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Blood and Cord brings a multiplicity of voices together to explore and celebrate the diverse experiences of parenthood. From the raw bodily sensations of baby rearing to the immanence of beauty in the everyday, this anthology captures it all, writes Rym Kechacha.
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Rym Kechacha talks with author Siân Hughes about her debut novel, Pearl, the importance of medieval poetry to its themes, motherhood, grief and postpartum depression, and her research and writing process.
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Rym Kechacha talks to author and academic, Davina Quinlivan, about her new creative non fiction work, Shalimar, honouring the stories of her family, connecting with people through literature, writing auto-fiction, and the power of speaking from a place of otherness.
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Chance encounters, random moments, fateful figures spinning a celestial web. These are the images and occurrences that form the life and work of Surrealist artist Remedios Varo and inspire author Rym Kechacha’s own writing, especially her latest novel, To Catch a Moon.
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Moving between the lives of several generations of women in Spain, Elena Medel’s beautifully observed debut novel, The Wonders, examines class and the impact of poverty on family relationships and aspirations.
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Rym Kechacha talks to award-winning short story writer, Leanne Radojkovich, about the importance of Aotearoa New Zealand’s landscape to her fiction, Independent publishers as the future of literature and the need to re-indigenise writing.
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Leanne Radojkovich’s latest collection of fiction, Hailman, is filled with startling images that linger in the mind and encourage you to excavate its mysterious, dream-like prose, writes our contributor Rym Kechacha.
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Rym Kechacha reviews Joseph Andras’ powerful novel, Tomorrow They Won’t Dare To Murder Us, and considers the impact of colonial violence and fights for independence around the world today.
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In this beautiful creative non-fiction piece, ‘Gold Top’, Rym Kechacha uses Remedios Varo’s painting, Celestial Pablum, to explore her own experiences of breastfeeding her baby daughter through the night.
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