HOW TO BAKE A GINGERBREAD GIRL   BY EMMA SIMON

HOW TO BAKE A GINGERBREAD GIRL BY EMMA SIMON

HOW TO BAKE A GINGERBREAD GIRL   by Emma Simon Paint blue icing on her fingertips, fingers that could snap with cold, dipped into fridges and glass chillers placing cockleshell cakes in pretty rows. Tie back her hair, dress her in sexless tabards, dab with jam. Press...
Dragged Under  by Ian Humphreys

Dragged Under by Ian Humphreys

DRAGGED UNDER   by Ian Humphreys So many wet shaves in a lifetime. How many thousands and thousands?  So many ………….rituals at dawn’s bleached-bone altar, a falter of sharpened steel on skin. So much water               feel it slide...
Introducing our new pair of assistant editors

Introducing our new pair of assistant editors

We’re delighted to announce the next two assistant editors who will be taking part in our Editor Development Programme: Will Harris and Joanna Thompson.  They will be working with Michael and me (Fiona) on the next issue of The Rialto for early 2017 and will have...
Tristia   by Jacqueline Saphra

Tristia by Jacqueline Saphra

Tristia   by Jacqueline Saphra My friend, we’ve been anchored here for years arguing the toss: semi-colon versus the long dash, our views on Ovid’s Tristia though I haven’t read it, nor have you – and as the room rocks gently underneath us you pour for me a rare...
introducing the new Assistant Editors

introducing the new Assistant Editors

We can now announce our two new Assistant Editors: Edward Doegar and Degna Stone. We are delighted to have them, and they say they are thrilled and excited to be joining us. Here they are: Edward Doegar grew up in Hull and now lives in London. His poems, reviews and...
The Rialto at Aldeburgh – November 2015

The Rialto at Aldeburgh – November 2015

***STOP PRESS*** 3 November.  Helen Macdonald is now taking part in the Rialto-sponsored discussion ‘Language & Nature’ on Friday evening.  A chance to remember that she’s not only the award-winning author of H is for Hawk but also a powerful and...
Editing for The Rialto II – reading the poems

Editing for The Rialto II – reading the poems

When I opened the first yellow cardboard folder full of poems, I had no idea what I’d find.  That is still the case, though now I can make some guesses. I did have a couple of vague assumptions, probably derived from comments by competition judges and editors, notably...
Editing for The Rialto

Editing for The Rialto

The autumn issue has just arrived. This time it felt different: my name is on page 2, as one of the Assistant Editors (note the capitals), along with Abigail Parry.  We have got this job for the next two issues, winter and spring, under The Rialto’s Editor Development...