I Am Lying

That’s why he hesitates. In one study by the Innocence Project, more than 25 per cent of wrongfully convicted people had made a false confession. Image   courtesy of the author. In memory it is…

Any Idiot Can Write a Book

I look up at the director to see if he wants me to start again from the top, but he is whispering something to the microphone girl and doesn’t appear to have noticed. The director…

Discovering Beverley

Why? I have a book he wrote about pacifism, a collection of interviews he did with the bright and the good of the 1930s… all sorts. (In   Merry Hall, he focuses almost entirely on…

Cyclical Wisdom | Discoveries

Pulitzer Prize winner Viet Thanh Nguyen also has reservations, writing of the hostility workshop spaces can generate for people of colour: ‘the writing workshop… Artistic integrity or raging ego? What would happen if men could…

Consolata

My mother whistles a line of ‘Eleanor Rigby’ and looks off into the sunset like a pilgrim contemplating a promised land. The cider is flat, but cool and welcome slipping down my throat. Patsy had…

Poems from Oby, by George MacBeth

London: Secker and Warburg, 1982. There are poems in between these markers that are inspired by nature in life: Snowdrops, The Owl, in a kind of isolation, Five Horse Chestnuts; and death: Lament for a…

Poetry Week on VL

Photograph of Hydrangeas by Book Fox Jackie , taken in 2015. Friday- Moira remembers with fondness the evening she very nearly caused an international incident with The Laird O’ Cockpen. Related Wednesday- Colin takes a…

Calorific

And then I sigh, knowing or hearing that faintest trace of breeze doing the whispering for me, travelling over many hectares along my line of sight from the elevated position I return to. But these…

All That Was Familiar

Tired of Boko Haram attacks, youths of the city took up arms to hunt down the terrorists that had risen from among them. Sa’adatu and her children waiting for food Multiple reports of displaced persons…

Hidden Figures, by Margot Lee Shetterly

The film focuses on character story instead, squeezing the book’s main characters and several institutions into a single timeframe and very little time: the real Dorothy Vaughan took decades to make supervisor, not a few…

Group Post-Imaginary Journeys

Boston’s children’s book The Castle of Yew which I read repeatedly even when I was too old for it. Group Post-Imaginary Journeys Recently, the Foxes were asked a “Let’s Pretend” question; if you were writing…

Other-Dimensional Beings | Discoveries

But since this is Discoveries, here are some things they’ve been up to elsewhere: Claire Vaye Watkins’s feminist challenge to the male canon An interview with ‘other-dimensional being’ Ottessa Moshfegh Esmé Weijun Wang on living…

The Sleeper Awakes by H.G. Wells

And he sleeps and sleeps. There’s a lot of rushing about, with descriptions of the changing landscape he sees. Other bits haven’t quite come true yet – the demolition of all buildings in the countryside;…