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Winter Readings: ‘Tenderness’ by Justine Bothwick

Justine Bothwick reads ‘Tenderness’ from Issue 12 of The Lonely Crowd. Justine Bothwick grew up in Kent and Hampshire, and studied in London. She is a graduate of the Manchester Writing School’s Creative Writing MA programme and has short stories published in Fictive Dream, Virtual Zine, Confingo Magazine, and forthcoming with Nightjar Press. Her work…

Winter Readings: ‘Blackbird’ by Jaki McCarrick

Jaki McCarrick reads ‘Blackbird’ from Issue Eleven of The Lonely Crowd. Jaki McCarrick is an award-winning writer of plays, poetry and fiction. Her play LEOPOLDVILLE won the 2010 Papatango Prize for New Writing, and her most recent play, THE NATURALISTS, premiered in New York to rave reviews: “Best Bet” International Theatre, Theatre is Easy; “Impeccable,…

Winter Readings: ‘The Skink’ by Aoife Casby

‘Because Angela said to you often, ‘My Mam is dead,’ in a way that sounded like she wished your Dad was dead.’ Watch Aoife Casby read an extract from ‘The Skink’, her new short story in Five Years: Issue Twelve of The Lonely Crowd. Aoife Casby lives on the west coast of Ireland where she works as a writer, editor and visual artist.

Issue Twelve Preview: ‘Space is a Doubt’ by Fiona O’Connor

Fiona O’Connor introduces her new short story ‘Space is a Doubt’, featured in ‘Five Years’: Issue Twelve of The Lonely Crowd. The Lonely Crowd · Read by the Author: Introduction to ‘Space Is A Doubt’ by Fiona O’Connor   Fiona O’Connor is a former Hennessy Short Story Award Prize winner. She contributes to The Irish…

‘A Frontal Lobe Love Poem’ Glyn Edwards

In honour of Valentine’s Day, Glyn Edwards reads the beautiful ‘A Frontal Lobe Love Poem’, from Vertebrae.   Find out more about Glyn Edwards and Vertebrae here. Image by Jo Mazelis. Follow Jo on twitter here.

Winter Readings: Three Poems by John Freeman

John Freeman reads his three poems from Issue Eleven of The Lonely Crowd. John Freeman is a prize-winning poet and critic whose work has appeared in magazines and anthologies over several decades. His most recent books are What Possessed Me (Worple Press), and Strata Smith and the Anthropocene (Knives Forks and Spoons Press), both published…

Read by the Author: ‘Messages’ by Meadhbh Ní Eadhra

Meadhbh Ní Eadhra reads an excerpt from ‘Messages’, her short story in Issue Ten. The Lonely Crowd · An Excerpt from ‘Messages’ by Meadhbh Ní Eadhra Meadhbh Ní Eadhra is from Galway in the West of Ireland. She writes in Irish and English and has published three award-winning novels for young people, Rua, Fáinne Fí Fífí and Faye. She won the Moth…

Read by the Author: ‘Soul Transplant’ by Patrick Jones

Patrick Jones reads ‘Soul Transplant’ from Issue Ten.  Patrick Jones’ published work includes The Guerilla Tapestry (1995), The Protest Of Discipline (1996), Detritus (1997), Mute Communion (1997), Commemoration and Amnesia (Big Noise Productions, 1999), Fuse (Parthian Books, 2001), Against (2003), Darkness is where the stars are (Cinnamon Press, 2008), Tongues for a Stammering Time (Anhrefn Records, 2009), The Aspirations of Poverty (Red poets, 2017). © Patrick Jones, 2018. Image © Jo Mazelis, 2018.

Read by the Author: ‘Badgerface’ by Lucie McKnight Hardy

Lucie McKnight Hardy reads an extract from ‘Badgerface’ featured in Issue Ten of The Lonely Crowd.  Lucie McKnight Hardy grew up in West Wales, and is a Welsh speaker. She has various pieces of short fiction published or forthcoming in print and online, and her debut novel, Water Shall Refuse Them, will be published by…

Read by the Author: Two Poems by Tracey Rhys

Tracey Rhys reads her two poems from Issue Ten of The Lonely Crowd. The accompanying sketches are by the artist Pete Fowler. ‘Telling Secrets to the Walls’   I.   In the brickwork we suppose there are memories. Lately, feet stop to observe the fireplace. Lit, it must have been warm in this husk. There must have been…

READ BY THE AUTHOR: ‘Sound of the Riverbed’ by Dan Coxon

Dan Coxon reads ‘Sound of the Riverbed’ from Issue Nine of The Lonely Crowd. Dan Coxon edited the award-winning anthology Being Dad (Best Anthology, Saboteur Awards 2016) and is a Contributing Editor at The Lonely Crowd. His writing has appeared in Salon, Popshot, The Lonely Crowd, Open Pen, Wales Arts Review, Gutter, The Portland Review and Unthology…

Two Poems by Rhea Seren Phillips

The Sea Laughed and the Stomach Blushed is read by Larissa Thompson & Madness by Sammy Pop. These poems by Rhea Seren Phillips are published in Issue Nine of The Lonely Crowd. Rhea Seren Phillips is a Ph.D student at Swansea University. She is studying how Welsh poetic forms and metre could be used to…