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‘Witty, anarchic and sexually frank’: Ali Smith on Nell Dunn’s Talking to Women

Talking to Women was the book Nell Dunn published between Up the Junction (1963) and Poor Cow (1967). Like them, it was unprecedented for its era, and era-forming. In it Dunn idiomatically transcribes nine informal interviews she recorded with young women she happened to be around in the year 1964, friends across the class system, from factory worker Kathy Collier to socialite heiress Suna Portman, with a particular eye to women marking themselves out creatively, against the odds....


Welcome Spiral House Editions!

Spiral House is Silver Press’s new 2024 imprint, and a home for books exploring art, poetry, transformation and ways of knowing.

It launches with four titles acquired from Ignota, books you know and love with fresh cover art and – in the case of Spells – new material!

We're celebrating a Spiral House Solstice with a special online discount on 20 and 21 June 2024: when...


Read m. nourbeSe philip in conversation with Momtaza Mehri for Granta

Read m. nourbeSe philip in conversation with Momtaza Mehri for Granta

Granta Magazine online has just published this phenomenal conversation between Momtaza Mehri and m nourbeSe philip, reflecting on writing, editing and performing Zong!:
nourbeSe philip: "Zong! by m nourbeSe philip, as told to the author by Setaey Adamu Boateng. Yes? So, as you mentioned, with this white male voice, I turn that trope on its head. It’s the ancestor who is now telling the story, and some of it is told to her by the white man. She filters the story now, which is a reversal of what traditionally happened where it’s...


Work and Revolt – Edna Bonhomme Interviews Sarah Jaffe

 

Edna Bonhomme: In your book, Work Won’t Love You Back, you provide an excellent critique of capitalism but also have us think actively about what the world of work means in the contemporary age. In this generation, we’re often told that we must love our work, especially if it’s in a creative field like writing. And yet, the reality of what that labour might...


On Ugliness: Edna Bonhomme Interviews Moshtari Hilal

 

When I spoke with Moshtari Hilal during the early autumn, we discussed the publication of her new book, Hässlichkeit (Ugliness), and what inspired her to compose the text. Not only was she looking at the lives of others, but at how she saw herself in the world. Her tools were visual and literary, historical and personal. During the interview, we spoke about her theoretical inspirations and the power...