Latest articles

‘Lucca’ by Tom Vowler – read by the author

Tom Vowler reads ‘Lucca’ his short story in Issue Six of The Lonely Crowd. Tom Vowler’s first collection, The Method, won the inaugural Scott Prize in 2010, and the Edge Hill Readers’ Prize in 2011. He followed this with two novels – What Lies Within and That Dark Remembered Day – and his work has…

On Writing ‘Magnolias’ – Bethany W. Pope

Every incident in this story was taken from the life of a real woman that I know. Bill is a conglomerate of many different husbands. Millie is a person who has been faceted out of a variety of wives. This is a story that, at its heart, is about the ways in which the flawed concept of indelible hierarchy grinds everyone down. It is an analysis of the destructive nature of the culture that I sprang from. It is also, in a warped way, something of a testament to the power of love.

‘Magnolias’ by Bethany W. Pope – read by the author

Bethany W. Pope reads ‘Magnolias’, her short story featured in Issue Six of The Lonely Crowd. Bethany W. Pope is an award-winning writer. She received her PhD from Aberystwyth University’s Creative Writing program, and her MA from the University of Wales Trinity St David. She has published several collections of poetry: A Radiance (Cultured Llama,…

On Writing ‘Smile Harder’ – Richard Smyth

By ‘voice’, I of course mean vocabulary, syntax, rhythms of speech (Inzamam speaks in Indian-inflected Yorkshire, one of my favourite dialects to listen to) – but I mean a lot more than that, too. A voice is more than the sum of its parts. It’s an expressive force that, as Philip Roth put it, ‘begins at around the back of the knees and reaches well above the head’. In prose fiction, a character’s voice does an awful lot of work; for me, as a writer, the voice isn’t just a way in to a character’s identity – it is their identity.

‘Revisiting The Other’ by Gary Raymond

For Edward Thomas  The earth, on days like these, expands to the foe-less Glistens of the ridge-tips that cut into the painting Of the sergeant stripes. Sun breaks down the meterflow, And the upbreeze from the valley floor is the moment Of our first eye-contact. I, too, see one hundred years Through a mossy spiral…

‘Facing the Reality’ – Susmita Bhattacharya

These were the questions I wanted to explore, and I wanted to walk in Manju’s shoes. It was not difficult for me to do that, as growing up in India, I had seen and faced many situations that required me to take a step back because I was a woman. But I wanted Manju not to be cowed down by what had been engrained into her psyche, but to be forward looking, and accepting changes: be that with her grand-daughter’s situation or her relationship with her son-in-law.

On Writing ‘The Moorhen’ & ‘Badlands’ – Jackie Gorman

I was thrilled to have two of my most recent poems “The Moorhen” and “Badlands” in Issue 6 of The Lonely Crowd. They represent a shift in style and approach for me, driven mostly by changes in my process of writing over the last few years, which was influenced by wonderful and generous advice from two great Irish poets, Noel Monahan and Thomas McCarthy.

Two Poems by Jackie Gorman – read by the author

Jackie Gorman reads ‘The Moorhen’ & ‘Badlands’ from Issue Six of The Lonely Crowd. Jackie Gorman is from Athlone. Her poetry has been published in a number of publications including Poetry Ireland Review, The Honest Ulsterman, The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, The Lonely Crowd and Obsessed With Pipework. Her work has been commended in the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Awards. In 2016, she won the Phizzfest Poetry Award.…

The Art of Creation – Sue Moules

Having filled in a routine form at work the other week I said “but you know I’m a writer. “ “Do you earn a living from it?” “No. I don’t even earn my expenses”. “Then it is a hobby. It doesn’t count.” It has taken me decades to accept that writing poetry will always be…

Blind Dogs – Derwen Morfayel

On Writing ‘Fango in the Mire’ Tegan and Darryl are a young solitary couple who have lost in different aspects a sense of self-esteem. Their story is about responsibility towards loved ones and how it can shape us and limit us. It deals with the roles we adopt, duties we take on and the transformation…

Writing ‘You’re all playing it wrong’ – Anne Griffin

Fostering has had its many headlines in the Irish news, each telling of horrific conditions children have endured over long periods of time. Most recently there has been the case of Grace, a child with disabilities who allegedly suffered various forms of abuse over twenty years in her foster home in County Waterford. And then to our shame came the discovery in a wasteland in Tuam, the bodies of hundreds of infants who had lived in a mother and babies’ home in the 1930s, 40s and 50s. These tragedies move like a dark cloud over us, through us, haunting us, pointing their long accusatory fingers.