New World Street | Litro Lab Podcast

Picture Credits: Amber Clay

This week on Litro Lab, Hannah Hardt reads “New world Street” in which Ulica Nowy Świat, an immigrant’s daughter unlocks the mystery of her father Zbyszek’s recurring nightmares by listening to his war stories and traveling with him to the once Polish city of Lwów (today’s Lviv, Ukraine) to face his past.

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New World Street Podcast

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Hannah Hardt recently completed a mid-life Master’s Degree in history at Harvard University. The topic of her thesis was her Grandmother Adela’s secret war diary. In her memoir in progress, Hannah searches for her Polish Catholic family history in the archives of Poland, Ukraine and Germany and discovers their surprising role in the Holocaust.




Pantone 213U| Litro Lab| Podcast

This week on Litro Lab is Marcy Henry’s “Pantone 213U”. Moving toward natural scenes in the American South West, the author plays with colours speaking about optical window, red’s dominance and, as strange as it sounds, pollution.

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Pantone 213U Podcast

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Marcy Rae Henry is a Latina born and raised in Mexican-America. She is an activist and a mediocre musician with no social media accounts. Her 2006 publication, The CTA Chronicles, received a City of Chicago Community Arts Assistance Grant and, according to Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler’s Wife, “Marcy Rae Henry has written the true Chicago, the true El, stuffed with humans, source of strange encounters and disturbing memories. Her gorgeous writing captures the transience and the beauty of the city.” Henry’s confounding novel, Cumbia Therapy, received an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship, but remains unpublished. Her writing has appeared in World Haiku Review, Chicago Literati, The Chaffey Review and is forthcoming in Shanghai Literary Review and Beautiful Losers. She was recently accepted to Lighthouse Writer’s Workshop. Ms. M.R. Henry is an Associate Professor of Humanities and Fine Arts at Harold Washington College Chicago.




Litro Goes There with: Clarke Peters

October Gallery
Picture Credits: Lumiere2

In Litro Goes There, walk alongside artists and writers as they take us on an incredible journey to show us the cities close to their hearts. In this episode forget yourself and get reacquainted with the charm and allure of what forms the core of Clarke Peter’s London.

“Coming to England as a young 21 year old, it was a dream come true.”

Starting from his love of theatres, his directing debut – a tribute to Martin Luther King, to people “tearing up Regent Street” during the poll tax riots and everything in between, Clarke Peters invites us to see London as a place of inspiration, culture and possibilities, giving us a few laughs along the way.

The creator of the hit musical Five Guys Named Moe, Clarke Peters, conjures up a vibrant and colourful picture for us to dive in, giving us glimpses of not just the famous stops in London such as the Piccadilly Theatre but also galleries and pubs tucked away on seemingly quiet street corners like the October Gallery.

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Love in the Year 2030 | Litro Lab| Podcast

This week on Litro Lab, Sean Robinson reads “Love in the year 2030” where the protagonist, a lonely guy, Steven, orders a humanoid companion. The story comments on the direction intimacy could be taking in the coming years.

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Love in the Year 2030 Podcast

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Sean has been working in the world of music content creation for 5 years and deviated into online ads, short documentaries and short films. He’s recently written a novel and is now writing short stories to hone his writing skills. He’s has a cynical sense of humour and that always creeps out into his work.




Formula| Litro Lab| Podcast

Picture Credits: David Goehring

This week on Litro Lab, Ken Krekeler reads “Formula” in which variables can only take so much manipulation before all solutions become null. A meta-fiction that makes you question the act of writing.

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Formula Podcast

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Ken Krekeler is a 32-year-old graduate of the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan; writer and illustrator of two full-color graphic novels and a ten-issue comic book series called Westward.




The Mirrors| Litro Lab| Podcast

Picture Credits: Joe Le Merou

This week on Litro Lab is Jan Andre Kallestad’s “The Mirrors”. Normally Karin sleeps soundly. On this night though it’s not a good night’s sleep.

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The Mirrors

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Home But Not by Jarred McGinnis

Illustration by Hannah Bagshaw

Jarred McGinnis

Jarred McGinnis, an American living in London, is the co-founder of the literary variety night, The Special Relationship. His fiction has been read, aloud and everything, on BBC Radio 4. He has also appeared in a number of very nice places like PANK and Atticus Review. He is wickedtomocktheafflicted.com.

Hannah Bagshaw is an illustrator based in London. She illustrates for acclaimed poetry anthology series Stop Sharpening Your Knives and online art and culture magazine Platform.




Fear and Loathing in Heaven| Litro Lab| Podcast

This week on Litro Lab, Joel Patterson reads “Fear and Loathing in Heaven” where we witness a group of men at their orientation in Heaven.

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Fear and Loathing in Heaven Podcast

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The first publishing triumph Joel Patterson can claim is a review of Hunter S. Thompson’s “lecture” given on the campus of UC Davis in 1978 in Ampersand magazine. These days he does audio and video production in the Albany, New York area, but he still dreams of his heroes (not only Thompson but Hemingway, Brautigan, you know, all the outlaw writers) and what they’re doing these days.




Tears by Grace Andreacchi

After the death of her son, a woman plunges into despair but is unable to cry.
However, this changes after a meeting with a mysterious man.

