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Spotlight Site: Spitalfields Life

“There is a dream-like quality to Spitalfields Life. As you are drawn into it, you feel as though you are leaving behind the brightly-coloured East End of the present, and stepping into the black-and-white East End that we know from photographs of a hundred years ago…”
Robert Cottrell continues his series on the best of the web.

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Poem of the Week

a dua for the masses

“This is… for you who cut yourselves open to feel something already lost, /for you who skip prayers to smoke…”
Poem of the Week (September 28), by Redscar McOdindo K’Oyuga

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Anthology 2014

The best we've published in 2014 Buy Now

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Spotlight Site: Spitalfields Life

“There is a dream-like quality to Spitalfields Life. As you are drawn into it, you feel as though you are leaving behind the brightly-coloured East End of the present, and stepping into the black-and-white East End that we know from photographs of a hundred years ago…”
Robert Cottrell continues his series on the best of the web.

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Spotlight Site: Wait But Why

“Its secret sauce is, I think, optimism. A better world is available to us if only we can do the math…”
Robert Cottrell’s website of the week is ‘Wait But Why’.

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Voices in Verse Vol. 1: ‘I Don’t Know What It Means To Be A Pakistani’

Farda Ali Khan performs her poem, ‘I Don’t Know What It Means To Be A Pakistani’. In a close competition, she placed third in a competition that showcased the talents of young poets under 30, from backgrounds as diverse as medicine, computer science and engineering, and the literary arts. The poem examines the shifting sands of culture against a backdrop of fragile patriotism.

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Voices in Verse Vol. 1: ‘When Your Body Smiles’

Finalist and winner Orooj-e-Zafar performs her winning poem, ‘When Your Body Smiles’. She tied with Risham Amjad when the panel of judges that included poet and TMS contributor Ilona Yusuf and the magazine’s Editor-in-Chief, was undecided on who to give the final prize to. Her poem speaks to the importance of being true to who you are and the daily struggle of being comfortable in your own skin.