From Fiction

How I Wrote ‘rain-mongrel’ – David Butler

Some years ago, I put together an experimental story entitled ‘Dublin Symphony’. A rather dark urban fantasy, it consisted of four movements: ‘Skin’; ‘rain-mongrel’; ‘Voices’; ‘The Sisters’. Each had its own narrative logic, its own cohesion, its own tempo. The structure, such as it was, was loosely musical, or was intended to be. I was…

How I Wrote ‘Morning Glory’ – Fiona O’Connor

Fiona O’Connor, a former Hennessy Short Story Award Prize winner. Recently shortlisted for a Luke Bitmead Award for her novel, The Group, winner of Galway Rape Crisis Centre/Cuirt Festival Prize 2016, Kilburn Literature Festival Short Story Prize 2015, Shortlisted for Mslexia First Novel Award, 2015, Fish, Ambit, Asham Short Story Awards 2014, Highly Commended in The London Short Story Prize 2014. Regular contributor to The Irish Times Books Section.

How I Wrote ‘Gone’ – James Lawless

James Lawless discusses his short story, ‘Gone’, featured in Issue Seven of The Lonely Crowd. My story ‘Gone’ is about transience, about an old world and a new world, the monochrome and homogenous town of my mother’s generation and the multiethnic, modern metropolis of the present day as captured in the microcosm of a city…

Who I talk about when I talk about Mansfield – Rachel J. Fenton

Rachel J. Fenton discusses her short story ‘Katherine Mansfield’s Sheets’ – featured in Issue Seven of The Lonely Crowd. The title of my Story “Katherine Mansfield’s Sheets” makes bold its reference to the most revered of New Zealand’s short story writers. The style, too, though my own, conveys something of Mansfield’s. But it wasn’t until…

How I Wrote ‘Nowadays’ – Durre Shahwar

‘Nowadays’ was written after the European referendum, the result of which, left most of us shocked, to say the least. Suddenly the questions of national identity, belonging and home were the forefront of every conversation more so than before. I had always felt a sense of belonging in Wales, and in many ways, I still…

Introduction to Issue Seven – Valerie Sirr

Valerie Sirr is the Guest Editor of Fiction in Issue Seven of The Lonely Crowd. In my submission call for short fiction I asked for stories that are ‘instinctive, grown and shaped through an intense focus of perception and language’. The writers included here demonstrate those qualities of a close attentiveness to experience and a…

On ‘The One That Feels Good’ – Sean Tanner

There is nothing quite like being asked about your writing to make a writer feel quite so writerly. Which is funny, because the last time I was asked, the best I could manage was a string of artful ‘ahhhs,’ ‘ehhhs’ and, of course, the informative ‘ummms.’ You’d think, given the amount of time I spend…

‘Thank Me Any Day’ – Douglas W. Milliken

Douglas W. Milliken reads his story ‘Thank Me Any Day’, accompanied by a short film. The story is featured in Issue Seven of The Lonely Crowd. Douglas W. Milliken is the author of the novel To Sleep as Animals and several chapbooks, most recently the collection Cream River and the forthcoming pocket-sized edition One Thousand…

The Foul Rag and Bone Shop – Brian Kirk

On Writing ‘The Invitation’ (from Issue Seven of The Lonely Crowd). Dating back to Aristotle’s Poetics, right up to Robert McKee, people have picked apart the bones of what makes a great story. Still, it’s no surprise to anyone who tries to write that Flannery O’Connor, one of the masters of the short story form,…

READ BY THE AUTHOR: ‘Good People’ by Valerie O’Riordan

Valerie O’Riordan reads her story ‘Good People’ from Issue 7 of The Lonely Crowd. Valerie O’Riordan received her PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Manchester in 2016. She is a former editor of The Manchester Review, and current editor at The Forge Literary Magazine. Her work has won and been shortlisted for various…

‘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 http://www.jenharvey.net

‘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.

‘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…

‘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,…