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The Forgotten War

Leila Guerriero

Leila Guerriero investigates the collusion that left so many graves unmarked decades after the Falklands War.

The Fire

Tom de Freston

A fire breaks out in Tom de Freston’s painting studio.

Notes on Craft

Preti Taneja

‘Traditional hand-craft becomes literary practice; becomes critical theory.’

Preti Taneja on intertextuality.

Personal Growth

Marina Benjamin

‘Refusal is the last recourse of the powerless.’

Marina Benjamin on her years of not eating, and not growing.

Notes on Craft

Nataliya Deleva

‘I didn’t want to write Arrival from a place of exile or outcast.’ Nataliya Deleva on writing in her adoptive language.

The Trip to Rose Cottage

Cal Flyn

‘People washed up here, and remained.’

Cal Flyn visits the abandoned island of Swona.

Literary Exhibitionism

Nataliya Meshchaninova

‘In my diary I was always sassy, proud, and forbidding.’


Sigrid Rausing

‘I don’t think we have quite processed yet what those months of isolation did to us – a time of fear and daily death tolls and also of unprecedented curtailment of our freedom of movement. But there were consolations.’

Editor Sigrid Rausing introduces the issue.

The Hour of the Wolf

Fatima Bhutto

‘Though I have had dogs all my life, Coco is my first real companion.’

Fatima Bhutto on grief.

In the Heart of the Hall of Mirrors

Chris Dennis

‘If the heart has a great hall then it must also have a dungeon.’

Memoir by Chris Dennis.

Waiting Room

Will Rees

‘A patient must heave their entire body into their mouth.’

Will Rees in search of a diagnosis.

Our Stratford

The Herak Family & Damian Le Bas

‘The Roma understand that a home doesn’t need axles and wheels to be “Gypsy”, and we look for other signs.’

Damian Le Bas introduces photographs taken by the Herak family.

Beirut Fragments, 2021

Charif Majdalani

‘We live with the permanent sense of imminent disaster.’

Charif Majdalani on the situation in Beirut. Translated from the French by Ruth Diver.

She Used to Sing Opera

Imogen Crimp

‘I used to be ashamed of it, though I’m not sure what exactly felt shameful.’

On training to be an opera singer.