COMFORT FOODS // Dissecting the Heart of Mandu – J.A. Pak

Dissecting the Heart of Mandu The Chinese, Mongolians, Japanese, and now the Americans and Europeans are in my food, but are the Turkic nomads there as well? Intriguing and exciting. A mandu (만두) is a Korean dumpling. A savory dumpling with a filling of meat. It’s usually boiled but it can also be steamed, pan-fried,…

Frederic Manning and the Greatest War Novel of all Time – Malcolm St Hill

Image: A Star Shell – Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson, 1916   Malcolm St Hill lives in Newcastle, Australia and is a poet, reviewer and independent researcher focused on the literary memory of the Great War, particularly the work of Australian soldier-poets. Frederic Manning and the Greatest War Novel of all Time The Australian poet and…

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…

ILLUSTRATIONS – Ian Cooke-Tapia

Ian Cooke-Tapia is a Panama-born multidisciplinary storyteller, illustrator, and entrepreneur. His practice focuses on intradisciplinary subject matter as means to explore the fluidity of the rules of our reality, and ignored social narratives. See more of his work here. and find him on twitter and Instagram.  An Incomplete Timeline of Isthmian Identit(y/ies) Whichever narrative is…

Underwhelming Miracles of the Middle Ages – Chris Rouse

Chris Rouse is a graduate with an MA in Medieval Studies from the University of York. He is a keen writer and loves to bore people about various historical topics. He is the founder of Voces Historiae. This essay by Chris also appears in the inaugural print issue of Porridge which is available for purchase here. Image: St…

The Church on the Hill – Robert Boucheron

Robert Boucheron grew up in Syracuse and Schenectady, NY. He has worked as an architect in New York City and Charlottesville, VA. His short stories and essays appear in Bangalore Review, Fiction International, The Fiction Pool, Litro, London Journal of Fiction, New Haven Review, Short Fiction. The Church on the Hill A bell tolls the hours. It carries…

SHORT STORY – Isabelle Weller

Isabelle Weller is a recent graduate from the University of Birmingham, where she studied BA English Literature with Creative Writing. She is now about to start a special needs teacher-training course / placement year. She is a keen reader. She wouldn’t say she has a favourite author, or book, but Franz Kafka’s writing never fails…

What Jesus Wrote – Robert Boucheron

Robert Boucheron grew up in Syracuse and Schenectady, NY. He has worked as an architect in New York City and Charlottesville, VA. His short stories and essays appear in Bangalore Review, Fiction International, The Fiction Pool, Litro, London Journal of Fiction, New Haven Review, Short Fiction. What Jesus Wrote A passage in the Gospel of John, Chapter 8: 3-11,…

“Death’s Embassadour”: Herbert of Cherbury in his Diplomatic Contexts

Edward Herbert 1st Baron Herbert of Cherbury by Isaac Oliver. Image credit: Isaac Oliver via Wikipedia Gavin Herbertson is an English postgraduate at Sidney Sussex, Cambridge. Focusing largely on the early seventeenth century, his research looks at spaces of overlap between early modern theatre and diplomacy. Working chronologically, broad areas of interest include: the poetry of…