Literature

‘at the rivers edge’

Since 1977, Billy Childish has released over 150 independent LPs, published five novels and over 45 collections of poetry. He considers his “main job” to be painting. He has contributed this poem to issue 2 of the zine version of River’s Edge.     moist eyed of love i held your trembling hand in...
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Punching beyond its weight

~ The ‘little magazine’ has been at the heart of literary innovation for centuries.   The literary impresario Michael Horovitz was more or less an underground figure who organised huge literary events, or “happenings”, as they were then called, in the 1960s. His literary publication, New Departures, had been established by Horovitz in order...
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‘The Entertainer’

 ~ Nicola Probert is an artist and film maker. This short story is taken from 17.17, a collection of writing and imagery by Nicola, planned for publication later this year   I walked down into the room and it was crowded. There were already too many people, jammed into this underground room. There were...
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Chas and dames

Chas and dames

~ Why are women fascinated by Charles Bukowski? Surely he is just as dull as the sexist drunk they find themselves chatted up by a gazillion times in bars? Or is he?    A pockmarked, weathered, walrus who drank to delete the pain, and then drank more because he didn’t know any different, his...
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The blooming of ‘Mrs Dalloway’

  Virginia Woolf had a love/hate relationship with James Joyce’s Ulysses.   If you read Virginia Woolf’s diaries, and indeed her letters, on the subject of James Joyce’s Ulysses, you would think that she despised the great man’s exercise in early modernist experimental giganticism. But look a little deeper and the story becomes more...
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