Whilst European literature is our bread-and-butter, and we will never stray far from it, in 2015 we encountered a challenge. There were books we wanted to see written – urgent, contemporary fiction – that we couldn’t find. Working only with translations meant that if we wanted to publish something on a specific subject, but couldn’t find anything in Finland or Spain, let’s say, we were stuck. So we decided we needed to launch a new series, in which we would work closely with writers, and commission fiction on current political topics.
Peirene Now! No. 1
breach by Olumide Popoola & Annie Holmes
breach was published in August 2016. Based on interviews undertaken by the authors at the Calais refugee camp known as The Jungle, the short stories in breach tackle an issue we can no longer ignore. For more information, click here.
Peirene Now! No. 2
The Cut by Anthony Cartwright
The Cut was published in June 2017. It is a Brexit novel. The story offers a fictional response to a complex issue. It is also a plot-driven page-turner by one of the most exciting novelists in the country. For more information, click here.
Peirene Now! No. 3
A collaborative novel commissioned by Peirene, written by nine refugee writers from the Shatila refugee camp in Beirut.
Most novels are written by professionals using second hand material. Not this one. The editors have taken nine refugees, taught them the basics of creative writing, and asked them to tell their “Shatila Stories”. The result is a miracle – a piece of collaborative fiction unlike any other. If you want to understand the chaos of the Middle East – or you just want to follow the course of a beautiful love story – start here. For more information, click here.