Relationships are a complex but an intrinsic part of the human experience. Relationships can bring us joy and grief. Relationships can be a source of empowerment, and of shame. They can make us stronger or they can break our heart.
Whether with friends, family, lovers or ourselves, our relationships make us who we are.
On Relationships is a collection of short stories, essays, poetry and art to explore the complexities of the different relationships we all have.
We are very proud to announce another amazing line up of authors and artists for On Relationships.
Marian Brereton // Jen Calleja // Susannah Dickey // Lexi Earl // Melissa Gitari // Salma Haidrani // Maz Hedgehog // Mikael Johani // Anna Kahn // Isha Karki // Daisy Lafarge // Rebecca Liu // So Mayer // Zahrah Nesbitt-Ahmed // Vanessa Pelz-Sharpe // Alexandros Plasatis // Gratiagusti Chananya Rompas // Tori Truslow // Lauren Vevers // Kate Young
Marian Brereton (also known as Witchymomo) is a children's Illustrator and comic artist currently based in Wales. When she's not drawing she drinks an unhealthy amount of tea and reads arguably too much YA.
Jen Calleja is a writer, literary translator from German, anti-harassment activist and musician. Her poetry collection Serious Justice (2016) is published by Test Centre and she has a collection of short fiction forthcoming. Her short fiction and poetry have appeared in Ambit, 3:AM, Hotel, Somesuch Stories, Broadly., The Quietus, Funhouse, and the anthology Spells: 21st Century Occult Poetry. She has translated full-length works by Marion Poschmann, Wim Wenders, Kerstin Hensel, Michelle Steinbeck and Gregor Hens, among others, and her translations have appeared in The New Yorker, Granta and The White Review. She was the inaugural Translator in Residence at the British Library and writes a column on translation for the Brixton Review of Books. She was recently shortlisted for both the Man Booker International Prize and the Schlegel-Tieck Prize for her translations. She is a trainer and spokesperson for the Good Night Out Campaign and plays or has played in the bands Sauna Youth, Feature and Monotony. She will be starting a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at UEA this autumn. @niewview
Susannah Dickey is the author of two poetry pamphlets, I had some very slight concerns (2017) and genuine human values (2018), both published by The Lifeboat, Belfast. Her poetry has appeared in The White Review, Magma and Ambit, and she was shortlisted for The White Review short story prize in 2018. Her first novel, Tennis Lessons, will be published in 2020 by Doubleday. @SusannahDickey
Lexi Earl is a writer and science communicator. For her day job she translates complex research findings into ordinary prose so that regular people can understand just what scientists get up to in their labs. The rest of her time is spent writing about food, mental health, and defining a successful life outside of work. She is the author of Schools and Food Education in the 21st century (Routledge, 2018) and is working on a book on school gardens. She blogs at: lexislettuces.blog
Melissa Gitari is an editorial assistant at Simon & Schuster Children’s, where she spends her days proofreading/crying at adorable picture books. She enjoys going to art galleries, rewatching Grey’s Anatomy, and yelling at people who badmouth Beyoncé. She tweets at @mellie_gee
Salma Haidrani is a 4-time award-winning freelance writer and journalist based in London. She has won a number of awards for her journalism, including ‘Young Journalist of the Year’ at the GG2 Leadership Awards in 2017 and ‘Best Feature’ at the End Violence Against Women Media Awards in 2016. Her work focuses on a broad range of topics including marginalised communities, contemporary faith, race, social issues, British identity, LGBTQ+ issues and more for a number of titles including i-D, Vice, DAZED, Broadly, Time Out London, Refinery29, Cosmopolitan, HUNGER and others. Salma wrote a chapter in the #1 Amazon best-selling anthology, It’s Not About the Burqa. Salma’s website can be found here. @its_me_salma
Maz Hedgehog is a spoken word poet who loves to reimagine folklore and mythologies. She's performed at events across the North West of England and beyond. Her debut chapbook, Vivat Regina was published by Superbia Books in partnership with Manchester Pride in February. As theatrical as she is approachable, Maz creates poetry that's fantastical, lyrical and occasionally a little surreal.
Mikael Johani is a poet, critic, and translator from Jakarta, Indonesia. His works have been published in Asymptote, The Johannesburg Review of Books, Ajar (Hanoi), Vice Indonesia, Kerja Tangan (Kuala Lumpur), Murmur, Selatan, Popteori, Vita Traductiva (Montréal), What’s Poetry?, Bung!, and others. His poetry book, “We Are Nowhere And It’s Wow”, was published by Post Press in 2017. He’s working on “mongrelz”, his second poetry collection, which will feature mostly codeswitching poems. He’s also working on a translation of Gratiagusti Chananya Rompas’s poetry collection, “Non-Spesifik.” His English version of “one by one the bodies died”, a poem from Non-Spesifik, won an Honourable Mention from the 2018 Hawker Prize for Southeast Asian Poetry. He is one of the winners of the 2018-19 Emerging Translator Mentorships Programme from the UK’s National Centre for Writing. He organizes Paviliun Puisi, a monthly open mic gig in Jakarta.
