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Claire-Louise Bennett
Claire-Louise Bennett grew up in Wiltshire and studied literature and drama at the University of Roehampton, before settling in Galway. Her short fiction and essays have been published in The Stinging Fly, The Penny Dreadful, The Moth, Colony, The Irish Times, The White Review and gorse. She was awarded the inaugural White Review Short Story Prize in 2013 and has received bursaries from the Arts Council and Galway City Council. Her debut novel, Pondwas published by Fitzcarraldo Editions in 2015 and shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize in 2016. Her second novel, Checkout 19, is published by Jonathan Cape in August 2021.

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The Russian Man

Fiction

Issue No. 27

Claire-Louise Bennett

Fiction

Issue No. 27

Many years ago a large Russian man with the longest tendrils of the softest white hair came to live in the fastest growing town...

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poetry

Issue No. 13

Morning, Noon & Night

Claire-Louise Bennett

poetry

Issue No. 13

Sometimes a banana with coffee is nice. It ought not to be too ripe – in fact there should...

 ‘What’s that buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzing?’ Marshall McLuhan   1: Your Original Is Having A Complete Human Change Meltdown Makeover   It’s difficult to describe Ryan Trecartin’s work without sounding hopelessly overwhelmed I want to say a load of finger-snappy stuff like ‘Imagine if Hieronymus Bosch and Keith Haring got together and made a movie,’ or ‘If Facebook had a nightmare, it would look like this’ I’m even tempted to deploy a heinous journalistic cliché, namely the description of an object, event or experience as ‘like [something familiar] on [some kind of drug]’ If there are drugs involved in the process, they aren’t the chemical variety – not LSD, let’s say, which might seem the obvious choice for such kaleidoscopic filmmaking – but something all-enveloping, a kind of image-rich amphetamine we hardly notice because we live in it, like fish in water   Trecartin is best known as a video artist, although he has worked in sculpture, installation and photography His films, which blend sitcomesque performance art with hypnotically garish digital collages, are confusing in the extreme The first time I saw Popular Sky, for example, it induced the kind of nerve-tingling reaction I’d often read about but rarely experienced The interpretive tools that TV and cinema equip us with are useless here Try to decode a plot from the tempest of signs and signifiers, or attempt to ‘read’ character in any remotely Freudian sense, and you’ll end up with a headache My advice: just roll with it, let the images jitter by, and pay attention to the way your brain responds   Composed using widely available editing software (his first films were edited on iMovie), Trecartin’s films flicker like straight-to-tape renditions of an oversaturated world They star tribes of kids and tricksters whose speech is articulate yet schizophasic, a patois of home-brewed slang, corporate buzzwords and chat-room inanities that blend and stutter like the unmediated mutterings of the digital unconscious These films appear to be about as narrative-led as a computer meltdown, but they are undeniably compelling   The choice of film over painting or installation, say, is apt for someone who grew

Contributor

August 2014

Claire-Louise Bennett

Contributor

August 2014

Claire-Louise Bennett grew up in Wiltshire and studied literature and drama at the University of Roehampton, before settling in...

The Lady of the House

fiction

Issue No. 8

Claire-Louise Bennett

fiction

Issue No. 8

Wow it’s so still. Isn’t it eerie. Oh yes. So calm. Everything’s still. That’s right. Look at the rowers – look at how fast...

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feature

June 2013

Jean Genet in Spain

Juan Goytisolo

TR. Peter Bush

feature

June 2013

‘1932. Spain at the time was over-run with vermin, its beggars. They went from village to village, in Andalusia...

Prize Entry

April 2016

Oh Whistle and

Uschi Gatward

Prize Entry

April 2016

God has very particular political opinions – John le Carré     M is whizzing round the Cheltenham Waitrose,...

feature

October 2014

Noise & Cardboard: Object Collection's Operaticism

Ellery Royston

Object Collection

feature

October 2014

The set is made of painted cardboard. Four performers grab clothes from a large pile and feedback emanates from...

 

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