Online Fiction & Poetry

‘Morn’ by John Goodby

At three with the secrets of the world We turn when you come to bed From the well I had not understood The breath you have been working   For hours have come to me after A few lines of a poem blurred Blues and greens just fallen asleep As the space mirrors the universe…

Meaning & Identity Part One – Jo Mazelis

Jo Mazelis guest edits the photography in Issue Seven of The Lonely Crowd. In this first extract from her introduction to the new issue, Mazelis focuses on the work of Maria Guerra and the Guerra family.  The pair of portfolios I’ve chosen as guest editor of this edition of The Lonely Crowd are in some…

Danielle McLaughlin — How I Wrote ‘Primal Cuts’

My protagonist in this story, Maurice, emerged during a Tessa Hadley workshop at the West Cork Literary Festival back in 2012. This isn’t the first time I’ve written about all the trouble he’s caused me. By late 2015 when I wrote ‘Maurice, or Diary of a Short Story’ for the Irish Times Book Club, his…

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 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.

‘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…