As we’re in the final stages of putting together issue 15, our thoughts are beginning to turn to the launch, which is happening at The Albion Beatnik bookshop in Oxford on February 20th at 6pm.
The photo above summarises the reasons why we have our winter launches at The Albion Beatnik. It’s a wonderfully cozy place to be on a winter’s evening. But on top of the cake and wine and books and good company, you can expect some short readings of fiction and poetry from issue 15 contributors Juana Adcock, Claire Booker, Jude Cook, Stephen Durkan, Claire Dyer, Stephen Hargadon and Barbara Renel.
All are welcome, and as ever the launch is free to attend. Well, we say free, but if you’re anything like us, you won’t leave without accidentally buying a book or two.
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Vaguely literary things we’ve been enjoying
“Just now I’m walking across Europe. It’s the 1930s and I’m in Hungary, in the company of Patrick Leigh Fermor.
“At 18, and after being expelled from school, he decided—as you do—to walk from The Netherlands to Istanbul. Between the Woods and the Water is the second volume in the trilogy begun in A Time of Gifts and concluded in The Broken Road (the latter with the collaboration of Colin Thubron and Artemis Cooper, who completed the book after Leigh Fermor’s death).
“This is wonderfully vivid writing; and he’s describing a continent on the brink of enormous upheaval and permanent change, so it’s of real historical and social interest too. He has a great gift for bringing a description to life and, with recourse to the notebooks he kept on the journey, he animates the text with conversations he had with some of the extraordinary people he met along the way.
“I usually love the translation issues of Poetry magazine, but the March 2012 issue really knocked my socks off. It has some great versions of Gottfried Benn translated by Michael Hofman, an excellent feature on Marina Tsvetaeva, and Geofrrey Brock’s ‘Alteration Finds,’ an experimental translation of three authors writing in three languages. That latter is a strong contender for my favorite poem. I read and reread the issue like a favorite book and can’t recommend it enough. You can buy back copies and the content is free online.” — Matthew
“One of the few literary podcasts I regularly listen to, Far Off Places features readings of quality short stories and poetry alongside news from the Edinburgh-based literary magazine of the same name. It never outstays its welcome.” — Euan
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