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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.

Three Poems by Mari Ellis Dunning – read by the author

Mari Ellis Dunning reads her three poems from Issue Six of The Lonely Crowd.   A mind; shifting    Reaching   Oystermouth   Mari Ellis Dunning is a Welsh writer of poetry, short stories, children’s books and novels. She has work published in various publications, including the New Welsh Review, Female First Magazine, Parthian’s Cheval…

On Writing ‘Flood’ – Paul Davenport-Randell

Where does a story come from? Where does any piece of fiction—especially, perhaps, a short piece of fiction—come from? How does it emerge? Analogous to the sculptures that live, according to Michelangelo, inside every block and need only be revealed, do stories similarly pre-exist the page, laying in suspended animation until its author gives birth…

‘A sense of identity’ – John Saul

On writing ‘Bánh ga to’ from Issue Six of The Lonely Crowd. While death, violence, sex and Nazi Germany continue to head the list of themes making satisfying reads for many readers—and many authors—it’s good to know that fiction can take up a very different subject and still find readers. If Bánh ga to has…

‘Girlgrief’ by Nuala O’Connor – read by the author

Nuala O’Connor reads her short story, ‘Girlgrief’, taken from Issue Six of The Lonely Crowd. Nuala O’Connor aka Nuala Ní Chonchúir was born in Dublin, she lives in Galway. Her most recent novel Miss Emily is about the poet Emily Dickinson and her Irish maid. It was shortlisted for Eason Novel of the Year at…

On Writing ‘Gardening With Deer’ – Kathy Miles

Gardening With Deer is my third poetry collection, and I was delighted to learn that three of the poems from it – ‘Red Kite’, ‘Veteran’ and ‘Vanishing Point’- were to be featured in The Lonely Crowd. Whilst in one sense Gardening With Deer is simply a compilation of the poems I have been working on…

Writing ‘Cat in a Bag’ – Tony Bianchi

I spent my infant years in a police house: one of two at the end of our street in North Shields. That’s what everyone called them – ‘police houses’ – so we followed suit, content to be set apart. It seemed only right and proper. After all, we couldn’t boast the stylish bay windows of…

Author’s Notes – Mari Ellis Dunning

The three poems included in Issue 6 of The Lonely Crowd are fairly recent pieces plucked from my collection-in-process, which currently includes poems addressing topics ranging from personal issues to mental health, landscape and iconic figures. Generally speaking, my poetry tends to be very personal. The most relatable of the three poems included in Issue…

Birds. Light. Water. Sky. – Iain Robinson

On Writing ‘Dazzle’ As is so often the case when I start out towards a story, I began ‘Dazzle’ not with a study of character, or of an event, but with a strong desire to write about a place. I had, throughout the late winter and early spring of 2015, been exploring the North Norfolk…