Mercè Rodoreda’s Death in Spring

In some societies, language is a way to restrain experience, take it down to a level where it might stay. It is neither ornament nor exaltation; it is firm and austere in its purpose. It is thus a form of calm, modest knowledge or maybe even evasion.

Undisclosed Nights and Days

"The woman occupied a one-room dwelling at the very end of an alley, where the sunlight never quite reached."


"Rebecca spots Elizabeth’s name on the corner of a church pew. She is startled, yes, but not surprised."

On Meatless Days

Kamila Shamsie in celebration of an overlooked gem – a memoir about what people do to our lives by being in them, and by ceasing to be in them.

Contest Winner

The Commission Commission for a short story, 300 – 400 words, an interior monologue, from the point of view of Ivanka Trump, as she attends a meeting with her ... Read more

Angela Carter’s Nights at the Circus

‘… all unwilled by me, uncalled for, involuntarily, suddenly there broke forth my peculiar inheritance – these wings of mine! Still adolescent, as yet … and moist, sticky, like freshly unfurled foliage on an April tree. But, all the same, wings.’ Th... Read more

Here Comes Trouble

Here Comes Trouble charts the collapse of a fictitious country, as witnessed by a seventeen-year-old boy, Ellis. In this excerpt, set during the celebrations of... Read more