Granta 119: Britain
Broken Britain? The forthcoming issue of Granta, published on 10 May, is a celebration of the nation’s past and present, its people, its land – and the deep connections between them. The stories, poems and memoirs in this collection show the delicate human interactions within the sometimes brutal context of historical and contemporary Britain. There is no other place like it.
Photo for Robert Macfarlane’s ‘Silt’ by Phil Nevard.
IN THE PRINT ISSUE
Ross Raisin When You Grow Into Yourself
Mario Vargas Llosa The Celt
Tania James Lion and Panther in London
Cynan Jones The Dig
Mark Haddon The Gun
Rachel Seiffert Hands Across the Water
Sam Byers Some Other Katherine
Jim Crace Enclosure
Jon McGregor Clough
Adam Foulds Dreams of a Leisure Society
Gary Younge Stevenage
Robert MacFarlane Silt
Andrea Stuart Sugar in the Blood
Nikolai Khalezin and Natalia Kalida with an introduction by Tom Stoppard Theatre of Fortune
Simon Armitage The Making of the English Landscape
Don Paterson The Self-Illuminated
Jamie McKendrick Cofiwch Dryweryn
Robin Robertson 1964
Plus ‘Home’, a selection of twenty artists, including Yinka Shonibare, Mishka Henner and Florence Boyd, responding to the question of British identity. With an introduction by John Burnside.
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Art work showcase: Evie Wyld on Claire Shea’s post-it memorial in Peckham, Ian Teh on his photograph in the issue ‘Woman Walking’ and Justin Coombes’ images take us deep into the life of a kingfisher on Regents Canal.
Simon Armitage on a fishing trip with Ted Hughes.
A. L. Kennedy’s love letter to the London theatres.
Pico Iyer revisits Oxford and walks among its ghosts.
Francine Prose on Downton Abbey fever.
Kapka Kassabova on her global restlessness and coming home to her ‘magic place’, Scotland.
Michael Symmons Roberts takes us on a walk through Manchester.
Interview with Britain contributor Tania James.