COMFORT FOODS // Pasul – Nora Selmani

Hello and welcome to the first edition of Comfort Foods! In the academic arena, Food Studies is an incredibly rich interdisciplinary field which looks to delineate much of the things we’d like to discuss here – predominantly, the relationship between food and culture – while grounding food in its social, political and even scientific context….

ONE POEM – Frances Tuoriniemi

Photo by Stoica Ionela on Unsplash Frances Tuoriniemi is a MA Writing student at Warwick. They particularly enjoy work that plays with colour and feels alive, work that moves and shifts to hide and expose.  They have previously been published by Gravel Magazine and Tangerine Magazine. This poem was also featured in Issue Two of Porridge, available for purchase here….

TWO POEMS – Elden Morrow

Image: Marc Chagall, ‘The Flying Carriage’, 1913 Elden Morrow is a recent MA in Literature and Culture graduate from the University of Birmingham. He loves the poetry of Frank O’Hara and Gerard Manley Hopkins (who he wrote his dissertation on), and is particularly interested in poetry where there are abrupt shifts in tone and dialect….

TWO POEMS – Howie Good

Image: Oskar Kokoschka, Knight Errant – 1915   Howie Good’s latest collections are ‘I’m Not a Robot’ from Tolsun Books and ‘A Room at the Heartbreak Hotel’ from Analog Submissions Press. Can We Just Get an Algorithm to Do This for Us? A man walks onto an abandoned railroad bridge and announces, “I’m going to kill myself.”…

The Stork – Chris Di Placito

Image: Joan Miró, Landscape (The Hare) – 1927 Chris Di Placito is a writer living in Fife, Scotland. His work has appeared, or is forthcoming in magazines such as Litro, BULL, Ink In Thirds, STORGY and Structo. The Stork Business is slow in Big Boabby’s Burgers and ah sit alone in the furthest away booth….

Five Baked Beans – Katy Thornton

Image: Photo by Cristian Newman on Unsplash Katy Thornton has just graduated with a First Class Honours in her MA in Creative Writing in December, and is currently working on short fiction, as well as a longer piece of work about the Magdalene Laundries in the 1980s. Her hobbies include mostly reading and writing, as well…

TWO POEMS – Seán Kennedy

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash Seán Kennedy is a twenty-three-year-old writer from Ireland whose poetry has previously appeared in the online edition of Porridge, as well as in online journals Dodging the Rain, The Honest Ulsterman, and The Bangor Literary Journal. He began writing poetry in 2017 after finishing an MA in English at…

ONE POEM – Frederick Pollack

Image: Konstantin Yuon – New Planet (1921) Frederick Pollack is the author of two book-length narrative poems, The Adventure and Happiness (Story Line Press), and two collections, A Poverty of Words (Prolific Press, 2015) and Landscape with Mutant (Smokestack Books, UK, 2018). Many of his other poems have appeared in print and online journals. Question…

Bubba – Kaylie Saidin

Image: Richard Westall – The Artist’s Wife as Sappho Kaylie Saidin lives in New Orleans, where she studies English literature and is an editor at the Maroon. She was the winner of the 2018 Dawson Gaillard Award for Fiction and the 2018 Monroe Library Research Competition. Her work is published or is forthcoming in The…

TWO POEMS – Jamie Stedmond

Image: Alice Bailly – Self Portrait (1917) Jamie Stedmond is a young Irish writer, currently based in Dublin. Jamie is pursuing an MA in Creative Writing at University College Dublin. Previously published or forthcoming in The Bohemyth, Dodging the Rain, The Cabinet of Heed, Cold Coffee Stand, Brilliant Flash Fiction, Crossways Literary Magazine, Cagibi, ZeroFlash,…

Horsing Around: Performative Media and Yuan Art – Chris Rouse

Chris Rouse is Porridge‘s Non-Fiction Editor. He is a PhD candidate at the University of Birmingham, researching representations of East Asia in medieval European maps and travel literature. 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…

ART – Nathalie Tierce

Nathalie Tierce was born in New York City and studied illustration at the High School of Art and Design and went on to receive a BFA in Painting from Pratt Institute. After graduating she worked extensively as a scenic artist in England painting backings for film and The BBC she settled in Los Angeles. This…