The Letters Page

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A literary journal in letters

The Letters Page is a correspondence-themed literary journal with the written letter as its primary form.

Published three times a year, each issue is available as a free downloadable PDF. 

A limited-edition annual printed version will also be available to purchase.   

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  • If you’ve already had time to appreciate the wonderful letters of Issue Four, you may recognise Togara Muzanehamo’s name. The Zimbabwean poet is featured in the latest issue of The Letters Page, and we were thrilled to show off his work to all of you. 

    The Letters Page editorial office recently met Togara at Five Leaves Bookshop in Nottingham, where he was reading from his latest collection of poetry, Gumiguru. Togara very kindly agreed to chat with us about The Letters Page, letter writing, and literary magazines.

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    What drew you to The Letters Page? Why did you submit?

    I think the subject of the issue was quite pertinent to me because it [covers] separations. In Zimbabwe I separate my time between living on the farm and living with my partner.

    What does letter writing mean to you?

    It is a very important thing to me because, although it’s dying out now with [the popularity of] emails, I normally take time to write to friends I haven’t spoken to for a long time. It’s a way of dealing with time when you can’t actually do any creative writing, so it’s one thing that opens my mind and frees me up. If I’ve got writer’s block then I’ll sit down and write a letter to someone I haven’t spoken to in a long time.

    You’ve been published in literary magazines before. Do you think getting published in literary magazines is important for writers?

    It’s been important to me because it’s a starting point to not really judging the merit of a poem but you know that you’re starting at a point which is outside from you. I’ve always looked at publishing a poem as the first point of actually editing it towards getting it into an actual collection.

    Would you advise other writers to publish in literary magazines?

    That’s up to them. Some writers don’t even publish in magazines. I’d advise them to buy them and read them, that’s where you start to see what’s happening in the world. You engage with other writers, you see what their doing, they’ll give you other ideas. That’s why I would be interested in a magazine, to find out what the world of literature is looking at, because that is the first point you will have new writers or established writers showing their new work. 

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    Togara reading from his latest collection, Gumiguru.

    The Letters Page editorial office would like to thank Togara for agreeing to the interview and providing such enlightening answers to our questions. We would also like to instruct all of our blog readers to run to your local bookshop and buy Gumiguru as soon as you possibly can. 

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