The Reader 34. It’s here.

The latest issue of The Reader has just arrived in time for summer (who needs the sun to shine!?).

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In issue 34 there is Simon Barnes, the great sports writer for The Times, exploring the kindred stuff of sport and literature:

Sport is not news: it is literature in the raw.

It’s a packed issue, revealing the raw material (that is, the individual) behind finished works of literature.

There’s new poetry from:

Jacob Polley is the latest Poet on His Work, writing about his haunting poem, ‘The Owls’ in a piece called ‘Fistfuls of Fresh Clay’.

This summer (August 6th) would have been Tennyson’s 200th birthday, so look out for celebrations and fresh thinking on the nineteenth-century poet. Plus we launch our series on Get Into Reading: the Reading Revolution.

Literature is personal, it is raw and as Phil Davis says in his editorial:

For The Reader doesn’t really care about too much about genre – hardly gives a damn in fact as to whether it is fiction, or poetry, or essay, or sentences in a letter. Don’t be deceived: our sense of variety is not merely something liberal. It is to do with wanting the life-stuff wherever we can find it and get it.

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