Category Archive: short story

SITKA SPRUCE – A SHORT STORY BY GERARD MCKEEVER

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The trees had all changed since Arthur was last in Tynron. Twenty-four years became a generation as he smelled the sappy evergreens standing in rows. His hands bristled for the sensations of bark… Continue reading

FORMS OF IMPATIENCE: Vicki Jarrett’s ‘The Way Out’

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Vicky Jarrett, The Way Out (Freight, 2015) By Gerard Lee McKeever Writing about the poor is a dangerous game. It is, perhaps, the most dangerous game in literature. The exploration of disadvantaged social… Continue reading

POROUS AND RESILIENT: ‘Tales from a Cancelled Country’, ed. by Alan McMunnigall, Brian Hamill & Stuart Blackwood

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Tales from a Cancelled Country: An Anthology of Fiction, ed. Alan McMunnigall, Brian Hamill & Stuart Blackwood (thi wurd books, 2015) By Gerard Lee McKeever Back in early April, Darren “Loki” McGarvey wrote a… Continue reading

An Oscillatory System: Pippa Goldschmidt’s ‘The Need for Better Regulation of Outer Space’

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Pippa Goldschmidt, The Need for Better Regulation of Outer Space (Glasgow: Freight Books, 2014) by Charlotte Morgan Pippa Goldschmidt has been commended for offering in her collection of short stories a unique vision of… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2015: Laura Waddell

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This year I’ve found myself reading more translation, more books by women, and more from independent publishers. The most significant reading experience I’ve had in 2015 has been Elena Ferrante’s Neopolitan series translated… Continue reading

A POLITICAL TOUR OF ISTANBUL: ‘The Book of Istanbul’, edited by Jim Hinks and Gül Turner

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This piece is part of our Life in the 21st Century City thread, an occasional series of reviews, essays and travelogues. It seeks to explore the felt reality of world cities today and the experience of… Continue reading

BEYOND THE GARDEN: A LOVE STORY – A short story by Chin Li

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By Chin Li As he turned the corner, the garden came into view. Out-of-focus at first, then, in an instant, sorting itself into sharp relief against the gloomy sky. Walking up the rugged path… Continue reading

THE HIDDEN HEART OF THE JACKALOPES: Angela Readman’s ‘Don’t Try This at Home’

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Angela Readman, Don’t Try This at Home (And Other Stories, 2015) By Naomi Richards Angela Readman’s innovative debut collection combines an understanding of harsh reality with the inexplicable. These are sharp tales in a… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2014: Rebecca DeWald

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Agua by Eduardo Berti, translated by Alexander Cameron and Paul Buck (Pushkin Press, 2003 [1997]) This short novel came to me by way of the Argentine Travelogue I began early in 2014 and… 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

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