Category: Fiction

Weird Sex with Readux (You’re invited. 21 October.)

When Readux Books publisher Amanda DeMarco told me about their upcoming onex series, I had to submit something. Ideally a forgotten or little known Swedish eroticist or a writer deeply engaging with sex and power. Someone like Else Jersualem, whose 1908 novel The Red House examines prostitution and moral hypocrisy in Vienna through the eyes of a woman who grew up in brothels. It was a… Read more →

The Quietus!

A big thanks to Jen Calleja, Amanda DeMarco, Karl Smith for making this happen! Here’s the start of The Quietus interview. Read on, lovelies. Verfreundungseffekt: The Translator Is Present – Saskia Vogel Interviewed  By Jen Calleja  This month’s column swings the focus to the unsung hero – the literary translator – but just as much on contemporary Swedish literature and inventive ways… Read more →

from “The Boys”

Here’s an extract from Jessica Schiefauer’s young adult novel Pojkarna (The Boys). It was originally published by Words Without Borders. There’s a movie of the book coming out next year and the picture above was taken on-set by Karolina Pajak. Now, onward to masquerades and magical flowers… It was a balmy night, spring had started to slip into early summer, the trees’… Read more →

Press for New Swedish Fiction at the Ace Hotel Shoreditch

A splash of press from the Audible UK blog on a New Swedish Fiction Night, co-organized by Dialogue and SELTA. A Night in Translation by Claire O’Neill Last Thursday we had the pleasure of an invite to Saskia Vogel’s Swedish anti-crime lit session, including actors from Liars’ League and a select audience of East London’s lit folk. Huddled in the depths of Shoreditch’s The Ace… Read more →

10 September: Numbi Book Launch

On Tuesday night at Rich Mix, we’ll be raising a toast to the latest issue of SCARF, featuring artwork by Kanitta Meechubot (the heart, it’s her work…), another story from David Hermann’s London novel of cocktails and clashing subcultures and one of the ‘vignette essays’ that I’ve been writing to set the tone and language for my novel. The featured… Read more →

Plectrum: The Cultural Pick – 28 March – Yup, I’m reading

Have I got news for you! On 28 March, Plectrum: The Cultural Pick is hosting the fourth edition of their live event series at the beautiful Betsey Trotwood. I’ll be reading my White Review essay ‘Ways of Submission’. There will be tales of love, death and maxillofacial reconstructive surgery in WWI from Louisa Young, stories of London Bridge in America by… Read more →

The Light and Shadow Salon

On Thursday, I’ll be reading from my memoir-in-progress at this multimedia salon held in a former hospital for cab drivers’ horses. The reading will begin: Los Angeles in the 1980s, the heart of the dream factory. When I was a child I wanted to know death. I danced in hula skirts, crawled the lengths of swimming pools, stayed put in… Read more →

Ways of Submission: an essay

The White Review published a vignette-burst essay of mine in their July e-edition. It represents some of the thinking I’ve been doing about my book on coming of age in the 21st century, in terms of voice, theme and tone. The White Review is a fantastic literary publication, and I’m mad for the work of Landon Metz, the artist whose… Read more →

Zocalo: My Stiff Upper Lip

A Californian Keeps Calm and Carries On During the London Riots When I moved to London to attend university, my parents were afraid I’d get caught in an explosion. In my first weeks in London, I saw a polished blonde foam at the mouth, overdosing in an alleyway in Notting Hill; a homeless man have a seizure in front of… Read more →