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Review | Biba: A Legacy Lost and Found by Deborah Nash


‘As our high streets struggle to survive changing shopping habits, brought by the pandemic, the rising cost of living and online purchasing, perhaps we need to revisit Biba’s spirit of playfulness, optimism and laughter – an opportunity unfortunately missed by this show.’

Deborah Nash on The Biba Story at The Fashion and Textile Museum.

Interview | An Interview with Megan McDowell 


‘At the time that I was reading it and falling in love with it, I wasn’t thinking, “Oh, I want to be a translator.” But that book started my love affair with translated literature as a reader.’

Terry Craven talks to Megan McDowell, one of the judge’s for this year’s Desperate Literature Short Story Prize.

Essay | Giving Up by Christiana Spens


‘All at once, it felt nihilistic and misguided. I had been on this extended fast, but it was devoted to absent men and not any real god. As such, there had been no revelation or resolution, no peace.’

Christiana Spens on Lent.

Fiction | hardened skin by Serena Coady


‘They were lying in his bed, intertwined, when Sylvi ran her fingers along his chest tattoos, and asked how many he had. In return, he asked for her number. But Sylvi didn’t have any tattoos.’

New fiction by Serena Coady.

Interview | Charlotte Hopkins Hall: Forever Entangled in a Causal Loop


‘As an artist, I’m an observer. My role is to alert and call to attention, not write policy. My sensibility is such that I experience the world intensely and recreate it in a visual form. But to try and answer this impossible question, one of such complexity, rooted in history and human avarice, a plan of correction would take time, which we don’t have, and a concerted effort, which we don’t have.’

Charlotte Hopkins Hall on her forthcoming show at Gallery 46.

Fiction | That Time After Dinner by Jago Rackham


‘“It’s your birthday tomorrow,” said my mother. “Did you know the Jesuits say ‘Give me a child before the age of seven and he’ll be mine forever?’” “Who are the Jesuits?” “Priests.” “Oh.” She tousled my hair. “Thank god you’ve met none.”’

New fiction by Jago Rackham.

Poetry | Karma by Jane Zwart


‘Of justices, karma is the most poetic— / a magistrate who makes us wear / our wrongs: albatrosses, ugly charms.’

New poetry by Jane Zwart.

Essay | One Hundred Years of Nijinska


‘Both contemporary pieces seek to build on this revolutionary choreography rather than imitate it perfectly, yet both acknowledge that Nijinska’s work marked key developments in the world of choreography, bridging the gap between one century and the next in the world of classical dance. So how did it come to pass that now she is known primarily as a keeper of her brother’s career?’

Esmee Wright on Bronislava Nijinska.

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