Callum McAllister is a writer, bookseller and musician from Bristol, UK.
He is assistant editor of The Cardiff Review.



As assistant editor of The Cardiff Review I read and edit our fiction submissions, assist with our features and interviews, and am wholly responsible for curating our criticism.

I offer freelance editorial, proof-reading and copywriting services on commission.


Behind the Desk no. 13 | Emma Glass in conversation with Callum McAllister

An Interview with Prabda Yoon | Entropy Magazine, October 2018

Behind the Desk no. 6 | Iain Reid in conversation with Callum McAllister

Behind the Desk no. 8 | Thomas Morris in conversation with Callum McAllister

Behind the Desk no. 10 | Kim Moore in conversation with Callum McAllister


On Writing Comics: An Essay About the Craft” | The Cardiff Review

Ursula Le Guin: A Beginner's Guide” | The Cinnamon Bun

Whatever Happened to the Women's Science Fiction Press” | The Cinnamon Bun

'Not to Read' is Essential for Readers and Writers Everywhere” | The Cinnamon Bun


“Callum McAllister reviews HISTORY. A MESS. by Sigrún Pálsdóttir”| Asymptote

An abridged version of the above review was published as part of Asymptote’s July book club, alongside an interview with translator Lytton Smith

“The Choir of Man: Max Porter’s ‘Lanny’ Wants You to Listen”| The Millions

“Allegory and abuse in Fiona Benson’s Vertigo & Ghost”| The Cardiff Review

CoDex 1962 by Sjón | Full Stop Magazine 

Night Sky With Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong | issue 7 of The Cardiff Review

Abandon by Sangeeta Bandyopadhyay | The Cardiff Review

Ergasy by Christopher Cornwell | issue 10 of The Cardiff Review

Winter by Ali Smith | issue 9 of The Cardiff Review


My story, "The Smog Geist," was published in book five of The Ghastling


I was awarded the James Patterson Young Bookseller Special Achievement Award in 2019

My column, "Literary Links of Note," for The Cardiff Review's blog

"What We're Reading: Women in Translation" | The Cardiff Review

"What We're Reading: Halloween Reads" | The Cardiff Review

"On 2017" | The Cardiff Review

"Going to Iceland": A long-form personal essay

"Year of Books" | The Cardiff Review

"2018 Year in Culture" | The Cardiff Review

“Midnight Coffee,” My Blog


"Call in Sick" by Toodles & the Hectic Pity, pressed on 12" vinyl and released by Invisible Llama Music in 2017.

Our next record is a five-track EP provisionally titled “Ghosts, Guilt, Grandparents” and will be released in Autumn 2019.


For commissions, freelance work, or enquiries, see my Freelance Rates or contact me via email.