Volume 5, guest-edited by Jane Feaver contains 16 new stories, each in some way concerned with flight: Flight in the sense of aeroplanes, flight in the sense of escape, flight in the sense of fancy: journeys, evasion, invention.
Robert Shearman’s ‘Coming in to Land’ kicks off the collection with a surreal take on faith and flight paths. In ‘Café Bohemia’ Alison MacLeod’s ‘strikingly original voice’ (The Guardian) takes us into an unsettling world of limitless rooms and Adam Marek brings his ‘genuine, unsettling talent’ (The Independent) to the streets of Cambridge, teeming with dead alumni.
Luke Kennard has written a thought-provoking introduction to this collection which also contains stories by Ginny Baily, Jane Rogers, Jane Rusbridge, Matt Thorne, Jenny Newman, Sally Flint, Jo Lloyd, Nicholas Royle, Zoe Teale, Wena Poon. Karen Stevens, Eleanor Knight and Alison Napier.
Read an extract and view issue contents below.
Dinner of the Dead Alumni – Adam Marek
Today the streets of Cambridge are crawling with dead alumni. Their ghosts perch on punts, trailing their fingers through the green weed without raising a ripple. They fly round Trinity college’s Great Court, performing the 367m run before even the tenth of the twenty-four chimes. They cheer themselves, but their cheers reach no corporeal ears. The dead waft through the Grand Arcade, raising goosebumps on the fresh navels of girls texting outside Topshop. They hover at the doorway o the Apple store, whooping every time a fresh burst of radio waves casts them across the concourse and dashes their weightless bodies on the ground.
Preston cannot see them, but ever since he Yolanda arrived with their twin girls, he has been aware of something funky in the air.
Table of Contents
Editor’s Note – Jane Feaver v
Introduction – Luke Kennard vii
Coming in to Land – Robert Shearman 1
The Anniversary – Ginny Baily 7
Ship of Dreams – Jane Rusbridge 13
The Only Interesting Thing About You Is The Stories You’ll Tell About Me – Matt Thorne 19
The Interview – Sally Flint 31
Camera Obscura – Wena Poon 39
The flying bush cow helmet mask – Jenny Newman 53
Three Shells – Zoë Teale 61
The Visit – Karen Stevens 67
Saved – Jane Rogers 73
Conspiracy – Eleanor Knight 85
Café Bohemia – Alison MacLeod 93
Cuckoo – Nicholas Royle 103
Dinner of the Dead Alumni – Adam Marek 113
Gifts – Jo Lloyd 127
Losing my Religion – Alison Napier 137