Welcome to the very first edition of all the sins.
Back in July, during our inaugural call, we set artists a challenge: to embrace Roald Dahl’s subversive, joyful, entertaining, terrifying art and to particularly embrace his willingness to have his art interact with that of illustrator Quentin Blake. We wanted work that was engaging, exciting, of the highest quality and sinful in all the right ways. The submissions did not disappoint. In this edition, you’ll find visual artwork responding to poetry, a Twitter-fuelled poemphoto, audio poems and some good old-fashioned storytelling. The art is brave in how it crosses boundaries – be they boundaries of geography, genre, or form. It embraces the opportunities offered by the internet and then pushes art farther.
We hope you enjoy these pieces as much as we do, and that, perhaps, they might even inspire you to get creative and submit your own work in response.
Below you’ll find a list of all our inaugural writers, poets and visual/performance artists so that you can explore this first issue in your own way. But, if you’re feeling adventurous, take a journey we’ve designed through the works by hitting the ‘try this’ button at the end of each piece to move you through the magazine.
We hope you enjoy this edition.
Sinéad and Lisa
The Date – Simon Banos
Brilliant Moonbeam – Meghan Barrett
Crassostrea virginica – Meghan Barrett
45 Tonnes of Love – Lucy Furlong
Harvest Moon – Alex Hales
Like Braille – Alex Hales
A Story of Before – Lanna Joffrey
Boy – Rachel Plummer
Selkie – Rachel Plummer
Wine Drinking (Orange Dubai) Joe Stevens
A Glint of Gold – Clio Velentza
Last of the Fool – Giles Ward
Half-Term Holiday – Nik Way