Anna Kahn is a Barbican Young Poet and a London Library Emerging Writer. She has gigged a lot. Her work has been published in journals (The Rialto, The London Magazine) and anthologies (Why Poetry: The Lunar Poetry Podcasts Anthology, The Dizziness of Freedom.)
Isha Karki is a writer and freelance editor living in London. Her short stories have appeared in Lightspeed Magazine, Mslexia and The Good Journal. Her work explores the intersection of gender, culture, race, and sexual violence and is informed by her Nepali immigrant experience. She can be found on Twitter: @IshaKarki11.
Daisy Lafarge is a writer, artist and editor based in Edinburgh. A pamphlet, understudies for air, was published by Sad Press in 2017 and selected as a book of the year by The White Review and The Poetry School. She received an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors in 2017 and was runner-up in the 2018 Edwin Morgan Poetry Award. Her work has been exhibited at Tate St Ives and Edinburgh Art Festival, amongst others. Daisy is currently writing about animals and diseases at the University of Glasgow. @janepaulette
Rebecca Liu writes essays and criticism on arts, politics, and pop culture. Her work has appeared in the Times Literary Supplement, the Guardian, and the Financial Times. She lives in London by way of Chicago and Hong Kong. She is a staff writer at Another Gaze and a digital assistant at Prospect Magazine. @becbecliuliu
So Mayer is a writer, activist and bookseller. Their most recent publications are <jacked a kaddish> (Litmus, 2018), Tender Questions (with Preti Taneja, Peninsula Press, 2018) and their ongoing tinyletter Disturbing Words. They are a member of queer feminist film curation collective Club des Femmes, and is a co-founder of Raising Films, a community and campaign for parents and carers in the film industry. They have work forthcoming in The White Review 25, Poetry Wales, At the Pond (Daunt Books) and Trans Love (Jessica Kingsley Publishers).
Zahrah Nesbitt-Ahmed is a Nigerian-Kittian, London-based senior technical advisor on women’s rights. Zahrah also blogs about literature from writers of African descent on bookshy, and co-hosts the literary podcast Not Another Book Podcast. You can find out more about her work on her website and blog. @zahrahnesbitt
Vanessa Pelz-Sharpe is a writer, born and bred in London. Working primarily within the creative non-fiction genre, she focuses on issues such as queer sexuality, chronic illness, Kim Kardashian, and millennial poverty. @sarcastathon
Alexandros Plasatis is an immigrant ethnographer who writes fiction in English, his second language. His work has appeared in American, UK, Canadian, and Indian magazines and anthologies. He lives with young unaccompanied asylum seekers in Loughborough. www.alexandrosplasatis.com
Gratiagusti Chananya Rompas has written two collections of poetry, “Kota Ini Kembang Api” and “Non-Spesifik”, both published by Gramedia Pustaka Utama in Indonesia. Her collection of personal essays, “Familiar Messes and Other Essays”, was published by Kepustakaan Populer Gramedia. A translation of one of her poems, “one by one the bodies died”, by Mikael Johani, received Honourable Mention from The 2018 Hawker Prize for Southeast Asian Poetry. She co-founded Komunitas BungaMatahari in 2000, one of the first online poetry communities in Indonesia, famous for its motto “Semua bisa berpuisi” (“Poetry for all”). She is now one of the organisers of Paviliun Puisi, a monthly poetry open mic in Jakarta. She is a WrICE Indonesia/Australia Writing Fellow for 2018 and has received a travelling grant from Indonesia’s National Book Committee and the Ministry of Education and Culture through the Indonesian Writing Residency 2018 program
Tori Truslow lives, writes, collaborates and schemes in London. Their writing has appeared in a few places, most recently Sidekick Books' interactive bat-based anthology Battalion, and has been shortlisted for the British Science Fiction Association Award. With Claire Trévien they co-run Verse Kraken, a series of adventurous creative writing retreats. They currently work as database manager for the charity Arts Emergency, and are helping develop a new advocacy project for disabled creative workers. @toritruslow
Lauren Vevers is a writer from and based in Newcastle upon Tyne. She writes poetry and creative non-fiction about memory, desire and loss. She runs creative writing workshops with youth and community groups in the North. She tweets at @LaurenVevers. http://www.laurenvevers.com
Kate Young is an award-winning food writer and cook. The Little Library Café, a collection of recipes inspired by her favourite books, was named Blog of the Year in 2017 by the Guild of Food Writers. Her first book, The Little Library Cookbook, was shortlisted for the Fortnum & Mason's debut food book award and won a World Gourmand food writing award. Kate writes about food and books for various publications in the UK, and is currently working on her second cookbook. She lives in the English countryside. @bakingfiction
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3 of Cups Press is a micropublisher dedicated to providing a platform for voices otherwise unheard in the mainstream. We have a vision for a more equal, more peaceful and more inclusive world, and aim to contribute towards this by championing voices and paying all contributors for their work.
Our board is made up of five dedicated people from across the publishing and arts world. We are currently all based around London. We have been featured in The Bookseller, BookBrunch and the Frankfurt Daily.
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