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Messages with the Supplicant

Nicolette Polek

‘On Good Friday, the priest in the livestream video stood inside the darkened sanctuary.’

Fiction by Nicolette Polek.


Noel O’Regan

‘The opening day of the tour covered the Iveragh peninsula.’

A story by Noel O’Regan, author of Though the Bodies Fall.


Allen Bratton

‘He is an ancestor, he has had his son, he has lost possession of the world.’

Fiction by Allen Bratton.

I Hear You’re Rich

Diane Williams

“I hear you’re rich. Can you give me some of your money? I hear you’re rich. ”

Fiction by Diane Williams.

Conversations with My Father

Idra Novey

‘I tell my dead father if he gives any more advice that rhymes, I’ll leave this story unfinished.’

Fiction by Idra Novey.

Family Meal

Bryan Washington

‘It’s a paper bag filled with pastries. Chicken turnovers.’

An extract from Family Meal by Bryan Washington.

The Tide

Adèle Rosenfeld

‘In my ears were muted thumps, the drumbeat of my pulse.’

Fiction by Adèle Rosenfeld, translated by Jeffrey Zuckerman.

A Life Where Nothing Happens

Mazen Maarouf

‘His fear was that we would die in front of him and so he thought of us all the time, which is not what he wanted.’

Fiction by Mazen Maarouf.


Nicola Barker

‘Insofar as value for money is relevant to art, that audience – an attentive audience, a great audience – were determined to get it.’

Fiction by Nicola Barker.

Stone Village

Can Xue

‘I knew the stones inside me were the same ones that were outside: they were colluding with each other.’

A story by Can Xue, translated from the Chinese by Karen Gernant and Chen Zeping.


Oksana Vasyakina

‘Into the carrot-coloured bag, alongside my clothes, I put the box with Mama’s urn.’

An excerpt from Oksana Vasyakina’s Wound, translated from the Russian by Elina Alter.

A Simple Blueprint

Marta Orriols

‘We master cartography, yet despite everything, we go back and forth often in our lives, directionless.’

Fiction by Marta Orriols, translated by Samantha Mateo.

There Was a Farmer Had a Dog

Irene Solà

‘A twenty-five-kilo dog is too small to survive in the countryside.’

An extract from Irene Solà’s forthcoming novel, translated by Mara Faye Lethem.

The Tupperware Party

Montserrat Roig

‘We’re going to go crazy today, Merche exclaimed and then let out an electric shriek.’

Fiction by Montserrat Roig, translated by Julia Sanches.