Rules for Crafting Fiction

Brevity is the soul of wit.William Shakespeare Crafting a compelling story, be it a novel, short story, or flash fiction, takes discipline. Great writing isn’t so much about impressing the reader with wit or clever description as brutalising your raw prose until the final product is taut and powerful – until each word becomes a... Continue Reading →

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Q/A with Writer-Scholar Simon Lee-Price

Simon Lee-Price returns to answer our questions about his academic research, writerly inspirations, and the role that philosophy plays in literature. How do Romantics like Lord Byron inform the trope of the suffering writer? Moreover, what can we learn from Henry Miller about writing? And how does habitual creativity inspire writers and artists to carry... Continue Reading →

Flash Fiction: ‘Leaving Boston’ by Shane Fitzpatrick

Shane Fitzpatrick lives in Swords, County Dublin, with his wife Michelle and their six-year-old son Harry. Shane works for Aer Lingus as a flight steward, and enjoys writing, running, fine wines, and being outdoors. He dreams of moving to West Clare to write full-time, but his son's future comes first. Follow Shane on Twitter: @sfitzyfly... Continue Reading →

Poetry Excerpts: ‘Waif of Dover’ by Aria Ligi 2/2

Aria Ligi is Senior Poetry Editor at October Hill Magazine. In her writing, she skillfully draws out many pertinent themes from William and Dorothy Wordsworth's original poems, such as the oppression of women and destruction of the natural world. Her work has been published in numerous magazines, chapbooks, and anthologies, including Light Magazine, October Hill Magazine, The Australian Times and the Vermillion Literary Project.... Continue Reading →

Poetry Excerpts: ‘Waif of Dover’ by Aria Ligi 1/2

Aria Ligi is Senior Poetry Editor at October Hill Magazine. Her lyrical yet modern poetry re-imagines the figure and work of William Wordsworth. In her writing, Ligi artfully draws out many interesting, ever-pertinent themes, particularly the oppression of women and destruction of the natural world. Her work has been published in numerous magazines, chapbooks, and anthologies including Light Magazine, October Hill Magazine, The... Continue Reading →

David Ogilvy: Puerto Rico, Good Luck Margarine, and Dove Soap

After sundown, I drink nothing but Puerto Rico rum and Schweppes.David Ogilvy David Ogilvy believed in his clients' products and potential. If a client refused to meet his demands, he'd cut ties and show them the door, but he took great care of the clients that he didn't send packing. In many cases, he crafted... Continue Reading →

Flash Fiction: Two Stories by Hannah Stevens

Dr Hannah Stevens is a queer freelance writer. 'In Their Absence,' her collection of short stories about missing people and broken lives, will be published in 2020. Her work has been widely anthologised and featured in numerous literary journals. She currently co-directs Wind&Bones, a company exploring the crossing-places of creativity, writing and social justice. Originally... Continue Reading →

Poetry Excerpts: ‘Hymn to Equity’ by Aria Ligi 2/2

Aria Ligi is Senior Poetry Editor at October Hill Magazine. Hymn to Equity is a lyrical yet modern collection that re-imagines Wordsworth in new contexts. Ligi skillfully explores many pertinent themes in her writing, particularly the oppression of women and destruction of the natural world. Read the previous excerpts from Hymn to Equity here. Her work has been published... Continue Reading →

Poetry Excerpts: ‘Hymn to Equity’ by Aria Ligi 1/2

Aria Ligi is Senior Poetry Editor at October Hill Magazine. Her work has been published in numerous magazines, chapbooks, and anthologies including Light Magazine, October Hill Magazine, The Australian Times and the Vermillion Literary Project. Enjoy the following five poems from Hymn to Equity, a lyrical yet modern collection that re-imagines Wordsworth in new contexts. In her writing, Ligi artfully... Continue Reading →

‘A Writer’s Work is Never Done’ by Simon Lee-Price

Simon Lee-Price hails from Liverpool and lives and writes in the UK. His short stories and non-fiction have appeared in numerous literary journals, including Prole, Prose and Poetry, Interpreter’s House, The Caribbean Writer, and in several horror and speculative fiction anthologies. He tweets from time to time: @SimonLeePrice. A Writer’s Work is Never Done By... Continue Reading →

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