Grace Andreacchi

Grace Andreacchi is an American-born novelist, poet and playwright. Works include the novels Scarabocchio and Poetry and Fear, Music for Glass Orchestra (Serpent’s Tail), Give My Heart Ease (New American Writing Award) and the chapbook Elysian Sonnets. Her work appears in Horizon Review, The Literateur, Cabinet des Fées and many other fine places. Grace is also managing editor at Andromache Books and writes the literary blog Amazing Grace. She lives in London.




Goodbye Love| Litro Lab| Podcast

This week on Litro Lab, Judy Ossello reads “Goodbye Love” in which Eileen meets her ex-boyfriend at a bar in Indiana after going to her grandma’s wake.

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Goodbye Love

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Judith Ossello is a writer and storyteller who mines the details of moments to recalculate reality. She shares her writing experiences at writerloop.com.




Tuesday Afternoon

Photograph by Kirsty Hall

Read by Skye Bennett




Short Story: They Went to the Sea

Photo by Varun Suresh




My Batter is Thick




Remembrance of Things Past by Kevlin Henney

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A man returns to a tragic moment in his past, desperately trying to change what happened.

Kevlin Henney writes words and code. He is a software development consultant and writer with three books and hundreds of technical articles to his name. One of his short stories was selected and published as a runner-up in the New Scientist‘s 2010 Flash Fiction Competition. Somewhere in his past is a degree in physics.




Bearing Witness by Elizabeth Warren

Read by Sabina Cameron

While searching for a fitting christmas gift for a young girl,
a woman is reminded of her experiences growing up in the southern states of America.

Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren’s short stories about the subversive nature of relationships have appeared in numerous literary journals throughout Canada, Great Britain and the USA. A postgraduate of Humber College’s creative writing program, she has just completed a novel that exposes what happens in a world based on appearances when a model’s youth and beauty begin to fade. 

Sabina Cameron

Sabina Cameron works in TV, film and theatre and relished the opportunity to use a Southern accent in this piece. She looks forward to developing personal projects and pursuing her burgeoning film career. Find her at Spotlight.com.




Becca| Litro Lab| Podcast

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This week on Litro Lab is Monica McFawn’s and Darrell Nicholson’s “Becca”, a short piece of fiction revolving around a sales pitch for an unusual new type of life jacket.

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Becca Podcast

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Monica McFawn is an artist, writer, and comedian. Her debut story collection, Bright Shards of Someplace Else, won a Flannery O’Connor Award and was named an NPR “Great Read” and a Michigan Notable Book. Her comic writing has been published at The Offing and The Belladonna, and staged at the Mary Scruggs Works by Women Festival at Second City. A recipient of a 2016 NEA Fellowship in Literature and a Walter E. Dakin fellowship from Sewanee Writers’ Conference, McFawn is currently MFA Director at Northern Michigan University and the fiction editor of Passages North. www.monicamcfawn.com

Darrell Nicholson’s fiction and poetry has appeared in Florida Review, Hong Kong Review, Southwest Review, Found Poetry Review, and other journals. He lives in Sarasota, Florida, where he studies at Florida Studio Theater Actor’s Lab and edits the sailing magazine Practical Sailor. You can find him @Sailordn on Twitter.




Letter to Self by Liam Hogan

The protagonist leaves a message to himself in an alternative reality, offering advice and a warning.

Liam Hogan

Liam Hogan writes when he isn’t doing anything else. This happens with remarkable regularity, and at least one story has emerged every month for the last three years. Liars’ League has been the main beneficiary, but there’s plenty to go round. Just ask.




Monkey Retreat by Laura Nelson

In the year 2035, medical experiments on monkeys have evolved to serve a sinister purpose.

Laura Nelson

Laura Nelson has a doctorate in neuroscience, used to be a science journalist and is about to start helping to run a medical ethics charity. Her short fiction stories have been published in the anthology Decongested Tales and the science magazine Nature, and she had two stories in Litro magazine in 2009, one of which (‘Majuto’) was listed as a favourite on the website for a year. Laura has written guest articles about writing in literary magazines and political commentary in the Guardian’s Comment is Free, and is working on her second novel. She blogs at delilah-mj.blogspot.com.




The Depressing Command by Feyisayo Anjorin

A major in a military regime in Sierra Leone faces a moral dilemma
when the daughter of his beloved teacher commits treason.

Read by Terence Anderson:

Feyisayo Ajorin

Feyisayo Anjorin was born in Akure, Nigeria in 1983. He studied at Damelin College, Bramley, Johannesburg; The University of Ibadan, Nigeria; and the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance, Auckland Park, Johannesburg. He is an actor, whose credits include Jacob’s Cross (2010), Jozi Kings (2010) and Crooked RD (2010). He is also a poet whose writings, which include “Edges of a Middle Ground”, “Secret States”, “Evil Eyes” and “One Cup”, have been published on various online platforms. He notes C. S. Lewis, Wole Soyinka, John Grisham and Chinua Achebe as his greatest writing influences. Feyisayo lives in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Terence Anderson

Terence Anderson has been acting for over ten years. On stage, he has played Jean in Bonnie Greer’s Jitterbug; Eddie in John La Manchuria’s The Wild Party; Aide Williams in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, and Ivan & Johnson in Benjamin Zephaniah’s De Botty Business. Recent film appearances include Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre. He lives in London. More information at terenceanderson.webs.com.




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