Interview: Chris McQueer

By Émer O'Toole Chris McQueer's career has taken off rapidly since submitting a story to publisher 404 Ink's literary magazine last year. The 25-year-old, from Springboig in Glasgow, discusses his debut short story collection, sending a copy to Limmy and how Twitter has destroyed his attention span. After leaving school at 16, and doing many jobs including being an unsuccessful Subway sandwich artist, Chris started writing Hings 18 months ago when he … Continue reading Interview: Chris McQueer

Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery: the misconceptions of Jane Austen

By Émer O'Toole Jane Austen has inspired enough reverence to accumulate a following of Janeites, and since it was published in 1813, Pride and Prejudice has sold more than 20 million copies. Austen herself might marvel at this. She had to buy her first manuscript back from Thomas Cadell, of the eminent London publishing firm … Continue reading Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery: the misconceptions of Jane Austen

Theatre Review: The Lying Kind

By Emer O'Toole Tron Theatre Company, Tron Theatre, 11-17 June Christmas has come early to the Tron Theatre this year with The Lying Kind, a comedy that explores the dilemma of lying to be kind. The play begins with a scene reminiscent of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting For Godot: two male characters have a conversation on … Continue reading Theatre Review: The Lying Kind

Most anticipated books coming out this summer

By Émer O'Toole The best books coming out this summer include novels from debut writers Chris McQueer and Rachel Khong, as well as more established authors like John Boyne. Hings, Chris McQueer New Scottish publisher 404 Ink’s first book, Nasty Women, an essay collection “written by and about 21st century women” was a success when … Continue reading Most anticipated books coming out this summer