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NWR Issue 99

NWR 100 Preview 3

NWR's landmark hundredth issue publishes a week Saturday, 25 May. Here is our third teaser-taster; subscribe now to read the full story by securing your copy, available in print, app & epub formats.

From ‘The Anatomy of a Beating’, João Morais, NWR 100:

‘It’s chest and triceps day. There ain’t nothing better than a good session on a rusty bar. You know you’ve had a good workout when you look down at your palms and it looks like you’ve been slathering yourself in fake tan. After smashing it down the gym, I take my usual shortcut back through the park. Sat on the altar in the middle of the stone circle is the usual mixture of moshers and alkies, enjoying the first bit of warm Easter weather. It’s one of those times of the day when my abs disappear under the swell from being twelve hundred calories heavier post-workout. But I can still get away with an extra small T-shirt, as long as I breathe in.’

João Morais is studying for a PHD in Creative Writing at Cardiff University. A nominee for the 2009 Rhys Davies Short Story Competition, he won the Terry Hetherington Award for young writers this year, and last month his poem ‘Oedipus Rex’ was shortlisted for the Percy French Prize for Comic Poetry. ‘Oedipus Rex’, NWR online exclusive.


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