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Fish Anthology 2017
Fish Anthology 2017

Our Price:11.95
Authors: Clem Cairns
Publication Year: Softback July 2017
Pages: 266
Size: 231 x 133mm

ISBN: 9780995620001

In an age of soundbites and ‘fake news’, where fame and fortune can be attained not by doing but simply by being, the discipline and incentive needed to acquire a skill is undervalued. In spite of this, literature is thriving. Why is it that, at a time when the trivial takes precedent over the profound, there is no shortage of extraordinary talent and innovative forms of expression? Perhaps it is because, as Leonard Cohen put it, “Reality is one of the possibilities I cannot afford to ignore,” and writers explore reality by writing. As Flannery O’Connor observed, “I write because I don’t know what I think until I read what I say.”

Conspiracy theories and ‘alternative facts’ abound. Today’s poets and writers are more challenged than ever to tell their stories, whether fact or fiction, in a way that our minds and hearts can grasp; to touch a place in us that the daily narrative skims over, to hold the lens over things familiar and unfamiliar and to use language in a way that will captivate.

Thank you to those who put pen to paper and entered the Fish competitions. There were many entries that enthralled and entertained and called out to be included but they did not make it into the collection this year. They set the bar high. Judges Neel Mukherjee, Vanessa Gebbie, Chris Stewart and Jo Shapcott had the hard task of choosing out of the stories and poems that reached that bar. Huge thanks to them for their big hearts (their comments on their choices are on the Fish website) and for the time and thought they put into a process that is dedicated to promoting and nurturing writers.

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