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Books and music: name a more iconic duo. Some book lovers like to read with peaceful piano melodies in the background, while others make playlists based on the songs that feature in their favourite novels. Writers are often inspired by the music they listen to as they type away at their work in progress. But as well as readers and writ

Our short story of the week is a story about motherhood by Makenzie Marshall. Makenzie Marshall was born and raised in a small town in Missouri and since meeting her Welsh husband has spent her time stretched between Britain and the US. The couple moved to Ireland for a year in 2017–2018, where Makenzie wrote Nothing Grows From Pome

Our short story of the week is a story about a breakup by Matthew John Fletcher. Matthew John Fletcher is a British writer, currently working on his first novel. His short fiction has been published in STORGY, Horla, The Fiction Pool and The First Line. As an undergraduate he studied English and German Literature, but has tried not to

Our short story of the week is a story about Ancient Egypt by Srijani Ganguly. Srijani Ganguly has just finished her Masters in Creative Writing at the University of Limerick in Ireland. She has six years of experience as a journalist in India, as well as a BA in Geography and an MA in English. She started writing (mainly poems) when s

Our short story of the week is a story about connections by Sian Taylor. Sian Taylor lives in New Zealand and is a former journalist. She now works for a government department. She has had flash fiction published in the Top of the Morning Book of Incredibly Short Stories, Flash Frontier and Toasted Cheese. She was placed third in

Our short story of the week is a story about a bartender by Phoebe Smith. Phoebe Smith was born in Sacramento, California. She studied writing at Humboldt State University and subsequently lived in Bulgaria and Germany as an au pair for several years, before returning to California and diving into a career. She currently lives in a sma

Our short story of the week is a story about social justice by Mir-Yashar Seyedbagheri. Mir-Yashar Seyedbagheri is a graduate of Colorado State University’s MFA programme in fiction. A recipient of two honourable mentions from Glimmer Train, his flash piece ‘Strangers’ was also nominated for The Best Small Fictions. Mir-Yashar’

Our short story of the week is a story about online dating by Fiona Cassim. Fiona Cassim lives in the hills of Wicklow, Ireland. She has an MA in English Literature from University College Dublin. She contributes to the Irish Times and the Irish Independent. As well as writing, she enjoys reading, eating, and cuddles with her husband B