Welcome to Fruit!

We’re very excited to share issue 3 with you. Putting it together has been a slow but enjoyable process; choosing the cover art was the final step. We decided on a local artist, Ryan French whose vivid depiction of a queer utopia complements the writing that appears in this issue. While recognising the limitations that queers face, the authors in issue 3 often strive to contemplate an alternative, better future. For example, Monique Todd calls for a world where Black people can rest in public spaces. Vivien Holmes dwells on (and in) the bath, where bodies take on new meanings. Niven Govinden discusses his book This Brutal House, which pushes for a world where queer Black and Brown bodies are valued as much as their white counterparts. Though the present situation is especially challenging, we hope that this latest issue of Fruit will encourage readers to contemplate a different kind of world post-Covid. And we hope it gives you pleasure.

The Editors

Christopher Lloyd

Christopher Lloyd (he/him) is currently a Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Hertfordshire, UK. He has published widely on contemporary US culture. Christopher’s poetry has appeared in Impossible Archetype, —algia, Visual Verse and elsewhere. He’s at work on a first novel and a queer bestiary. He tweets @clloyd9.

Felix del Campo

Felix del Campo is a Spanish writer currently living in London. His writing explores the confusing space of translation, living memory and being lost between languages.

Monique Todd

Monique Todd is a writer interested in togetherness/separateness, holes and gaps. She founded Pleasure Principles, an independent publishing platform tracking desire formations. Pleasure Principles has exhibited at Strange Perfume (South London Gallery, 2019), LESBIANNALE (ICA, 2019) and Mal Journal x Hard to Read: Class Acts (Mimosa House Gallery, 2019). Pleasure Principle’s debut release was Black Sex in the Archives (2019) — a foldout A3 zine map locating sites and projects in London that centred black desire, intimacy, sexual health and connection.

Vivien Holmes

Vivien Holmes is a new writer based in Manchester. Her published debut ‘CircuitJammer’ is forthcoming in Speculative Masculinities from Galli Books in early 2021, and her self-published work can be found here and here.

Yas Necati

Yas Necati is a writer and performance poet based in London. They explore themes of queer and trans identity, migrant identity, mental health, recovery, community and resistance in their writing. They are part of London Queer Writers, and recently set up writing groups for people of colour. When they are not immersed in poetry, they campaign on gender-based and queer based-rights, run workshops on self care, and occasionally perform as their drag act alter-ego, Turkish pop star Tarkan.

Ruth Horsfall

Ruth is a writer living in the UK, but grew up a settler on the unceded land of the Wiradjuri people. She has conventional interests such as reading and writing poetry, and Harry Styles.

Matt Kennedy

Matt Kennedy (he/him) is a poet, activist and boxer from Cork, Ireland. He has been involved in activism pertaining to trans liberation, trans healthcare and reproductive justice for the past 5 years and is dedicated to anti-capitalist grassroots action. His master’s thesis involved a queer autoethnographic exploration of his own trans masculinity and catalysed his PhD in University College Dublin on Transnormativity and the Everyday Lifeworlds of Young Trans Individuals in Ireland. Instagram: @doormattttttttt

Lotte Reford

Lotte Mitchell Reford is a Glasgow-based poet, writer and editor. She has previously had work published in, among other places, The Moth, Cosmonauts Avenue, Hobart, Pilot Press’ Modern Queer Poets anthology, New Writing Scotland and Copper Nickel. Her first Pamphlet, and we were so far from the sea of course the hermit crabs were dead is upcoming from Broken Sleep Books.

Lew Furber

Lew Furber is a writer, classical guitarist, and guitar teacher. His work has most recently appeared in Clavmag and Capsule Stories, and in 2020 he was longlisted for the Galley Beggar Press Short Story Prize. Find him on Twitter: @LewFurber