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‘Family hyperbole suggests I used to speak only in rhyme, for days at a time. To precocity, sadly, attention gets paid and I wrote to get noticed.’

Donny O’Rourke finds himself in the book-blessed town of Ullapool in May, celebrating the bonfires and bluebells of the Celtic Beltane festival.

Chris Arthur reflects on the inspirations of his ‘odd-object’ essays, and considers the popularity of this particular form and the most important aspect of oddness within it.