May is a strange month – neither spring nor summer – a time of transitions at the turn of the season. Our image by Berlin based photographer Alice Connew captures that ambivalence perfectly. A shoulder, a quilt. Male or female? Happy or sad? To get up, or stay in bed? At Visual Verse we try to publish images that provoke questions. Who better to lead the site this month than Stella Duffy, a writer who explores every form and every subject, (she’s been nominated for the (once named) Orange Prize and even appeared in The Bill – how many writers can say that?) She’s written crime and literary fiction – perfect for our strange image, which evokes beauty and potential violence in equal measure. This month we also introduce a ‘previously unpublished’ slot, occupied now by Maya Dawson a young writer with a delicate sense of relationships. Vidyan Ravinthiran is a poet and Keasbey Research Fellow at Selwyn College, Cambridge. His first collection, Grun-tu-molani, is out now from Bloodaxe. And Victoria Gosling, who is represented by Rogers Coleridge and White, writes novels and short stories, and is the founder of The Reader Berlin, an author and publishing consultancy. Not too busy then! We hope you enjoy reading, writing and submitting this month. Thanks so much for all the support, Visual Verse is now six months old and we could not be more thrilled by your responses.
Kristen, Preti and Pete