‘She has always wanted this: to slip beneath the surface, to dispossess herself.’
An extract from Sara Freeman’s forthcoming novel.
‘The hotel is pink all over, as the bitten inside of her mouth, as her dark father’s radiant bottom lip’.
A story by Vanessa Onwuemezi, from her collection Dark Neighbourhood.
The Repeat Room
‘The place was so squat and pitiless, so endless, repetitive, fluorescent.’
Fiction by Jesse Ball.
A Last Chance in Whitefish
‘The dialogue, of course, is almost entirely invented, though true to the spirit and tone.’
A story by Adam O’Fallon Price.
‘This made me big thirteen, the type to be able to drink mead on Epitaph Day if I wanted.’
A story by Okwiri Oduor.
One Muggy Spring, Thanks, Dot and Secretly Try
Three short stories by Diane Williams.
‘Month after month I ruefully drop the most perfect shade of red down the toilet and flush it away.’
An excerpt from Claire-Louise Bennett’s forthcoming novel.
An As-Yet-Undiscovered Land Mammal
An excerpt from Mariana Leky’s What You Can See From Here.
Guard / Dear Katherine
An excerpt from Akwaeke Emezi’s Dear Senthuran: a Black spirit memoir.
Have You Met Husband?
‘It was new, that heat coming off of him, a person seeing you naked and wanting to see you again, the next day, clothed. It was definitely the beginning of something.’
New fiction from Amy Silverberg.
Ceremony of Innocence
A journalist receives a troubling call about a friend in this excerpt from Madeleine Bunting’s new novel Ceremony of Innocence.
Winner of the Commonwealth Writers Short Story Prize for the Pacific region.