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Leon Craig
Leon Craig’s writing has been published in the TLS, The London Magazine, The Mechanics' Institute Review and elsewhere. She has work forthcoming in Cunning Folk and the anthology Queer Life. Queer Love. Her short story collection, Parallel Hells will be published by Sceptre Books in February 2022.

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Lick the Dust

Fiction

September 2021

Leon Craig

Fiction

September 2021

When you misplace something in the library here, it stays lost for a very long time. The eighteenth-century catalogue that alerted me to the...

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Art Review

April 2019

Oscar Wilde Temple, Studio Voltaire

Leon Craig

Art Review

April 2019

The light is dim, the air richly scented. Little purple tea lights flicker in the votive candle rack and...

Jay Bernard: Whenever I am asked to write about something – usually because I share some social category with the author, rather than an aesthetic or political affinity – I find myself reaching to become something I am not, some kind of singular authority But this novel sparks so many thoughts that I have discussed with you (and others) in different contexts Why not speak to you directly? And then we can put across the flavour of our everyday conversation   Sita Balani: With reviews, there’s an obligation to be clever, to be certain, to gain a kind of mastery over the text Reviewing often feels like being pitted against the author in some way, and that dynamic can be a conservative one Whereas when you and I discuss fiction together – which we do often – we test out ideas, express uncertainty, and think together about what the book does We rarely come to definitive conclusions, because the things we read become folded into our lives, our conversations, our relationships   J: So This is a novel about Hiram, the gifted child of a black slave and a white master, who tries to escape and ends up working with the Underground Railroad I found it difficult to read, because although my family is Caribbean, ultimately I am descended from slaves and this is my history A lot felt familiar about him – yet this familiarity was more a sense of my (our?) overfamiliarity with the US That’s the advantage of being in conversation, I think, to diffract the story through our different experiences, rather than attempt to categorise it   S:  Yes It’s funny, because despite my own personal distance from this story, being British Asian, the territory is still quite familiar As much as it’s a novel about slavery, it’s a novel about America – the most mediated nation on earth – so, in a way, it’s impossible not to come to the story knowing too much We’ve watched the long aftermath of the plantation society play out on our screens through the images of police brutality that circulate globally

Contributor

April 2016

Leon Craig

Contributor

April 2016

Leon Craig’s writing has been published in the TLS, The London Magazine, The Mechanics’ Institute Review and elsewhere. She...

[Getting] Down with Gal Pals

Feature

November 2018

Leon Craig

Feature

November 2018

There’s a moment in Laura Kaye’s underrated novel English Animals when the protagonist Mirka, sitting in the village bar with her married lover, notices...
Mute Canticle

Prize Entry

April 2016

Leon Craig

Prize Entry

April 2016

Giulio the singing fascist came to pick me up from the little airport in his Jeep. He made sure to come round and hold...

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Interview

December 2011

Interview with David Graeber

Ellen Evans & Jon Moses

Interview

December 2011

Six months ago, while preparing to interview David Graeber, I decided to conduct some brief internet research on the...

feature

May 2016

Cinema on the Page

Jonathan Gibbs

feature

May 2016

Film is a bully. It wants to make its viewers feel, and it has the tools to do so....

Interview

May 2017

Interview with Hari Kunzru

Michael Barron

Interview

May 2017

In the summer of 2008, the English novelist Hari Kunzru left London for New York City after accepting a fellowship at...

 

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