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The Reader Issue 30



Featuring Phill Jupitus, Myra Schneider, Morgan Meis, Matt Simpson, Stephen Sandy


only £6.95


only £6.95

Contents Include:

  • New poetry by Phill Jupitus, Matt Simpson, and Stephen Sandy, plus we publish the first installment of Les Murray’s choice of favourite Australian poets.
  • We print Blake Morrison’s extended essay, originally published in The Guardian, which examines the work of The Reader Organisation and bibliotherapy more generally as a force for change.
  • Morgan Meis takes us back to the beginnings of sea-faring, bridge-building hubris and tackles Melville and Hart Crane on the way.
  • ‘The Poet on her Work’: Myra Schneider talks about her poem ‘Field’ and the way that finding the right form helped let the vibrancy of memory into poetry.
  • Tessa Hadley looks squarely at the difference between stories and reality in her essay ‘Crying at Novels’.
  • The Interview: in a far-ranging discussion The Reader editor Philip Davis and psychoanalyst Adam Phillips thrash out a line between imaginative possibility and responsibility, Bellow and Malamud, inspiration and reality principle. Nothing is decided but all seems clearer.

Issue Highlight:

In this living and writing issue, there are two novelists–Tessa Hadley and Philip Pullman–on what writing and reading the novel means to them. Read some excerpts from Melvyn Bragg’s new novel and have the privilege of being able to see some of his private drafts, showing something of how a novelist does it.

Bit at the Bottom:

From 'Field'

Here, carwhirr is muffled, collies plunge

into jungles of pungent stalks, tortoiseshells
flitter over ragwort. Ragged lines of geese
flap darkly across the setting sun’s fleece,
and utter warnings that day is paling out.

By Myra Schneider

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