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The Reader Issue 49



Featuring John Burnside, Jackie Kay, John Kinsella, David Constantine, David Fickling


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only £6.95

Contents include:
•    A written recreation of the RISE event, which saw poet and writer, Jackie Kay reading her works to women in HMP Styal
•    Poetry from David Constantine, Matthew Howard and Michael O’Neill
•    New fiction from John Kinsella and Greg Forshaw
•    An interview with publisher David Fickling on the power of books to guide you without programme or instruction.

Issue Highlight:

“I suppose my vision of Africa before this trip was like a ‘please give £2 a month advert’ but it was completely different. I mean, yeah, you can notice the poverty and there is a lot of slum housing and shanty towns, but then you’ll see half of the slum homes painted and looking much fresher and that makes you proud that no matter the people’s situation they’re still proud.”

Read our apprentice, Niall Gibney’s honest and heartfelt account of his visit to South Africa, delivering books to schools with Liverpool Football Club Foundation. Niall talks about how his experience made him think about the quality of life in the UK compared to that of South Africa and how a positive, simple outlook is the true road to happiness.

Bit at the Bottom:

“I discovered that a reader is…a Reader. In looking for people who were reading, I found that they were there as a kind. Books weren’t just an item they had with them. They were indications of a larger relationship that defined them.”

Find out what else photographer, Ourit Ben-Haim discovered whilst creating his photographic series of NYC subway travellers with their books.

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