‘I hear The Lonely Crowd 13 is on the way. Lucky for me and all lovers of the short story. I will be poring over it as soon as it arrives.’ Nicholas Royle, editor of Best British Short Stories
‘Without a doubt, The Lonely Crowd is the most exciting thing to happen to literature in Wales in a very long time.’ Thomas Morris, author of We Don’t Know What We’re Doing
Issue Thirteen of The Lonely Crowd features the best new writing from the fields of short fiction, poetry and non-fiction. The 250-page volume is edited by Jane Fraser, author of the short story collection, The South Westerlies (‘supremely confident’ – Jon Gower) & the recent novel, Advent (an ‘atmospheric story sustained throughout with a simmering, elegant tension’ – The Irish Times); previous Lonely Crowd contributor, the vital new writer, Catherine Wilkinson (non-fiction); and The Lonely Crowd’s founding editor, Dr. John Lavin (poetry). The book was conceived in the 2021 lockdown and intentionally covers a wide range of themes and experiences, whilst, perhaps inevitably, reflecting some of the shellshock and damage of the 2020 – 21 period. Our first ever non-fiction section seeks solace and inspiration from ‘the Welsh expression milltir sqwâr’; a phrase that ‘denotes the fundamental relationship with your piece of ground and its link with your sense of self’.
Published in June, the book can be pre-ordered by UK customers here, with details for international customers coming soon.
Setting Out My Stall Jane Fraser / O R E O S Tim MacGabhann / Four Poems Lisa Kelly / The Art of Walking Marc Hamer / HUMAN SOUP Madeleine D’Arcy / Three Poems for Kathy Acker Jo Mazelis / An Interview with Cynan Jones Catherine Wilkinson / The Mansion House Elaine Canning / Two Poems Natalie Holborow / The Lapwing Robert Minhinnick / Two Poems Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch / Stone Jesus Michele Smart / Four Poems John Freeman / Wreck Event Claire Carroll / Three Poems Eleanor Hooker / A Conversation with Oma, 1968 Emma Venables /Three Poems Katherine Duffy / Snidge Scrumpin’ Rob Francis / Chestnuts Dave Wakely / Two Poems Jenny Booth / Rathlin Sean Kenny / Two Poems Raine Geoghegan / Easter Livi Michael / Two Poems Cian Ferriter / Death & Love on the Prairie Yannick Pas / unwrapping my teapot Kellan Williams / Lots for Sale Maeve Reilly / On the Edge of Spring Vivien Freeman / Fur-lined Carl Thompson / Three Poems Edward O’Dwyer / An Interview with Horatio Clare Catherine Wilkinson / Two Poems Gavin Goodwin / After Ada Tanya Farrelly / Spielgabe Amy Barnes / Three Poems Kathy Miles / Wolf in the Ultraviolet Carol Farrelly / Two Elegies Nora McGillen