TO TRY OR NOT TO TRY: ‘Lunatics, Lovers and Poets: Twelve Stories After Cervantes and Shakespeare’

by

Daniel Hahn and Margarita Valencia (eds.), Lunatics, Lovers and Poets: Twelve Stories After Cervantes and Shakespeare (And Other Stories, 2016) By Edmund Chapman 2016 marked the four hundredth anniversary of one of the most extraordinary… Continue reading

GIDEON THE IDOL MAKER – A SHORT STORY BY CRAIG BURNETT

by

Gideon the Idol Maker ran his hands over the limestone block, pressing his fingertips into its hollows and crevices. The coolness of the rock was a welcome contrast to the heat inside the… Continue reading

NEW POETRY BY SEAN WAI KEUNG

by

SEAN WAI KEUNG is a poet and performer. He studied at the Universities of Roehampton and East Anglia and now resides near Queen’s Park, Glasgow. His work has been published in Lunar Poetry and Suburban Review amongst… Continue reading

THE TWO ANACHRONISMS: An Ecocritical Response to a Review – by Steve Mentz

by

ECOCRITICISM NOW: The essays, reviews, and poetry collected in this thread trace responses to the interlinked terms nature, ecology, and ecocriticism, all of which have come to occupy increasingly important roles in a… Continue reading

‘CRUDE WORDS’: Creating an anthology of contemporary Venezuelan writing

by

Crude Words: Contemporary Writing from Venezuela, edited by Montague Kobbé, Katie Brown and Tim Girven (Ragpicker Press, 2016) By Katie Brown, with an introduction by Rebecca DeWald “Venezuelan literature?” you say? For many… Continue reading

ONLY CABLE CAR IN IRELAND – A SHORT STORY BY ROB DORAN

by

Harry had come to Ireland. Iris had loved him, married him and left him. It was all over a misunderstanding, but like most misunderstandings it led to greater revelations and an irresolvable rupture,… Continue reading

QUEEN OF HER OWN UNIVERSE: TRACEY HERD’S ‘NOT IN THIS WORLD’

by

Tracey Herd Not in This World (Bloodaxe, 2015) By Jacqueline Thompson On the 10th of June 1987, American actress Elizabeth Hartman threw herself from the window of her fifth floor Pittsburgh apartment. Haunted by… Continue reading

NEW POETRY BY JONATHAN COWARD AND ALEX MCMILLAN

by

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’

by

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

by

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