Issue 3: Brown

Brown is the colour of the earth, a palette where green grows. It is also the colour of delicacies like chocolate and coffee but more recently associated with junk food, though the browns of deep fried fish and chips can sometimes be delicious. Brown is the colour of wood and many tones of brown are named after the trees, from rich mahogany to the more subtle brown. When trees shed their green leaves, many of them turn to yellow then red, and finally, to brown. 

We were delighted to receive a large number of poems and stories for our Brown issue and we were delighted to see all sorts of different images of the colour in the pieces. As always, we have to make the tough choice of picking just one poem and one story for our magazine.

Our featured short story writer is Shivaun Conroy with her very sinister tale of a photographer. It was the subtlety of the story moving from what looked to be a rather ordinary session between a patient and a therapist to something much more disturbing that caught our eyes. Read the story here >

Our chosen poem picks up on the brown colour of beer, Órla Fay’s Coors Light, a poem about the day after the night before. We loved the contemporary subject of the poem and the way Órla slipped in modern day images nicely and without cliché. Its last two lines give the subtle message. Read the poem here >


About the author

Simon Lewis

Simon Lewis' first collection of poetry, Jewtown, was published by Doire Press in 2016.

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