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#Litmags

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We’re back to work after a glorious Easter weekend spent reading, reading and reading some more. Having reignited our flame with all things literary, we feel like sharing some of our favourite and incredibly well curated litmags with you.

These journals and magazines constantly commission brilliantly innovative and fresh new writing in all its forms- from poetry and fiction to non-fiction and reviews. We’re always in awe of the amount of work that goes in to each edition, from the design, to the cover to the content itself. This is even more impressive given that most of these journals rely and survive on subscriptions and donations in an age where content is expected for free.

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Visual Verse: April Edition

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Easter falls early this year, just in time for the launch of April’s Visual Verse. Whether you go all out for the traditional post-lent roast lamb or keep it low key with take-away, Easter is a time to gather, relax and feast with family and friends. In keeping with this, our April edition of Visual Verse is an homage to the art of eating and the rituals that come with it. With family in mind, we want to share and celebrate our April editions with our Visual Verse kin. Without the inspired, instinctive words of all our writers, we would have nothing to publish. So, dear writers, this very special edition of Visual Verse is dedicated to you.

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2015 in covers. Our favourites so far.

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There has been a lot of book release talk over the past few weeks, from the announcement of the publication Harper Lee’s prequel to To Kill A Mockingbird and Kazuo Ishiguro’s return to the literary world after a 10 year hiatus with the fantasy The Buried Giant (an event fittingly marked with another lovely Peter Mendelsund cover pictured above). We thought we’d get involved by judging the 2015 book releases solely by their covers. So below, have a look at some of the covers and trends that have caught our eye. Read More

10 Authors Who Really Get Twitter

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Twitter can be an intimidating place. Anyone can set up an account and retweet interesting Tweets and share articles, but who among us is actually creating original and inspiring content? We found 10 writers who are nailing Twitter at the moment.

Their secret? These writers mix up their posts: there’s original content and retweeting, philosophical meanderings, inspirational words, following a cause, shouting out to their mates (promoting) and themselves (self-promotion), photos and videos. But most importantly perhaps, they remain engaged and post regularly.

Perfect Twitter principles for any aspiring author – here’s the lineup of our dream Twitter Author Team. Follow, read and learn: Read More

Reading Inspiration: Women in Letters

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It’s International Women’s Day this Sunday 8th March – a day that has been observed since in the early 1900’s. Back then, great expansion and turbulence in the industrialised world resulted in their societies turned upside down. Radical ideologies – including the exceptionally radical idea that women have a right to be heard – began to take root.

Now, International Women’s Day is held across the world. With a focus this year on “Make it Happen”, the goals of IWD are all about ensuring women get equal representation and recognition. And we always feel like all good writing deserves ongoing champions. So, inspired by the “Make it Happen” line, we’ve come up with a little side project we’ve started work on: Women in Letters.

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Introducing – The Family Project

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New Guardian-Faber book, The Family Project, is part memoir, part scrapbook, part game – a shell filled with ideas, projects and exercises that help you discover your family in all its idiosyncratic, personal glory.

A little while ago, a husband and wife journalist duo sat down to create a book that celebrated the idea of family. Harriet Green – who runs the Guardian’s Family section – and John-Paul Flintoff – who worked at the Sunday Times and Financial Times are the brains behind Guardian-Faber’s newest title.

This isn’t a typical book, and nor was this a typical brief. The Family Project comprises a series of exercises that allow you to create a scrapbook-style journal of your family history. Much like Keri Smith’s Wreck This Journal or Quentin Blake’s Drawing for the Artistically Undiscovered, this is the kind of interactive book that relies on the creativity of the reader. Each exercise is just the beginning, waiting to be finished, and for those who know our work at Curved House Kids, you’ll understand exactly why we fell in love with the book from the beginning.

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Visual Verse March Edition is here!

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Volume 2, Chapter 5 of Visual Verse is now open for submissions at www.visualverse.org.

This month’s visual prompt is from British artist Dominic Goodman. Goodman is a fine art graduate from Central Saint Martins and works in a variety of media covering photography, film, music and art. His photography often focuses on unoccupied spaces, raising questions over events that may have occurred or perhaps will occur outside of the confines of the image. Perfect for you, dear writers. Dominic also co-runs labels YYAA Recordings and Hallso.

In honour of the infamous St Patrick, celebrated on March 17th, we dedicate this issue to Ireland and its enticing list of extraordinary emerging writers. Our lead author, Sara Baume, is arguably one of Ireland’s brightest literary stars, having won the Davy Byrnes Short Story Award in 2014 and named Hennessy New Irish Writer of 2015. She has recently released her debut novel Spill Simmer Falter Wither with Tramp Press. 

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