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The Ghosts a Biography Summons: Rider Haggard at Ditchingham House

Hannah Garrard explores the ghosts of Victorian author Sir Rider Haggard – through the traces left by his home at Ditchingham House, Norfolk. Memories lie slumbering within us for...

The Crushed Pineapple

Nova Weetman returns to scenes from her childhood – and instantly regrets it.

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cicada saudade

Words by Izzy Roberts-Orr.

PRISM International: Excerpt from 'This is How I Remember You'

Once a month we’re swapping articles with Canadian literary mag PRISM to share our writers with a wider international audience.


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PRISM International: Al Purdy Versus Earle Birney (Letter Excerpts)

Once a month we're swapping articles with Canadian literary magazine PRISM to share our writers with a wider audience.

A Freelancer's Guide to Europe: London

Online editor Megan Anderson gives up a roof, friends and financial stability to write around Europe.

The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge:

The Bhagavad Gita

It’s all very violent and there are battles and demons, and when I say it like this, it all sounds cool. But I didn’t understand what was happening.

Bitch by Elizabeth Wurtzel

As a treatise on women who defied norms throughout history, Bitch held a lot of promise. But instead it turned into a whirlwind of half-baked theories, personal anecdotes and...