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The Fall

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The Fall The Fall is an astonishing memoir. Its 424 short passages match the number of steps taken by Diogo Mainardi’s son Tito as he walks through the streets of Venice, the city where he was born and a medical mishap left him with cerebral Palsy. Elen Lewis talks to author Diogo Mainardi about memoir […]


Spotlight: Nicholas Asbury

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Former 26 newsletter editor Nick Asbury tells Elen Lewis about his new exhibition, After Hours, some feel-good wisdom from his Disappointments Diary and the novels he hasn’t read.   What’s your day job? Writing for design. Also writing with design, alongside design, about design, without design, near design, and occasionally despite design. What are your […]


Spotlight: Rishi Dastidar

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26er Rishi Dastidar writes poems in his spare time. Alongside nine others, he has been shortlisted for Complete Works II, a national development programme for advanced Black and Asian poets culminating in a final anthology published by Bloodaxe. He talks to Elen Lewis about winnowing down his couplets and why he thinks the best collective […]


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News and announcements from this parish, including revisiting our first project: 26 letters, Throwaway Lines the Second, 26 Miles putting on its slippers and Norwich editors chomping at the bit (cf Black Beauty)   26 presents Tessa Ross Join us at The Free Word Centre, Farringdon, London on Wednesday 5 June at 6:15pm to hear […]


When Jane met Mary

For our latest project, 26 of our members were paired with historic writers from Norwich, England’s only City of Literature, and asked to write something. Jane Chittenden was paired with Mary Mann. Unfamiliar with Mary’s work, Jane set off in search of the author. My author is Mary Mann (1848-1929), described as a ‘rural novelist’. […]


Spotlight: Sarah Farley

26er Sarah Farley has been working hard behind the scenes on 26 Miles and 26 Treasures of Childhood. In an interview with Elen Lewis she reveals what she’s learnt from the young storytellers at The Ministry of Stories and her quest to fix the missing apostrophes across London. What’s your day job? I’m a freelance […]


In conversation with… Inua Ellams

Inua Ellams is a poet, playwright and performer. He is also a graphic designer and has created work for clients including Coca-Cola, Frantic Assembly and the Southbank Centre. Inua talks to Elen Lewis about how the difference between poetry and spoken word is like working with two masters – the old martial arts sensei and […]