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Poesis Ex Machina: Non-Human Language and Mechanic Poetry

Does this poem feel like it was written by a human or a computer?

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...

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Stories and Poems:

Still Life in September, Two Years On

Spoken word by Fury, with animation by Maeve Baker.

Glorious Kingdom

He’s waiting for me. He’s just sitting there, in his car in the parking lot outside the store, biding his time.

On Writing:

Editing from the Country

With editors scattered across the country like a rather wild connect-the-dot drawing, the production of Going Down Swinging No. 35 has proved a unique one. Co-editor Rhys Tate gives...

Mental Health and Memoir

The challenges of mixing memories with mental health. By Katerina Bryant.

The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge:

Charlotte's Web by E. B. White

This is such a pleasant book. Set on a farm in a quaint country town, it perfectly combined my love of Babe and Gilmore Girls and county fairs.

The Collected Stories by Eudora Welty

“Patrick Lenton and Rory Gilmore can go straight to hell”