Lydia Hounat

Lydia Hounat is a British-Algerian writer and photographer. Her work has appeared in HOBART and Spontaneous Poetics. The forthcoming issue of Copy: A Magazine of Recycled Materials from Wasted Books will also feature one of her pieces. Lydia publishes criticism of contemporary literature at LITBITCH and edits interdisciplinary art at SOBER. She was recently the Poet-in-Residence at Manchester Metropolitan University’s Special Collections Archives. She studies Writing at the Royal College of Art in London.


Inspired by Martianism, Hounat’s poetic writing simulates the feeling of a woman’s alienation from her body as she first experiences morning sickness.


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