Category Archive: fiction

READS OF THE YEAR 2014: A.C. Clarke

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Thomas Travisano (ed.), Words in Air: The Complete Correspondence Between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell (2010) A great book to dip into before settling down to write oneself. Gives a vivid portrait of the post-war… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2014: Calum Gardner

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Chris Kraus, I Love Dick (Semiotext(e), 1997) I only discovered Chris Kraus’s writing this year, when I heard her speak about Kathy Acker at a conference, although she is one of the minds behind Semiotext(e),… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2014: Stephanie Green

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Geraldine Mitchell, Of Birds and Bones (Arlen House, 2014) I’ve read this many times, and love it. There is an overall quietness and dignity in this poetry book, especially when dealing with topics like a relative’s… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2014: R.A. Davis

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Walter Scott, Waverley (1814) In this year of celebration and examination of all things Scottish, the bicentenary of Walter Scott’s prose debut seemed to fall almost faintly. Far greater tribute was paid to… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2014: A.W. Strouse

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First, a shout-out to my boy Alexander Nemser, whose The Sacrifice of Abraham came out this year with Bookieman. Sacrifice is a relentless series of pseudo-midrashim about the tale of the binding of… Continue reading

THE TOXIC DOMESTIC: AN INTERVIEW WITH KATHARINE GRANT

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This interview was conducted on 1st July 2014 and accompanies Michael O’Brien’s review of Sedition. by Michael O’Brien Katharine Grant (b. 1958 in Burnley, Lancashire) has worked as a journalist for many years,… Continue reading

THY NEIGHBOUR’S PIANO: DESIRE AND POWER IN KATHARINE GRANT’S SEDITION

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Katharine Grant Sedition (Virago, 2014) by Michael O’Brien Katharine Grant’s historical adventures for children have taken place in various colourful settings around the world, such as the south of France, the Holy Land, and… Continue reading

EAST OF EAST KILBRIDE: My Journey Behind the Iron Curtain – A Photo Essay by Fiona Rintoul

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In 1986, Fiona Rintoul travelled from her home in East Kilbride to the Karl Marx University Leipzig (KMU) to study German for a term. This trip behind the Iron Curtain led to a… Continue reading

COOKING FOR ONE – A short story by Chin Li

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When the alarm went off, she was jolted out of her vanishing dream (like a bird, it flew away). Instinctively, her arm reached across to the other side of the bed. The other… Continue reading

THE CORNER OF VICTORIA & ALBERT – A short story by MJ Corrigan

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This story has previously been published on MJ Corrigan’s blog #9 Dream. On the corner of Victoria and Albert, I watched as the rain washed the blond sandstone of the buildings opposite a… Continue reading