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PRINCESS – A SHORT STORY BY LEELA SOMA

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He lusted after her from the first moment their eyes locked. She looked young and vulnerable; her baby blue eyes in that innocent, cherubic face set his heart thumping. On her first visit… Continue reading

Garry Mackenzie – From Ben Dorain: A Conversation with a Mountain

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Duncan Bàn Macintyre’s In Praise of Ben Dorain is an eighteenth-century Gaelic poem about a West Highland mountain and its herd of red deer. The work below combines an original translation of Macintyre’s… Continue reading

TSUNAMI – A SHORT STORY BY MARK MULHOLLAND

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With a hurried punched march she pushes through slanted rain. She leans over her short legs as this might speed her arrival whilst holding off the weather. She glances across the street where… Continue reading

NEW POETRY – AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2019 SELECTION: ROBIN LEIPER, PIPPA LITTLE, LEELA SOMA, TERENCE JOHN, AND STEPHEN KEELER

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ROBIN LEIPER is a psychotherapist living in Scotland and South Africa and trying to write in the spaces between them. He has been published here and there. PIPPA LITTLE is from St. Andrews… Continue reading

AN EXCLUSIVE EXTRACT FROM Æther: AN OUT-OF-BODY LYRIC – BY CATHERINE GRAHAM

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Please click here for an exclusive extract from Catherine Graham’s forthcoming collection Aether: an out-of-body lyric. A review of Graham’s 2017 collection ‘The Celery Forest’ can be found HERE and a poetry sampler… Continue reading

I AM MADE MORE UNEVEN ABOVE THE HEART: ‘THE CELERY FOREST’ BY CATHERINE GRAHAM

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The Celery Forest. Catherine Graham (Wolsak & Wynn: Buckrider Books, 2017) Review by P.W. Bridgman After I read The Celery Forest the first time—from beginning to end in one sitting—I found my heart… Continue reading

THE LAST CHANT – A SHORT STORY BY CHIN LI

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He’d been walking for a long time, from one end of the world to the other end. Starting as an old worn-out self, ending up as a mere handful of sand. But still,… Continue reading

THE NOSTALGIA OF ‘MY BRILLIANT FRIEND’: FEVER, FICTION, and MEMOIR

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By Grazia Ietto Gillies The adaptation ‘Oh! Le aste, le aste’. My reaction is immediate.[1] The show brought it all back. On screen is a page of the school workbook of six-year old… Continue reading

NEW POETRY – JULY/AUGUST 2019 SELECTION: ELIZABETH RIMMER, THOMAS STEWART, AND MICHAEL EGAN

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ELIZABETH RIMMER is a poet, and poetry editor for Red Squirrel Press. She has published three collections of poetry with Red Squirrel Press, Wherever We Live Now, in 2011, The Territory of Rain, in September 2015, and, Haggards (2018)… Continue reading

AN INTERVIEW WITH KATE TOUGH

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Kate Tough‘s novel, Keep Walking Rhona Beech (Abacus, 2019) has had an unconventional publication journey, something she wrote about it in a piece for the Scottish Book Trust that you can find here. In this interview,… Continue reading