October 2015


In this month’s online issue, the first to be published since the conclusion of our successful fundraising campaign (thank you!) we’re very pleased to bring you a typically diverse collection of fiction, essays, art and interviews, free for your reading pleasure.   As the struggle for Kurdish independence plays out in the shadow of wider regional crises, Alex Christie-Miller reports on the history of a conflict that has come to symbolise the twenty-first century crises of statehood, democracy and cultural diversity.   We’re delighted to publish an interview with acclaimed Mexican novelist Valeria Luiselli, the author of Story of My Teeth the formula for which she has described as ‘Dickens + MP3 ÷ Balzac + JPEG’ and the composer of a ballet libretto, among other things. Here she talks about ghosts, literary readymades and her ignorance of health and balance.   To accompany the next instalment of White Screen – the artist’s film and new writing initiative we’ve undertaken in collaboration with Film and Video Umbrella – we also publish an interview with French artist Marine Hugonnier, touching upon issue of conflict, cartography, surveillance and the way we engage with images today.   Book fetishists will relish Tess Little's true story tracing the mystery of hundreds of missing pages from the British Library’s rare books, the world’s greatest stolen library, and a bibliomaniacal Iranian academic. Thirza Wakefield contributes a piece on the pioneering British film-maker Mark Cousins, and we’re excited to publish a new story emerging writer Julianne Pachico. Robert Herbert McClean, who comes with high recommendation from poets including Sam Riviere and Jack Underwood, contributes two poems.