Lacuna la-kū’na  n. a gap, a hiatus

Lacuna is an online magazine that challenges indifference to suffering and promotes human rights. Its aim is to fill the gap between the short-term immediacy of daily journalism and long-term academic analysis. It publishes credible, accessible and compelling content that enables concerned readers to gain a better understanding of a particular issue. It stimulates ideas for action and provides resources for those who wish to look deeper than may be possible through mainstream media. And it gives space and assistance to new writers and those who want to speak for themselves.

Lacuna provides commentary, reportage and expert analysis that uncovers issues of injustice and human rights abuses. We review the best books, articles, films, music, art, theatre connected to these issues; bring to life the wider and deeper aspects of a specific theme of justice; offer stimulus, advice and ideas for writing and campaigning for human rights; and encourage and support unheard voices. All forms of writing and visual art will be considered: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, film, animation, photography.

Lacuna is produced by the Centre for Human Rights in Practice at the University of Warwick. It is funded, in part, by the Warwick Impact Fund and the ESRC’s Impact Acceleration Account.

Want to write for Lacuna? Read our guidelines for submissions.

The Team

Maureen Freely

Maureen Freely is Lacuna’s Editorial Advisor. She is the director of the Warwick Writing Programme and best known as the translator of the Turkish Nobel Laureate, Orhan Pamuk.  Her seventh novel, Sailing through Byzantium, was chosen by the Sunday Times as one of the ten best novels of 2013. She works closely with English PEN on the politics of free expression.

Mary Griffin

Mary Griffin is the editor of Lacuna and the Writing Wrongs project officer at the Centre for Human Rights in Practice. Specialising in development journalism she has reported from Burkina Faso, Bangladesh, Kenya, Malawi, Pakistan, Bosnia, Somalia and Iraq. She was a finalist in the Guardian International Development Journalism Competition and won the Felix Dearden Reporting on Race prize at the UK Regional Press Awards.

James Harrison

James Harrison is one of the editors of Lacuna. He is an Associate Professor (Reader) at the University of Warwick and Co-Director of the Centre for Human Rights in Practice. You can follow his blog and comment on this article at jamesharrisonblog.wordpress.com. Please email him at at J.Harrison.3@warwick.ac.uk. or follow him on Twitter @JamesNHarrison

Ellie Jenkins

Ellie Jenkins completed her MA in English at Warwick in 2016 and currently works in the International Department of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

Abby Kendrick

Abby Kendrick trained as an economist and is now a Doctoral Researcher based at the University of Warwick working in the area of economic and social human rights. Abby manages digital content and video production for Lacuna.

Jack McGowan

Jack McGowan is a performance poet, spoken word facilitator and researcher. He has recently completed his PhD in English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick where he is a part-time tutor for the Warwick Writing Programme. He has performed poetry at a number of high profile events across the UK and his poetry has been published in online and print anthologies. He currently directs Shoot From the Lip, a spoken-word collective based in the West Midlands.

Rebecca Omonira-Oyekanmi

Rebecca Omonira-Oyekanmi is a freelance journalist and writer-in-residence at Lacuna. Her reporting on immigration and asylum across the European Union was shortlisted for the 2012 George Orwell Prize for Political Writing (blog category). Her collection of work on austerity and the impact on people’s lives was shortlisted for the 2015 George Orwell Prize for Political Writing, this time in the journalism category. In 2012 Rebecca published Gardens, a collaboration with photographer Christina Theisen, which documents pockets of environmental and social activism in London.

Andrew Williams

Andrew Williams is Lacuna’s Editor in Chief. He teaches law and creative writing at the University of Warwick and is the author of ‘A Very British Killing: the Death of Baha Mousa’ that won the George Orwell Prize for Political Writing in 2013. The book tells the story of a murder in Basra in 2003, for which no one has yet been brought to justice.

Publicity Team

Gurpreet Dhaliwal

Gurpreet Dhaliwal won the Writing Wrongs Schools’ Competition for her essay on the potential exploitation of refugees by human traffickers. She is interested in human rights and mass surveillance, and she is an assistant editor at Lacuna.