Featuring Tim Parks, Brian Patten, Gillian Clarke, Stephen Gill, Bernard O'Donoghue, Raymond Tallis
‘You’ll never fly now and I never could’
One of this issue’s highlights is Mark Godfrey’s absorbing short story, The Magpie which revolves around the narrator’s encounterwith a troubled girl who lives across the road from him. This is no ordinary encounter however, as the girl and her situation inspire both anxious and protective feelings in the narrator.
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Check out Editor Angela Macmillan’s recommendations for books about walking, including Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf:
"As Clarissa Dalloway walks through a London park, the narrative moves through the twists and turns of her thoughts and on into different minds, times and memories only tacitly connected. On the surface, Mrs Dalloway is a type: wife to an MP; the perfect hostess getting ready for her party. But through the fluidity of the narration, internal processes open up to allow access to a whole life made up of everyday trivia and weighty significance."