An Interview with Ryan Dennis, Author of ‘The Beasts They Turned Away’

(published 22/03/2021) Ryan Dennis is a former Fulbright Scholar in Creative writing, and has taught at several universities. He recently completed a PhD at the National University of Ireland, Galway. His work has been published in a number of journals, including the Cimarron Review, The Threepenny Review, and Fusion. He is also a syndicated columnistContinue reading “An Interview with Ryan Dennis, Author of ‘The Beasts They Turned Away’”

Review: The Beasts They Turned Away by Ryan Dennis

(published 15/03/2021) The old man and the young boy, struggling to make their way through an unforgiving environment. It’s a story you’ve heard before, likely read and enjoyed before, but in Ryan Dennis’s debut, The Beasts They Turned Away, everything familiar is made eerily different. [Read in full on Bandit Fiction]

Review: Ogadinma Or, Everything Will Be All Right by Ukamaka Olisakwe

(published 18/01/2021) There’s something unnerving about historical fiction that feels like it could have played out just the same today. Though set in a tumultuous Nigeria in the 1980s, Ogadinma’s themes are sadly, infuriatingly, entirely too relevant today. After a rape turns into an unwanted pregnancy, which in turn is resolved with a dangerous andContinue reading “Review: Ogadinma Or, Everything Will Be All Right by Ukamaka Olisakwe”

Write What You Don’t Know

[published in Kamena Magazine, 16/04/19] Writers are creatures of comfort, rituals and rhythms that we are loathe to break. There’s a fair logic behind many of these: getting stuck with writers’ block is a nightmarish hell, akin to having all your sinuses block up simultaneously while also being creatively constipated. These little tricks are ourContinue reading “Write What You Don’t Know”

You’re Not a Wizard, Harry: Demystifying Writing

[published by Kamena Magazine, 20/01/19] The division between STEM and Art is often explained by something inherent, something natural, not nurtured. That some people have logical brains that can compute large amounts of data, and some people have artistic brains that output illogical, beautiful creations into the world. Some people are right-handed, some left; some people areContinue reading “You’re Not a Wizard, Harry: Demystifying Writing”

Jonathan Edwards’ “Gen”: A Human Comedy

[originally published in Kamena Magazine] It’s hard to find a funny poet – it seems that the vast majority of us are doomed to sit around bemoaning the sad state of the world as it is/was/always will be. It’s even harder to find someone who can be funny without being either superficial or depressing. But somehow,Continue reading “Jonathan Edwards’ “Gen”: A Human Comedy”

Sports at University – Why joining a club is one of the best things you can do

[published in The Boar, 03/10/18] The way I see it, there are three main ways you meet people in first year: your course, your accommodation, and the clubs that you join. My first year was pretty much decided from the offset. Course: English is an absurdly large degree. There are hundreds of people, and everyone has toContinue reading “Sports at University – Why joining a club is one of the best things you can do”