Why Swerve? Firstly, in homage to Verve Magazine, a literary journal that was published in Paris in the 1930s and, secondly, because the title encapsulates the sudden change of direction in our lives during lockdown. Swerve’s designer, Mich Maroney, owns a copy of the last issue of Verve that came out of France in 1940 during WW2, just before the fall of Paris. It is a treasured possession and was the inspiration for the format of the magazine that seeks to give equal weight to the visual image. It is a savage irony that Swerve is being launched as we watch in disbelief whilst Europe is once again threatened by totalitarianism and war. We feel that the arts are crucial in countering this spirit of destruction and nationalistic inward-looking. It is our aim to publish new and emerging writing but another, equally important, ambition is to publish works in translation. It seems essential that the arts should strive to build bridges, foster understanding and transcend boundaries and it is our intention that future issues of Swerve Magazine will contribute to this ethos. We hope to achieve it by emphasizing translated works by international writers and, in conjunction with powerful visual images, create an impactful experience for our readers.
Assumpta Curran is a writer, composer and pianist, originally from Kerry, who now lives and works in Cork. She feels honoured to belong to the Cork Prose Collective that she...Read More
Janet Heeran writes about rural life in all its complexity. She lives on a farm in North Cork and is a regular contributor to RTE Radio 1 Countrywide. Her work...Read More
Jordan McCarthy is a writer from Youghal, currently living and working in Cork city. His writing has featured in the Irish Examiner, The Echo, East Cork Journal, Café Lit, Poetry...Read More
Matthew Geden was born and brought up in the English Midlands, moving to Kinsale in 1990. His work has been featured in many anthologies, journals and magazines. He has published...Read More
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