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Little Literary: The Pen Is Mightier

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Little Literary: The Pen Is Mightier

Two written formats, both alike in dignity, in fair Bath where we lay our scene. This seemingly ancient grudge lies between the robust and well-loved book and the daintier literary journal. Simply put, they are both bound pages with words written on them, but our perception of them could not be greater and more unfair. One difference is their habitat. When you think of shopping for a book, it may conjure mahogany shelves in a dimly lit library or a cosy bookshop, papery musk thick in the air, or even coffee. It’s a benign, relaxed, softly-lit space where you can...

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Future Fossil Flora

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Future Fossil Flora

On a smooth matt blue cover, a blistering orange bloom curls into view. This is the inaugural issue of Future Fossil Flora, a modern botanical study focusing on a single flower in each edition. The culture of flowers is unrelentingly romantic and the intoxicating poppy, whose head droops as if weighed down by its own connotations, precedes its reputation. Although seemingly conservative, creator Kaley Ross has curated something sublime in its simplicity. With its traditionally formatted text it reads like an academic journal, but the photography and illustration is what sews it together. Its minimalism reflects the unadorned, unpretentious poppy, wreathed...

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The Moth

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The Moth

The Spring instalment of The Moth is here. Not to be confused with the US storytelling platform, this is a mere slip of a magazine costing only £4 but one that’s become invaluable to us because it offers both genuine literary nourishment and the inspiration to publish something yourself.  The Moth is a collection of poetry, short fiction, illustration and interviews published by Rebecca O’Connor (editor) and Will Govan in County Cavan in Ireland since 2010. It’s a beguiling read, fashioned from unsolicited submissions (up to 3000 words, if you’d like to send them something) from known and not well-known practitioners. There’s an...

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