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Diary of the Last Man – Robert Minhinnick

Robert Minhinnick discusses his latest work, Diary of the Last Man – a collection that Carol Anne Duffy has described as ‘Bleakly elegiac, environmentally political, vital and visionary… cast[ing] an extraordinary light over our darkening landscapes.’ What’s central in the book is ‘Mouth to Mouth: a Recitation Between Two Rivers’. Seren Books founder, Cary Archard drew attention to…

#DylanDay | ‘The Birthday Walk’ – Glyn Edwards

(In response to Dylan Thomas’ ‘Poem in October’)   The foreshore stirred in October sun Though the harbour was stilled and flooded, the Grist slick, The reedbed listened and understood Jackdaws grieving In the hollow castle, Crows oiling rusted wings, dogs chewing their wet yards. I’d returned to find you on your birthday month But…

Constantinos Andronis – ‘The Dancers’

Issue Six of The Lonely Crowd features a series of new artworks by the Greek artist Constantinos Andronis, entitled The Dancers. Here, Andronis discusses the motivations and impulses behind these artworks.  I was born and raised in Eleusis, Greece. I have studied Philosophy yet art has always evoked a deeply rooted emotional response. As has…

‘And White Horses Danced On The Shore’ – Jennifer Harvey

Jennifer Harvey is a Scottish writer now living in Amsterdam. Her writing has appeared in various publications such as The Guardian, Carve Magazine, Crack The Spine and the 2014 and 2016 National Flash Fiction Day anthologies. Her radio dramas have won prizes and commentadtions from the BBC World Service and she has been twice shorlisted for the Bridport Prize. She is a Senior Advisor and Editor for Mash Stories and a Resident Reader for Carve magazine. You can find her online at

‘Persephone’ – Robert Minhinnick

Robert Minhinnick is a prize-winning poet, novelist, short story writer and essayist. He has won Wales Book of the Year and the Forward Poetry Prize. He has read at literary festivals around the world.

‘The smithereens’ – Nia Davies

Nia Davies is a poet, editor and literary curator based in Wales. Her publications are: Then spree (Salt 2012), Çekoslovakyalılaştıramadıklarımızdanmısınız or Long Words (Hafan/Boiled String, 2016) and All fours will appear from Bloodaxe in 2017. She is also editor of Poetry Wales and has worked on several transcultural literary projects. Her poems have been translated into Arabic, Kurdish, Bangladeshi, Czech, Mandarin, Slovak, Spanish and Turkish.

Two Poems by Ingrid Casey – read by the author

Ingrid Casey reads her Issue Six poems, ‘Milliennials’ & ‘The Gambler Misses His Mother’. Ingrid Casey is a poet, teacher, mother and artist. Her work is informed by art, memory, life in Ireland and the sublime that we find in day to day life. She has developed her craft through having work published in the…

On Writing ‘Joe’ – Jeanette Sheppard

My story ‘Joe’ grew out of a photograph and a question. The image was of a boy and girl holding hands in a meadow. Immediately I thought of them as brother and sister. What caused them to stop holding hands? If there’s a question in my head I believe there’s the chance of a story.…

‘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.