To Leave and to Be Left Behind: Five Dials launch

Five Dials 57, ‘To Leave and to Be Left Behind’, explores the imaginative space of the journey – where it can take us and how it can change us. Guest-edited by Sophie Mackintosh, it brings together a range of playful, intimate and risk-taking voices from across contemporary fiction and poetry. To celebrate the launch of this special issue, Sophie was joined in conversation by three of the magazine’s contributors – Rachael Allen, Bridget Minamore and Yara Rodrigues Fowler.

Five Dials is an online literary magazine published by Hamish Hamilton. It has been running for ten years and is always free. Subscribe to the magazine at

Sophie Mackintosh is the author of The Water Cure, which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2018 and won a Betty Trask Award in 2019. She also won the 2016 White Review Short Story Prize and the 2016 Virago/Stylist Short Story competition, and has been published in Granta and TANK magazine among others. Her second novel, Blue Ticket, will be published by Hamish Hamilton in August 2020.

Bridget Minamore is a British-Ghanaian writer from south-east London. She is a poet, editor, critic, and journalist, and works in TV production. Titanic (Out-Spoken Press), her debut pamphlet of poems on modern love and loss, was published in May 2016. She is currently working on a new book of poetry/prose, an extract of which was published in anthology New Daughters of Africa (Myriad) in 2019.

Rachael Allen’s first collection of poems, Kingdomland, is published by Faber. She is the co-author of a number of collaborative artists' books, including Nights of Poor Sleep with Marie Jacotey, and Almost One. Say Again! with JocJonJosch. She writes for ArtReview, TANK magazine and Music & Literature and is the poetry editor for Granta magazine and Granta Books. She currently a Burgess Fellow at The University of Manchester.

Yara Rodrigues Fowler is a writer from South London. Her first novel, Stubborn Archivist, was longlisted for the Desmond Eliot and Dylan Thomas Prizes, and Yara was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year 2019. She’s writing her second novel now, for which she received the Society of Authors’ John C Lawrence Award and was shortlisted for the Eccles Centre and Hay Festival Writers’ Award. Her essays and articles have been published in the Guardian, the New York Times, Vogue and other publications. Yara is also a trustee of Latin American Women’s Aid, an organisation that runs the only two refuges in Europe for and by Latin American women.

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