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It Came from out of the Closet

Andrew McMillan

‘I had to say I was. I had to take the fear I’d held in my stomach for years, and bring it out into the light.’ An essay on anxiety, coming out, and the Goosebumps series.

A Hunger

Fran Lock

Both has a way of being neither.’

An essay by Fran Lock from the anthology Queer Life, Queer Love.

Replace Me

Amber Husain

On neoliberalism’s psychic toll.

Compartment

Ursula Scavenius

‘All I ask is that we arrive.’

A short story translated by Jennifer Russell.

The Blake Fellowship

Timothy Ogene

An excerpt from Seesaw by Timothy Ogene.

Two Poems

Niina Pollari

‘Compassion’ and ‘Urine Season’, two poems by Niina Pollari.

Donut County

Kate Lister Campbell

‘The fertility process is more like gambling than investment.’

Two women meet in an IVF clinic in this short story by Kate Lister Campbell.

Prologue

Eugene Lim

‘What was she ushering in and what was a grand program for which she was simply helpless agent?’

An excerpt from Search History by Eugene Lim.

Notes from an Island

Tove Jansson & Tuulikki Pieitilä

‘When we woke up, the whole ocean was full of broken ice.’

An excerpt from Notes from an Island, with artwork by Tuulikki Pietilä and memoir by Tove Jansson, translated by Thomas Teal.

Naomi

Sarah Hall

‘When I was eight, my mother died and Naomi arrived.’

An excerpt from Burntcoat by Sarah Hall.

A Page Pounded Clean

Kathryn Scanlan

‘There was no shriek, no gore, but the tail – it looked electrically charged.’

A story by Kathryn Scanlan.

A Stiff Flame from the Neck

Kathryn Scanlan

‘I gripped her and struck the wheel on her neck, but I couldn’t get it to spark.’

A story by Kathryn Scanlan.

In Conversation

Sarah Shin & Grace M. Cho

‘I’m drawn to the irrational because it has the potential to radicalise our senses.’

The authors discuss ghosts, transgenerational mourning and communal cooking.