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Portside Review launches its eighth issue

Guest edited by Sampurna Chattarji, this issue features a number of new and known writers from India.

December 13, 2022

Centre for Stories’ digital journal Portside Review launched its eighth and final issue for 2022. Guest edited by Sampurna Chattarji, this issue features a number of new and known voices and ideas from talented writers in India. Sampurna is a poet, fiction writer, editor, teacher, and translator. She is also a committee member for Portside Review, and friend of the Centre for Stories.

This issue is all about the endangered: “Be it entire species, ecosystems, or ways of life; be it civil liberties, languages, livelihoods, or even locations – we are under threat like never before,” says our guest editor Sampurna Chattarji. In this issue, we explore these topics and themes to hope for a better future. Our managing editor Robert Wood underlines: “that hope might come to pass right here in these pages, with these words. To make continents of foam and spray, to pick up whispers, to cast out messages in bottles. All as a way to connect, to manifest our reality on the land’s edge, where the crabs crawl and the seaweed arrives with its own stories to tell.”⁠

Members can now Log In and access the full issue, ready for you to read and take in. If you’re not a member, no worries, we have a small select pieces available for free (for a limited time) via Free Reads.

A special thanks to our contributors who made this issue so special: Aditi Angiras, Akhil Katyal, Anahita Sarabhai, Andrew Biles, Angshu Dasgupta, Annie Zaidi, Avner Pariat, Devika Rege, Easterine Kire, Geetanjali Shree, Goirick Brahmachari, Hemant Divate, Hollis Coats, Jeet Thayil, Karthika Nair, M P Pratheesh, Mamta Sagar, Manya Joshi, Mustansir Dalvi, Nabanita Kanungo, Nancy Adajania, Pervin Saket, Piya Srinivasan, Ranjit Hoskote, Ranjit Lal, Rumi Harish, Rushati Mukherjee, Sampurna Chattarji, Sanjeev Khandekar, Shalim Hussain, Shalmalee Palekar, Smita Dalvi, Sukhada Tatke.

And thank you to our illustrator, Lily Nie of Paperlily Studios and photographer Menty Jamir. Check out their work below.

Photo: Menty Jamir
Illustration: Paperlily Studio

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