Category Archive: fiction

BRODIE – A SHORT STORY BY LEELA SOMA

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It happened in Chennai in 2015. What was a young lad, Alan Brodie, from Elgin doing in Chennai, India? You might well ask! My journey began months earlier, with a dream of a… Continue reading

EIBF 2018: LENDING A VOICE: Translated Literature and Migration

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This is one of a number of pieces covering events at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, which runs from 11th–27th August 2018 at Charlotte Square Gardens and George Street, Edinburgh. The events ‘Michael Hoffmann on Translation’, ‘Juan… Continue reading

NO HONOURABLE GODDAMN STEREOTYPES HERE: ‘An Ounce of Practice’ by Leo Zeilig

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Leo Zeilig, An Ounce of Practice (Hope Road Publishing, 2017) By Lynnda Wardle An Ounce of Practice by Leo Zeilig is a hugely enjoyable, ambitious bildungsroman following the life and loves of left-wing… Continue reading

CHARCO PRESS: Making Waves with Writers from Across the Pond

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Ariana Harwicz, Die, My Love, translated by Sarah Moses and Carolina Orloff (Charco Press, 2017) Luis Sagasti, Fireflies, translated by Fionn Petch (Charco Press, 2017) Margarita García Robayo, Fish Soup, translated by Charlotte… Continue reading

A CONTEMPORARY PERSPECTIVE: ‘Conradology,’ edited by Becky Harrison and Magda Raczynska

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Conradology, edited by Becky Harrison & Magda Raczyńska (Comma Press, 2017) By A.M. Bakalar Celebrating the 160th birthday anniversary of Joseph Conrad, the Polish Parliament declared the year 2017 as The Year of… Continue reading

THE DOORS – EXCERPT FROM A BOOK BY COLIN CAMPBELL ROBINSON

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This is the end, my friend.                               Jim Morrison Only when he writes ‘I’ does he become ‘I’ so he’s… Continue reading

A BILINGUAL NOTICE: ‘Suite for Barbara Loden’ by Nathalie Léger, translated by Natasha Lehrer and Cécile Menon

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Nathalie Léger, Suite for Barbara Loden, translated by Natasha Lehrer and Cécile Menon (Les Fugitives, 2015) By Delaina Haslam It is months, and months, and months since my editor asked me to do… Continue reading

INTENSE MOMENTS WITH STRANGERS: ‘The Spit, the Sound and the Nest’ by Kathrine Sowerby

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Kathrine Sowerby, The Spit, the Sound and the Nest (Vagabond Voices, 2017) By Sarah Spence When Felix in Kathrine Sowerby’s The Spit, the Sound and the Nest asks Rita if “it’s wrong to leave… Continue reading

SOME THOUGHTS ON ‘PROTEST’

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This essay is part of our Threat Levels series. In 2006, the UK passed from a seemingly more casual and non-specific BIKINI state to a more serious state of threat, varying from substantial to critical. The reference to… Continue reading

THE END OF THE NIGHT – A SHORT STORY BY GERARD MCKEEVER

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It was last orders when the prophet returned. The streets were silent, a Thursday mist creeping off the Solway and up the Nith valley. ‘Warm night for the time of year,’ we kept… Continue reading

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