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FISSURE by Val Whitlock

Poetry: If you could slit the black, sucked-in skin, / you’d find her there, alone in a chasmic closet.

FUNFAIR by Michael Eades

Creative NonFiction: August, 2020. There’s a funfair on the Common. It is only a small one: a few socially distanced rides huddling well away from one another. But it is definitely there. Its placement has a defensive quality, tucked away at the bottom of the hill down by the High Road, surrounded by a temporary fence.

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FISSURE by Val Whitlock

Poetry: If you could slit the black, sucked-in skin, / you’d find her there, alone in a chasmic closet.

FUNFAIR by Michael Eades

Creative NonFiction: August, 2020. There’s a funfair on the Common. It is only a small one: a few socially distanced rides huddling well away from one another. But it is definitely there. Its placement has a defensive quality, tucked away at the bottom of the hill down by the High Road, surrounded by a temporary fence.

THE JAVELIN by Sam Simmons

Creative NonFiction: Celebration Avenue. Victory Parade. Anthems Way. Olympic Village. Olympic sized shopping centre. Olympic Park. Olympic Javelin throwing you into London in record time. Shaving minutes off your journey. Increasing capacity on the network. Room for more. Squeeze in. Hold on tight.

Julia Roberts by Len Lukowski

Short Fiction: I was sorry for trying to kiss her if it’s not what she wanted. Hey, it’s OK, she replied. It’s just I’ve never been with a woman. I’m not a woman. You know what I mean.

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10 Things…with Tom Benjamin

Feature:Tom Benjamin, whose second Bologna-set novel, The Hunting Season, is due out this May, answers our questions.

SMALL PRESS FOCUS: Live Canon

Poetry Editor Lawrence Illsley interviews Director of Live Canon Dr Helen Eastman and showcases winning poems from the Live Canon Collection Competition

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Author Not Present: The Entertainer

Author Not Present is a podcast in which Louise Hare, Christina Carè, and Peter J Coles critique anonymous submitted pieces. In the sixth episode, Louise, Christina, and Peter discuss ‘The Entertainer’. Listen to find out what they liked and what they thought could be improved as they deal with structure

Podcast: Alice Haworth-Booth and Kate Ellis

In the fourteenth episode of the MIR Podcast, Peter J Coles talks with the winner of the Bricklane Bookshop short story prize, 2020 Alice Haworth-Booth, and the head of the prize, Kate Ellis. They discuss writing climate change and what it takes to run a big prize.     Show Notes: Bricklane Bookshop

Author Not Present: The Woman in the Street

This episode was recorded before the outbreak of the current crisis so we apologise for any inaccuracies! Author Not Present is a podcast in which Louise Hare, Christina Carè, and Peter J Coles critique anonymous submitted pieces. In the third episode, Christina and Peter are joined by author Jarred McGinnis

Author Not Present: Magrit

This episode was recorded before the outbreak of the current crisis so we apologise for any inaccuracies! Author Not Present is a podcast in which Louise Hare, Christina Carè, and Peter J Coles critique anonymous submitted pieces. In the third episode, they discuss ‘Magrit’ – a quirky story of a