Insurrection and Innovation
This Issue explores politics past and present, art as activism, urban and rural regeneration, Scottish history and more. Spanning poetry, non-fiction, fiction, and children's, this varied Issue highlights some of the many profound shifts, in thought and in practice, that humankind has continually undergone. Where will we go next?
Extract from The Jungle By Pooja Puri Forthcoming from Ink Road
Much of the action of this story takes place in Calais, France. Here, on the border between land and sea, formerly lay the migrant encampment more commonly known as “the Jungle”. Its inhabitants came from far and wide – some to find a better life for themselves, others to escape political violence and war. The difficulties they endured on their journeys are unimaginable. Life in “the Jungle” was not much better. Facilities were, at best, basic; at worst, non-existent. There was little food. Charities did what they could but resources were limited.
While writing this book, I have tried to present as accurate a picture of the camp as I can. However, it is important to note that this story and its characters are a work of fiction. As such, there may be inevitable distortions between “the Jungle” as it existed in real life and the setting presented in the book. I hope, nonetheless, that in reading about Mico and Leila, readers can start to understand the despair and courage of those willing to risk everything for a brighter future.
Mico was stealing.
He was lying in the dusty undergrowth, hidden by a scree...
David Robinson Writes: On Wojnarowicz’s Activist Artistry
'Wojnarowicz ’s eyeball-blistering howl of rage'
One hundred years after the outbreak of the Russian Revolution – what the Bolsheviks called “the February Bourgeois Democratic Revolution”, as opposed to their own “Great October Socialist” one – it’s easy to be cynical about revolutions and revolutionaries. A century later, the idealism of a few hardline optimists in 1917 has, after all, faded into the plutocracy and cynicism of Putin’s Russia. What’s to celebrate about that?
So I want instead to point to a different revolution...
‘We need a revolution in our thinking that will spark a revolution in the way we organise our lives and structure our societies’
‘This new appetite for all things Jacobite is not restricted to film and TV’
‘The architecture of cities became a battleground for the Victorian soul’
‘the devilish revelry would drown / the voice of the wise and cry of the tortured’
‘We’re still telling those old tales with princesses as prizes, so perhaps the revolution isn’t over yet’
‘In the spaciousness of uncertainty is room to act’
‘Flower painting was broadly considered the most acceptable form for women to practice’
‘The Black Watch was formed in the wake of the unsuccessful 1715 Jacobite Rebellion’
‘The women who come to speak at the Suffrage Society are the sort of women she would like to be’
‘How did the Iona Community really begin? The Seanachaidh tells it himself’
‘The man came at him with both hands outstretched and caught him in the chest, knocking him back against the wall’
‘The news that a revolution had broken out in St. Petersburg came like a veritable thunder bolt’
‘I suggest that Homo sapiens is an offshoot of an older form of humans called Homo passiens’
‘My debut novel looks at the role of gender in the serial killer sex crime genre’