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Women Across Borders

Women Across Borders – Irish Writers Centre 7th March 2020 Women Across Borders is the Irish Writers Centre’s International Women’s Day event in conjunction with Women Aloud NI. Although I had been aware of it in previous years, I had not…

Feature | The Self-Conscious Reader

Whenever you read anything, you are made conscious of your class. This is especially true if you have a working-class background. I was struck by this recently while reading Alberto Manguel’s essay collection Into the Looking Glass Wood in…

Behind the Form Rejection

It took me a day to lose my soul. When I started working in publishing – and in particular, looking at unsolicited submissions, what some refer to as ‘the slush pile’ – I was sure I would be a bit of a wimp. I had edited anthologies before,…