Five Dials

Number 41

A collection of the best modern Dutch writing out there. Featuring stories and poetry from Nina Polak, Mustafa Stitou, Hanna Bervoets, Niña Weijers and Philip Huff.

Number 40

The 40th issue of Five Dials. The theme: We Had No Say in This.

A Questionnaire

The first Five Dials x WeTransfer interactive reading experience asks: What do you think of music? It’s a questionnaire. Or is it? Could we ask you your opin... Read more

Inside the Hamish Hamilton Archive

Intrigue, adventure, romance, stationery. A film about the Hamish Hamilton archive, featuring Chandler, Sartre, Salinger, Thurber, Orwell and others. Music by Lights of Harmac.

The Freedom Writer

To mark their 80th anniversary, the advocacy group Liberty delved into their sizeable list of contacts and got hold of 79 of the world’s best writers, then aske... Read more

Five People Talking About One Thing

On jokes. Featuring Tom Basden (Fresh Meat, Peep Show), Hephzibah Anderson, David Essig, and a guy eating fermented soy beans. Music by Faunaflage.

Number 39

Deborah Levy on David Bowie, Molly Prentiss makes dinner her ritual, two poems by Sophie Collins, new fiction (set in Toronto) by Jessica Westhead and a dispatch from a bike courier. Plus: smart people.

Number 38

Jason Burke on Islamic militancy, Paul Theroux on Southern literature, Margaret Eby on A Confederacy of Dunces, Paul Murray on Irish finances and also the greatest transgendered surfer of all time.

Number 37

Aislinn Hunter on handwriting, Jack Underwood on poetic intent, Brian Dillon reintroduces Cyril Connolly and Alexander Larman investigates the sexual and sybaritic abandon of Lord Rochester.

Number 36

Roger Deakin follows the swallows, David Quentin throws rocks in the sky and Robert Macfarlane lists glorious natural terms. Plus W.G. Sebald, Jay Griffiths and Rachel Lichtenstein.

Number 35

Outtakes, rough sketches, first ideas, one-offs, research frames, photographs, scraps of dialogue and washes of colour from the making of Richard McGuire's groundbreaking graphic novel, Here.

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