Melissa Edmundson’s short story collection, Women’s Weird, is full of literary greats such as Edith Wharton, May Sinclair and Edith Nesbit. Their stories are packed with ghosts, ghouls and weird occurrences, but, says Gabriela Frost, the most chilling aspect is the social treatment of women.
In her essay, Alice Hill-Woods discusses the positioning of self in the spaces and places of Ann Quin’s short story, ‘Eyes that Watch Behind the Wind’, which is part of her recently published collection, The Unmapped Country: Stories and Fragments.
Laura Hackett talks to acclaimed writer Sinéad Gleeson about uplifting the literary voices and stories of Irish women, art as a means to communicate pain and the role of storytelling during 2018’s historic referendum.
Having killed her previous boyfriends as acts of ‘self defence’, will Ayoola’s fourth suitor live to tell the tale? Oyinkan Braithwaite’s Women’s and Booker Prize long listed novel, My Sister, the Serial Killer, makes for fiendishly wicked reading, says our contributor Carla Plieth.
For women in Northern Ireland and a post-Repeal Republic telling stories which speak from the body and its traumas remains a powerful tool, argues Laura Hackett when considering the work of Sally Rooney, Lucy Caldwell, Sinéad Gleeson and others.
Victoria Smith is captivated by Lanny, Max Porter’s long listed Booker Prize novel about the disappearance of a little boy from an English village. Here, Smith reviews the novel against Porter’s 2015 debut, Grief is the Thing with Feathers.
Joanne Ramos’ ambitious debut novel, The Farm, questions the ethics of surrogacy and charts the lives of four women who become involved in a spa-like fertility facility in a bid to have a more secure, comfortable life.
Longlisted for the Women’s Prize 2019, Melissa Broder’s The Pisces is a modern day fable about a woman who falls in love with a merman. Victoria Smith reviews Broder’s debut novel alongside her earlier poetry and essays, Last Sext and So Sad Today.
Talks featuring Kerry Hudson, Anita Sethi, Natasha Carthew, Julia Bueno, Sali Hughes, Lynn Enright and many more were some of the highlights at this year’s Stoke Newington Literary Festival. Victoria Smith writes about the panels and which books are a must for your 2019 summer reading list.