Absence Eased

Edward Lee -Absence Eased My daughter lives forty-eight kilometres from me in the house I bought with her mother, the house I still own; the family home, but I have not spent more than thirty minutes in it in over a year. My daughter’s mother, my ex-partner, lives there too. Forty-eight kilometres, not that far. …

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Who Needs Literature

Who Needs Literature?

Who Needs Literature? ‘Literature is for dreamers. Pragmatists don’t need it.’ I was taken aback by this statement made by a digital-age hippie who moves to the tunes of her laptop and breathes through the techie circuitry. However, I couldn’t ignore the argument – literature isn’t a requisite to be competitive or productive in the …

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Sandra Arnold

Dawn trek in the Wahiba Desert- Essay by Sandra Arnold

Sandra Arnold lives in New Zealand. She has a PhD in Creative Writing from Central Queensland University, Australia and has published two novels and one non-fiction book. In 2019 her third novel Ash is forthcoming from Mākaro Press (NZ) and her first flash fiction collection Soul Etchings from Retreat West Books (UK).

Hero’s Welcome

It was the summer of 1990 and we all had new heroes: O’Leary, Bonner and Houghton. Mind you, Houghton had earned himself a head start in Stuttgart two years earlier. For the homecoming, we roped relatives, neighbours or anyone alive and able, to bring us into O’Connell Street to cheer on Jack’s Army. Town was …

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Aspiring to a watery heroism – Essay by Nigel Jarrett

Nigel Jarrett is a former newspaperman and a double prizewinner as a fiction writer: the Rhys Davies Award for short fiction and, in 2016, the inaugural Templar Shorts award. His first story collection, Funderland, published by Parthian, was praised by the Guardian, the Independent, the Times and many others, and was longlisted for the Edge Hill Prize. …

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