Monthly Archives: August 2013

Once upon a time: Jessica Young


Photo © Jessica Young

Every so often we talk to past Structo authors about what they’ve been up to since appearing in the magazine. The latest in this irregular series sees poetry editor Matthew Landrum talk to issue eight poet Jessica Young.

Your poetry appeared in issue eight last summer. A book release, publications, relocation – a lot has happened since then. Could you tell us about some of your recent opportunities and happenings?

My biggest happening has been finalizing everything with Alice’s Sister (WordTech, September 2013), my book that re-envisions Alice in Wonderland.  Working with my editor, we uncovered some anachronisms (e.g., technologies and musical composers from the wrong generation) and place-issues (e.g., cicadas and trilliums popping up where they don’t naturally occur) So it’s been a process of carefully combing and re-combing through the whole book to ensure that each detail belongs.  Suffice it to say that I’ve learned a lot about mid-19th century England!

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Issue 10, available now


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So here it is: Structo issue 10. Double digits! Five years! Available now!


This issue contains 10 short stories, 10 poems, two interviews and an essay on book addiction in the family by our (newly minted) fiction editor. We’ve decided to pretend that the 10 stories and 10 poems thing was deliberate, rather than an amusing coincidence, which it obviously was.


Our interviews this time are with Evie Wyld, bookshop owner and Granta-listed author of After the Fire, A Still Small Voice and All the Birds, Singing; and David Constantine, most recently a Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award winner for his story collection Tea at the Midland, but also a poet, translator and ex-Modern Poetry in Translation editor. Two very different, very fascinating and pretty damn long interviews.


The fiction and poetry comes from the UK and all over the world: Australia, the United States, South Africa and the Netherlands. There are translations from the Norwegian and Icelandic in there too.


It’s 108 pages, and costs £5. Online, it’s available in our shop, as well as from Magpile and Anikibo. You can also buy it from one of our stockists as they get their copies over the next week or so (The Society Club in London, The Albion Beatnik in Oxford and Cornerhouse in Manchester already have their copies).