Our thirteenth issue, which brings the madmen, the oddballs and the observers into the spotlight to delve into what happens on the fringes of ‘normality’. From a woodland story of a lost boy that the Brothers Grimm would be proud of, to a rallying call for us to listen to the lunatics, to an off-the-grid society at risk of disappearing, to a poem quite simply called ‘The Pervert’ — the Outsider issue is the veritable feast of oddity that it should be.
Our twelfth issue, which flings us into the past, present and future – both real and imagined – to explore our perception and relationship with time. From tales of the future where clocks are obsolete, to spending time with 5,000 year old trees, to the fear of losing precious memories, to time travel caused by sherbet and the story of a man who cannot die; the Time issue is a treasure chest of short stories and poems that take us anywhere apart from here.
Our eleventh issue, which takes us on the journey of a series of journeys. From escaping the rat race to explore the planet, to mapping out our lives in jars of memories, to watching a baby's lungs billow into action for the first time; the Journeys issue features 24 short stories and poems that allow us to travel into the curious minds that stipple today's literary and illustration scene.
Our landmark tenth issue, which leads us into the deepest and darkest depths of the wilderness, exploring the wildness of nature, the wildness of human nature, and everything beyond and inbetween. From the fraught retirement years of a lion tamer, to the blind man who struggled to deal with the miracle of sight, to Dominican ghost stories, dystopian ecopoems, and the tale of the man who claimed he was raised by wolves - the Wild issue is a riotous display of the quality of contemporary writing and illustration.
Our ninth issue, which pays homage to one of the finest facets of humankind - the imagination. From tall tales of market stalls selling ideas, to imagined rooms and lives that gradually become real, to worlds where we find our lost loved ones again; Issue 9 is chock-full of short stories, flash fiction, and poetry that addresses the ethereal, the surreal and the fantastical creations of our minds.
Our eighth issue, freshly relaunched and redesigned to suit its new literary status as The Illustrated Magazine of New Writing. This issue features 27 short stories, poems, and flash fiction pieces, all elegantly compacted into 64 pages of illustrated heroism and centred around the rather befitting theme of 'Birth'. Expect to find literary musings on the birth of nations, transvestites, eternal youth, a life spent in freefall, and how society might operate if we all had transparent foreheads.
Our seventh issue, based on the wonderfully tangled and extensive theme of Power. Expect to find poems about selling the sky, baby dictators, the infamous jumpers of 9/11, and women's connection to the moon. Featuring work from some of the finest contemporary poets and illustrators working today, plus interviews with Ross Sutherland, Clinic, and the co-director of the film We Are Poets, Alex Ramseyer-Bache.
Our sixth issue which tackles one of the dangerous themes in poetry. Expect to find poems about the weight of meaning behind the term 'wife', love as an elderly lesbian, motherhood and the hopeless powerlessness of love after death. Featuring work from some of the finest contemporary poets and illustrators working today, plus interviews with Joe Dunthorne, Salena Godden and Tom Chivers.
Our fifth issue which takes a hide and seek peek into the rose tinted, summer filled hours of our childhood. Expect to find poems about worm eating school children, horror filled sleepovers, school toilet hierarchy and old wives tales. Featuring work from some of the finest contemporary poets and illustrators working today, plus interviews with Polarbear, Peepshow Collective, Murray Lachlan Young and Mr Bingo.
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Our fourth issue which takes an inquisitively analytical step back from the whirlwind world that surrounds us and tries to work out exactly what this modern living nonsense is all about. Expect to find poems on TV culture, living for the weekend, the London underground and how a GPS can steal your husband. With poems, illustrations and interviews from some of the finest contemporary poets and illustrators breathing today.
Our third issue which takes an explorative gulp into the world of liberation and challenges what liberation and freedom really means in the 21st Century. Expect to find poems about taking your clothes off, ejaculation, beating up the Dalai Lama and your grandmother growing her brain. With poems and illustrations from over 50 of the finest contemporary poets and illustrators breathing today.
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Our second issue which looks at the bizarre compulsion as a human race to create splits, divides, factions and in particular - the 'Us & Them' mentality. Expect to find poems about the BNP, the royal family, dreaded job interviews and humans being eventually replaced by robots. With poems and illustrations from over 50 of the finest contemporary poets and illustrators breathing today.
Our naively beautiful first issue which dives head first into the celebration of the everyday and the recognition of those smaller things that can tend to pass us by. Expect to find poems that commemorate the tea mug, identify with the milkman, marvel at a woman called Barbara and sympathise with the feelings of a washing up brush. With poems and illustrations from over 50 of the finest contemporary poets and illustrators breathing today.