Started by a group of graduates in 2016, Porridge magazine is a volunteer-run, international, interdisciplinary online and print magazine. We support new and emerging writers from all around the world and publish a diverse range of work including poetry, short fiction, artwork, critical essays, current affairs, and much more.
Our aim is to create an inclusive space for contemporary and thought-provoking work and to bring different disciplines together in a new and engaging way.
Georgia Tindale – Founder & Arts Co-editor
Georgia is a freelance editor and writer and is training to become a counsellor. Georgia founded Porridge in her final year at the University of Birmingham. She is interested in a wide range of subjects including poetry, science writing, health and society, history, religion and postcolonial studies. She tweets @tindale_georgia
Arbnora Selmani – Arts Co-editor & COMFORT FOODS Editor
Arbnora is a writer and marketer working in scholarly comms from London. When she’s not editing the Arts & COMFORT FOODS submissions, she fiddles with Porridge’s website and social media with varying degrees of success. Her own writing is often concerned with the intersections of gender, nationalism, migration, food, and identity but she has an appetite for work across postcolonial and feminist studies & more. Nora’s first poetry pamphlet Portraits was published by Lumin in 2018. She tweets @arbnoraselmani.
Jessica Syposz – Fiction Editor
Jessica works in theatre administration and marketing, and co-produces jazz and poetry night, Funkenteleky. Based in Birmingham, she writes poetry and short stories, with a secret affinity for sci-fi soundscapes. She is interested in post-communist Eastern European literature, paranoid fiction, the politics of care, and the relationship between national identity and historical memory. Jessica’s audio play ‘The Buzzer,’ about a cryptic radio station, was commissioned by New Creatives for BBC Sounds. Her website is jessicasyposz.co.uk.
Chris Rouse – Non-Fiction Editor
Chris is a PhD candidate at the University of Birmingham, researching representations of East Asia in medieval European maps and travel literature. He graduated from Birmingham with a BA in History and Politics in 2016 and from the University of York with an MA in Medieval Studies in 2018. He has a keen interest in interdisciplinarity, global history and the history of ideas and ideologies. In his spare time he can often be found in old churches making bad jokes about Gothic Architecture. He tweets at @ChrisRouse1212 and one day aspires to be good at it.
Lily Beckett – Marketing & Outreach Officer
Lily lives in London and is currently working as a freelance writer, researcher, and music supervisor. She graduated from an MA in Comparative Literature in 2022 and is en route to pursuing a PhD researching the links between intermedial poetic form and liberatory politics in the 1970s.
Lily is especially drawn to radical writing and other art forms, novels in translation, and LGBTQ+ films. She spends much of her spare time tending to her own works of narrative fiction – to the bitter end!