January 20, 2023

Rooster, by Nikzad Nourpanah

Fiction: “One of the guards tried to calm me down. ‘We’re just doing our job, following the rules. The ladies have complained.’ And then he added jokingly, ‘dear engineer, you do know this place is not completely private, it’s ‘privastate’ as we call it…’ and then burst into laughter at their own stupid wordplay, spraying his saliva on my face. Last year, they also harassed me for wearing sandals with no socks.”
January 17, 2023

Poem and Interview: Scarlett Sabet

"What is happening in Iran is heart-breaking, and this poem is testament to that, it is also paying homage to my Father and my Persian heritage, of which I'm so proud."
January 4, 2023

What the wounded heart attempts – review: The Illustrated Woman, by Helen Mort

"I’ll state up front: I love Helen Mort’s poetry. Her writing is taut, lyrical, kind, brave, intelligent, beautiful."
December 23, 2022

Bobby, by Alison Theresa Gibson

Fiction: “Hands clasped at me as I pulled you through the room, and I smiled and greeted and smiled again but I never let go of your hand, do you remember that? I kept you close to me.”
December 22, 2022

The Fish, by Joanna Stubbs – Review

"If Stubbs set out explore how humans have the capacity to worry about ‘big existential events’ when they also face everyday problems, she has succeeded."
December 12, 2022

The Rhythm, by Anu Pohani

Fiction: “I can see your foot, your scuffed cool-kid sneakers, laces undone, next to my seat. You are sitting low in the chair behind me; I can picture you slouching without turning around. ”
December 8, 2022

PJ Harvey Reads Orlam at Conway Hall

Harvey inhabits the farm, then the woods, building the world for the audience as she goes.
December 4, 2022

A Marathon of Russian Roulette, a documentary play by Kateryna Penkova

I left Donetsk when it started there. Escaped with my two children. My ex-husband’s on the other side.
December 4, 2022

Narrating the War, a documentary play by Anastasiia Kosodii

the small village where I spent the months from June to August as a child is now occupied by Russians
December 1, 2022

Grass, by Emma Purshouse

Fiction: “He’s rolling up a ten foot length of astro turf into what looks like a giant sized spliff of fake grass.”
November 24, 2022

I Want To Go Home by Miki Lentin

Fiction: “And as my body lay still, waiting for my heart to be healed, the mist, the lonely shivering feeling of being lost, huddled together, looking for a way out, came to me.”
November 21, 2022

Anatomy of a short struggle, or, An eventful journey by train, by Mark Haw

Fiction: “So this afternoon, this fantastically, impossibly unlikely configuration, will not come again.”
November 17, 2022

Church Valley by Kenn Taylor

Creative Non-fiction: "People have got their corner here, however modest, and they get on with it, despite all that is stacked against them, all that is thrown at them."
November 14, 2022

Davy Jones by Kapu Lewis

Fiction: “A memory. Me, as a child, grease-and-salt-stuffed air. The verdant slime of the sea-weeded shore.”
November 10, 2022

Review: Stitching the Hours With Nothing – Lanyard, by Peter Sansom

Lanyard is a beautiful, sad, lonely gathering of elegies for lost friends, lost landscapes, lost industries, lost communities, and lost possibilities.
November 7, 2022

I Don’t Eat My Friends by Jude Whiley Morton

Fiction: “Went in for our meat license today. Never been so excited. Two years since I last ate meat and I still hate the substitutes.”
November 2, 2022

Off Grid by Deirdre Shanahan

Fiction: “Went in for our meat license today. Never been so excited. Two years since I last ate meat and I still hate the substitutes.”
October 30, 2022

Review: Rising of the Black Sheep

Zahrah Nesbitt-Ahmed reviews Rising of the Black Sheep, by Livia Kojo Alour
October 27, 2022

Interview: Sasha Dovzhyk

MIR interviews Sasha Dovzhyk, from the Ukraine Lab project
October 20, 2022

Interview: Eva Verde

Amy Ridler interviews writer, Eva Verde