEXY, EXISTENTIAL, COOL: April Ayers Lawson’s ‘Virgin and Other Stories’

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April Ayers Lawson Virgin and Other Stories (Granta Books, 2017) By Laura Waddell Like a sinewy muscle, April Ayer Lawson’s debut short story collection Virgin and Other Stories flexes a visceral grace. The heady themes… Continue reading

From the ‘Fictive Nation’ to the ‘City in Short Fiction’: Reading ‘The Book of Tokyo’ After Barthes

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The Book of Tokyo: A City in Short Fiction, edited by Michael Emmerich, Jim Hinks, and Masashi Matsuie (Comma Press, 2015) by Calum Rodger The Book of Tokyo: A City in Short Fiction… Continue reading

SPECIMENS – A SHORT STORY BY SALLY ROBERTS

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A young librarian – shall we say around thirty-two? – wore the same clothes every single day. Thick grey trousers, which were perhaps intended to sit directly on the waist but instead lingered… Continue reading

NEW POETRY BY STEPHEN KEELER

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STEPHEN KEELER won the first Highland Literary Salon Poetry Competition (judged by John Glenday) and received a Scottish Book Trust New Writing Award in 2014/15. His poems have been published in Northwords Now and… Continue reading

JUAN PABLO VILLALOBOS’ TRAGIC SURREALISM: ‘I’ll Sell You a Dog’

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Juan Pablo Villalobos, I’ll Sell You a Dog, translated by Rosalind Harvey (And Other Stories, 2016) By Ailsa Peate Mexico has recently been in the spotlight internationally thanks, mainly, to celebrities – in a… Continue reading

MY LOVING BLOOD – A SHORT STORY BY JUDY UPTON

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If Mum knew that I was here she would kill me. Eighteen years on from the day when Stork Incorp debited the final instalment of my conception fee from her gold account, I… Continue reading

NEW POETRY BY TARIQ LATIF AND ELENI CAY

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TARIQ LATIF has three poetry collections all published by Arc. His latest The Punjabi Weddings was published in 2007. His most recent publication is the pamphlet Smithereens which is shortlisted for the Callum MacDonald memorial prize… Continue reading

FRAGMENTED IDENTITIES: Mikhail Lermontov’s ‘A Hero of Our Time’, trans. by Elizabeth Cheresh Allen

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Mikhail Lermontov, A Hero of our Time, translated by Elizabeth Cheresh Allen (Northwestern University Press, 1840/2016) By Alex Fleming “You’ll say to me again that an individual can’t be so bad, but I’ll say to… Continue reading

BRECHT AND MAM: Anakana Schofield’s ‘Martin John’

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Anakana Schofield Martin John (And Other Stories, 2016) By Xenobe Purvis Consider this: never in Nabokov’s Lolita do we actually meet Humbert Humbert’s mother. She is mentioned briefly on the second page; “My very photogenic… Continue reading