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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...

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...

One of my first actions as a Londoner was to sign on for as many benefits as I could get my hands on In my puerile post-university fantasy, the move to London was one that could be made with consummate ease: a house would be found, and, once inhabited, keys would fit the locks and boilers wouldn’t break Sadly, hazards both unforeseen and ignored at the time of ‘planning’ have wrecked the fantasy   Perhaps the most troubling part of the process has been the search for part-time work in the media and publishing sectors With no internet access in my flat, looking for work is slow The correlative impulse to simply grab my coat and pound the streets with a clutch of CVs is similarly curtailed by the need to sit around the house for large chunks of the working day while I wait for the boiler repair man to turn up with some spare part or other As a result, I’m about to start an almost-full time internship, without any source of income, and a rapidly diminishing pile of savings   The benefits system is plagued by injustices, though I can’t claim to have encountered the most serious of them Nonetheless, the fact that there is no Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA) provision for someone doing over 16 hours a week of voluntary work is symptomatic of this government’s myopia towards the provision of welfare There is no qualitative distinction made between work that is socially useful and work that serves no valuable function to either the individual or society   Internships, payment for which rarely extends beyond basic expenses, are a crucial step on the career ladder for today’s generation They offer vital experience in a professional context, a prerequisite of any job application in our times Sadly, some of the most ethical, social-justice orientated employers operate on a shoestring budget Interns and volunteers are therefore essential to their continued operation People should feel no shame in seeking financial support from the state The economic logic presented by the government’s welfare provision is catch-22: to fulfil personal ambitions you may need to

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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fiction

Issue No. 12

A Samurai Watches the Sun Rise in Acapulco

Álvaro Enrigue

TR. Rahul Bery

fiction

Issue No. 12

To Miquel   I possess my death. She is in my hands and within the spirals of my inner...

Interview

October 2014

Interview with Jem Cohen

Steve Macfarlane

Interview

October 2014

Jem Cohen may be one of the quintessential New York filmmakers of our era. Peerless in his knack for...

Art

July 2015

Michaël Borremans

Ben Eastham

Art

July 2015

Michaël Borremans is among the most important painters at work in the world today. His practice combines a lifetime’s...

 

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