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

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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

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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’

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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

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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’

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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

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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

SPECIMENS – A SHORT STORY BY SALLY ROBERTS

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A young librarian – shall we say around thirty-two? – wore the same clothes every single day. Thick grey trousers, which were perhaps intended to sit directly on the waist but instead lingered… Continue reading

NEW POETRY BY STEPHEN KEELER

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STEPHEN KEELER won the first Highland Literary Salon Poetry Competition (judged by John Glenday) and received a Scottish Book Trust New Writing Award in 2014/15. His poems have been published in Northwords Now and… Continue reading

JUAN PABLO VILLALOBOS’ TRAGIC SURREALISM: ‘I’ll Sell You a Dog’

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Juan Pablo Villalobos, I’ll Sell You a Dog, translated by Rosalind Harvey (And Other Stories, 2016) By Ailsa Peate Mexico has recently been in the spotlight internationally thanks, mainly, to celebrities – in a… Continue reading

MY LOVING BLOOD – A SHORT STORY BY JUDY UPTON

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If Mum knew that I was here she would kill me. Eighteen years on from the day when Stork Incorp debited the final instalment of my conception fee from her gold account, I… Continue reading