Johanna Robinson’s flash fiction, ‘The Composition of Us’, celebrates friendship between women – the joy, tears, late night talks and parties experienced before the pandemic and now in lockdown, online.
Amanda is out for the night with her new school mate, Lea. But when her so-called friends – an assortment of symptoms from her Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) – turn up, she finds it hard to determine who and what is real.
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.
Damian Barr’s moving debut novel, You Will Be Safe Here, follows the stories of two people who lived over one hundred years apart, but whose lives are inexplicably connected through the colonial horrors of the past.
After the mysterious disappearance of a toddler, past events involving siblings Laurel and Primrose resurface. Our arts contributor, Ishita Ranjan, reviews Alice Clark-Platts’ gripping crime thriller, The Flower Girls.