If the burden is too much and stays too long, even love bends, cracks, comes close to breaking

Stay With Me

Ayobami Adebayo

the Angelus bell ringing out over its villages and townlands over the fields and hills and bogs in between, six chimes of three across a minute and a half, a summons struck on the lip of the void

Solar Bones

Mike McCormack

The Sick Bag Song is an exploration of love, inspiration and memory shaped around the events of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 2014 tour of North America.

The Book of Strange New Things cover

Listen to an extract from The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber, read by Josh Cohen.

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To be calm becomes a kind of revolutionary act. To be happy with your own non-upgraded existence. To be comfortable with our messy, human selves, would not be good for business

Reasons to Stay Alive

Matt Haig

I’ve only ever been a hair away from being utterly alone in the world

The Bones of Grace

Tahmima Anam

Amy Liptrot on writing her way home

Carol Birch reads from Orphans of the Carnival

Sheila Kohler reads from Once We Were Sisters

To the voiceless, the muffled, the frightened, the guilty, I attempt to give words

Once We Were Sisters

Sheila Kohler