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Books: Collated in lockdown, The Mays 28 is a gem

Famous for launching the career of Zadie Smith - she won her first publishing deal on the strength of a short story in the 1997 edition - The Mays Anthology has been showcasing the best student prose, poetry and art to come out of Cambridge and Oxford for 28 years.

Collated during lockdown, this year’s iteration is a particular gem: guest edited by Turner Prize-winning Columbian artist Oscar Murillo and Philippe Sands, the French/British writer and lawyer, it contains a brilliantly eclectic selection of nine short stories, 23 poems and 23 artworks, entertaining and arresting by turns.

With previous editors including Patti Smith, Nick Cave, Ted Hughes, Stephen Fry and Sir Philip Pullman, every issue is a little piece of literary history; The Mays 28, born in the time of coronavirus, even more so.

The Mays 28 (37190258)
The Mays 28 (37190258)

* The Mays 28 is out now in paperback, published by Varsity and priced £13 at book stores and themaysanthology.co.uk/purchase

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