Listed as one of Foyles’ Magazines of the Week, I have a short story in Belleville Park Pages No. 10. Pocketsized and Paris-wrought, you can scoop yours up with a bumper wee fold-out work ‘Halves’ by Sophie Haigney for a mere £2. Here are both, modelled first by a good-looking man:
and second by my sister who picked up a copy in situ at Shakespeare & Company bookshop LIKE A CHAMPION.
My short story ‘Scutiform’ is up on the great Visual Verse site, a journal recently launched at the Writing Platform fair and conference 2013. Edited by Preti Taneja and with patrons including Ali Smith, Andrew Motion and Bernadine Evaristo, writers were asked to respond in one hour to a set image: in our case, this photograph of a Galapagos shell by Marc Schlossman.
What I found particularly interesting when reading the submissions were the shared associations that had been clearly ploinked out by the exercise and the image: the word ‘coracle’ and recourse to dictionary definitions are two cases in point. With a roster of different images to come, the journal wants your work too – submit to them here, and read contributions from Nisha Ramayya, Sophie Mayer and others.
Ambit recently relaunched under the directorship of Briony Bax and celebrated its new issue at the University of Notre Dame building in London.
With work by Alan Brownjohn, Jehane Markham and winners of the Joseph Brodsky/Stephen Spender Prize and a front cover by Doug Argue as hot as a thumbed retina on a summer’s day, my short story ‘Spines’ is bundled-up in the prose section. Many thanks to Mike, Gary and Declan and Kate on the editorial team, and to all of Ambit for the sausage rolls.
The piece requires a mirror in order to get a good hold on the text, hence the ladylike poise, props and crossing-of-eyes. ‘Marks the Spot’ was first published in Chemical Imbalances journal, ed. Matt Lomas.
My story ‘Sketch’ crops up in the new, second collection of Annexe’s Introducing series alongside work by poets Dorothy Lehane and Milou Stella. Please do come along and support this great press, with a chance to snaffle both this and the series’ previous pamphlets on October 7th with an event at The Betsey Trotwood for the official launch – free entry, with 7pm start for performances.
‘Sketch’ is reviewed here, by Sabotage.
I have a short piece of prose in The White Review No. 8 alongside poems by John Ashbery and Jack Underwood, new fiction by China Miéville and interviews with Deborah Levy and Sophie Calle as well as critical work by Orlando Reade and Guy Gormley‘s photographs. From flyleaf to footnote, I’ve long been smitten with this journal so I’m a whole brace of unabashed up-thumbs to be appearing on their contents page this quarter.
The White Review is available to buy via their website, or in bookshops listed here.
Curated by Lawrence Lek and The White Review, the recent ‘Pyramid Schemes’ project brought together a collection of texts concerned with real and imaginary buildings; I was among one of the sixty invited artists and writers to submit a 100-word piece for the exhibition, responding to the call-out to ‘explore architectures of their own creation’.
From Lawrence’s site: ‘For one night only, an immersive installation at The White Building in Hackney Wick will shape the collected texts into a panoramic cityscape. Please join us on Thursday 2nd May from 7-10pm to celebrate the spectacle of this fictional city. A limited edition of fold-out artists’ books will be produced to accompany the event’. There was, and there were! The publication is also available online on the dedicated site, and will provide much fun for your scrolling mouse-wheel/trackpad sensibilities.
Also scooped from Lawrence’s site: here’s a nifty, pyramid-studded list of participants whose texts were used, and a selection of images from the night.
Darran Anderson ▲ David Bainbridge ▲ Anna Blair ▲ Jorge Luis Borges ▲ Martin Byrne ▲ Jen Calleja ▲ Steven Chodoriwsky ▲ S.J. Christmass ▲ Calvin Chua ▲ Holly Corfield-Carr ▲ Rishi Dastidar ▲ Adrian Dannatt ▲ Alexandre Dumas et al. ▲ Rachel Falconer ▲ Jon Ferguson ▲ Adam Nathaniel Furman ▲ Niall Gallacher ▲ Patrick Goddard ▲ Oliver Griffin ▲ Evan Harris ▲ Rye Dag Holmboe ▲ John Holten ▲ Matt Hutchinson ▲ Miranda Iossifidis ▲ Daniel Ivec ▲ Claire Jamieson ▲ Verity-Jane Keefe ▲ Clare Kirwan ▲ Miles Klee ▲ Alana Kushnir ▲ Léopold Lambert ▲ Patrick Langley ▲ Lawrence Lek ▲ Bella Marrin ▲ Dorrell Merritt ▲ Thomas More ▲ Amanda Oosthuizen ▲ Daniel Rourke ▲ Andi Schmied ▲ Jack Self ▲ Camila Sotomayor ▲ St. Augustine ▲ Viktor Timofeev ▲ Karen Whiteson ▲ Eley Williams ▲ Nathan Witt ▲ Alan Worn
The exhibition dovetails with Lawrence’s essay ‘Pyramid Schemes: Reading The Shard’, featured in The White Review No. 7 alongside works by Luc Tuymans and John Stezaker.
Annexe Magazine set itself an exercise in curatorial trust with its recent collaborative online project XZ#1. From their guidelines:
The aim is to get inside stories and see how different writing styles can join forces to create something fresh, but recognisable. To do this, we’re taking particular genres/styles/species of fiction and breaking them down, looking under the hood and building them back up in smaller chunks.
Each story gets six writers and each writer gets one section. They are given a bare framework to work on, everything else is up to them, and they aren’t told what the other five writers are coming up with.
The genre was fixed as ‘noir’, three character names were supplied and the word-count was suggested; other than that, all five writers were given free rein. An untethered rein, too – each participant was only provided with the preceding chapter as a basis for their submission. Narrative as sandpit, so it’s interesting that the final piece Singing the Necessaries saw jawlines, bottles, cigarettes and the colour blue garner quite so much shared press.
The illustrations are also very tasty. I recommend popping on some stinking jazz and giving it a quick virtual thumb-through below. With thanks to editor Nick Murray, and the other contributors Ben Gwalchmai, Komal Verma, Akiho Schilz, Jack Swain and John Boursnell.
September saw me scamper in a rather ungainly fashion in many directions, most memorably up here:
But! While I was getting lost and trialling different genres of ‘bedraggled’, two new short stories have appeared online.
‘And Back Again’ has found a place with Exegesis Journal; featuring articles that examine Rumi and Richardson, book reviews and a poetic treatment of the exegetical by Debra San, Issue One can be read on-site or downloaded as a .pdf.
I have been remiss in updating hereabouts – in the meantime, I have succeeded in eating no eels but at least one battered sausage, upgraded my MPhil to PhD status and have done some readings.
But! More excitingly! In March, my short story ‘Moonlighting’ was included in the first issue of new e-journal The South Circular. Alongside work by Adrian Duncan, Shane Hulgraine, Eddie Stack and entirely lovely illustrations by Fuchsia Macaree, it’s a great venture run by excellent people. I was plum chuffed to sit within its pages. With Issue 2 available now for €3, and Issue 3 taking submissions until 16th July, please do give it a look: the Issue containing my story can be accessed by clicking the above image.