Just as the sun starts to shine down on us with more frequency, so to compliment its rays comes the shining new edition of The Reader magazine (complete with a cover as bright as the summer sun), bursting to the brim with tons of literary goodness guaranteed to make you feel good.
Among the many highlights within Issue 46 are:
- An extract from Tim Parks’ latest novel, the unnerving and insightful The Server (Harvill Secker, May 2012)
- New poetry from Julie-ann Rowell, Neil Curry, Caroline Price, Marina Sanchez and David Attwooll
- Sue Colbourn interviews Matthew Knight, a clinical psychologist with Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, who has been using poetry in therapeutic settings since the late-nineties, with some staggering results – including a wonderfully moving account of a man who spoke after four years of silence upon reading Wordsworth – the power of whose words is further explored by Gillian Clarke, Stephen Gill, Bernard O’Donoghue and Raymond Tallis
- Brian Patten features in the regular Poet on His Work feature, writing a no-holds-barred account of the inspiration for his poem Stepfather (which is this week’s Featured Poem on The Reader Online)
- New fiction in the form of an absorbing short story, The Magpie by Mark Godfrey
The joy of Wordsworth’s words is also revelled in by Jane Davis, who ponders over the pleasure of Lines Written in Early Spring whilst being amongst nature; more stories from the Reading Revolution from Penny Markell, who takes us through a day in the life of the Get Into Reading London Project Manager, and Casi Dylan talking about how good mistakes can be made in endeavouring in the adventure of shared reading; and an exclusive preview of the latest Reader Organisation anthology, the utterly enchanting A Little, Aloud For Children, introduced by its editor Angela Macmillan.
Perfect summer reading if you’re lounging around poolside somewhere more reliably sunnier or just on the lounger in the garden.
If you’re already subscribed, you can expect Issue 46 of The Reader to land on your doorstep anytime soon and if not, then what are you waiting for – subscribe to receive your copy today.