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Hello! And welcome to the very first issue of Minus 9 Squared, where, though you might think the opposite, we know positively nothing about maths and even less about everything else. We do, evidently, like Cabaret though. Everything about M9S has come together ever so swimmingly over the past month. We have been inundated with submissions and have bought shares in Panadol for the headaches we suffered while trying to whittle them down to something manageable. To those whose work is published, congratulations, we hope this sets you on your merry way towards fame, fortune and the plugging our good selves whenever you get the chance. To those we haven't published, don't feel too badly about it, the standard of work we got was so high that it was almost impossible to leave work out but alas, we simply had to. The spacing fairy with the scissors and the dour demeanour was giving us the evils...

There’s a little bit of everything in this first issue. In addition to our short fiction, poetry and photography, we also have some stunning visual art and even a travel guide should any of us come into some money and decide to jet off somewhere warm. In a way, Place is a particularly good theme for this first Issue of Minus 9 Squared. Despite what our glorious front cover displays, Place is not just about the physical entity, it’s about our own place within that entity, and we have found that a number of our contributors are not sure about theirs. We hope that, if nothing else, this magazine gets people to think about these things. We hope you enjoy this first issue, add us to your download list and ensure that we aren't just a one hit wonder. Anna Hayes Editor

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CONTENTS . . . Photography Aran Bird

Orla McGovern

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Bullock Harbour

Anthony Fortune

10

Devil In The Detail

Souljacker Ltd

19

Life In The Big City

Gerard Lough

18

South Korea

Paul Staunton

26

Plum

Ciara Burke

4

This Number Does Not Exist

Ben Gwalchmai

4

Delusions of Grandeur

Michael Fogarty

10

Chaos To Silence

Francis Reilly

11

The Space

Ed Harris

12

Concrete

Mark Lonergan

24

Negligence & Punishment

Steven Brennan

25

Battlefields Dead

Sarah Page

25

You Enter The Woods

Alexandra Watson

29

On Bridges

Michael Naghten Shanks

30

Poetry

1


Short Fiction The City Speaks

AJ Kirby

5

That Night at the Manos de Dios (An Extract)

Michael Wendling

22

Double Negatives

Anna Hayes

13

The Secret Tree

Rebecca Long

27

Sean Tyler

8

Persephone

Liela Peacock

3

No Place Like Home

Vicky Lennie

16

Lisboa

Pedro Rodrigues

20

Untitled Artwork

Gary Meynell

30

Theatre Waiting On The Z-Train

Visual Arts

2


Persephone

3


Plum

This Number Does Not Exist

4


The City Speaks By AJ Kirby Alan

5


6


If

Aran Bird -

7


Waiting On

Times Square, New York

8

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Photograph by Sean Tyler


The

Z Train

Extracts from ‘Waiting on the Z Train’ a play by Sean Tyler

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Bullock Harbour From "The Last Polaroids of Dublin" By Anthony Fortune

Delusions of Grandeur

10


Chaos To Silence

11


The Space

12


Double Negatives By Anna Hayes

It’s three o’clock in the morning. Leave me alone.

To dream of losing teeth is a sign that a marriage proposal will go awry. Goodnight.

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14


15


16


17


Life In The Big City By Gerard Lough

18


Devil In The Detail

by The Ambience Affair

19


20


21


That Night at th By Mike Wendling

22


he Mano de Dios

An Extract

23


Concrete

24


Negligence and Punishment

Battlefields Dead

25


South Korea

26


The Secret Tree By Rebecca Long

27


28


You Enter The Woods

29


On Bridges

30


Contributors

Front Cover: Pedro Rodrigues

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Minus 9 Squared Arts Zine  

Issue One of new literary venture Minus 9 Squared. Focusing on the theme of Place, Issue One includes poetry, prose, photography and visua...

Minus 9 Squared Arts Zine  

Issue One of new literary venture Minus 9 Squared. Focusing on the theme of Place, Issue One includes poetry, prose, photography and visua...

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