Michelle Sijia Ma is a visual artist from Shanghai, China, and is based in Massachusetts, US. Michelle has worked to develop image-based projects and used the language of photography to explore the complexity of today’s Chinese identity more subtly. Her photography has been included in publications such as the American Photography Annual Award Book, F-Stop Magazine, Burn Magazine, and others. In her project A Hundred … Continue reading “A Hundred Stories” captured with a flash with Michelle Sijia Ma
Hope everyone is settling into the new year comfortably! We’re back with exciting writing and art. To kick this edition off, we interviewed Michelle Ma, a photographer based in Massachusetts, United States. Her project “A Hundred Stories” is a worthwhile read and readily available on her website!
Once again, we are seeing and hearing from artists across the globe, and it is our greatest pleasure to bring their voices to you here. We hope, as always, that our contributors blow you away with their art and writing. Continue reading Edition 16
Our first edition of the term has finally arrived! Continue reading Edition 15
Cynthia Miller is a Warwick Graduate whose poems have been published in several magazines and journals, and who published Honorifics, her first collection of poetry, this year. It was met with outstanding success — it was awarded an Eric Gregory and is shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. She also co-founded the Verve Poetry Festival in Birmingham, and works with the connected publishing house Verve Poetry Press Continue reading An Interview with Cynthia Miller
When I think about George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-four, the prime image of the novel for me is that of Winston hunched over in a small enclave of his room, frantically scratching out diary entries. He gains two things from writing: Firstly, an escape from his material reality; secondly an ability to record and transcribe truth, rationalise and make evidence of the reality he knows. Is it so different for us in 2019? Continue reading “Writing as Escape”
Writers are creatures of comfort, rituals and rhythms that we are loathe to break. There’s a fair logic behind many of these: getting stuck with writers’ block is a nightmarish hell, akin to having all your sinuses block up simultaneously while also being creatively constipated. These little tricks are our last defence against the dark. Continue reading “Write What You Don’t Know”
Will it be published? Probably not, novellas are often considered too short. Will it make you the next J.K. Rowling or Stephen King? Hard to say, if you’re extremely lucky, then perhaps. Though you might as well start playing the lottery if that’s your goal. What a novella will do is probably give you a sense of accomplishment. And hey, you can still refer to it as a “book”, so what if it’s a small one?
Holly Hopkins is an award winning poet, having won the Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition for her debut collection, Soon Every House will have One, as well as the Eric Gregory Award, and the Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice amongst others.
With the polar vortex in full swing stateside and temperatures in the UK looking not dissimilar to my current bank balance, the release of Caroline Lea’s Icelandic ghost story/murder mystery, The Glass Woman, could not have come at a better time. Continue reading “The Glass Woman – Review”
The division between STEM and Art is often explained by something inherent, something natural, not nurtured. That some people have logical brains that can compute large amounts of data, and some people have artistic brains that output illogical, beautiful creations into the world. Some people are right-handed, some left; some people are scientists, some are artists. That it has nothing to do with want and everything to do with natural talent.
This idea is poisonous, not least in the fact that it grossly oversimplifies the human experience, but also in that it’s so wrong it stops us thriving in our chosen careers. Continue reading “You’re Not A Wizard, Harry: Demystifying Writing”