ISSUES IN REVIEWING

ISSUES IN REVIEWING

By Stella Backhouse | […] writing reviews does raise questions – sometimes in social media discussions, sometimes in my own mind. Below, I try to answer some of them. I’m always interested to know what readers think of the reviews. Do they tell you what you want to know? Are they pitched at the right level? Are they too safe? […]

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REVIEW: TINA SEDERHOLM’S ‘THIS IS NOT THERAPY’

REVIEW: TINA SEDERHOLM’S ‘THIS IS NOT THERAPY’

Reviewed by Stella Backhouse | While ‘This Is Not Therapy’ is a mixed collection that tempers Big Questions poetry about life, the universe and everything (I use the phrase advisedly: at least two poems are overtly inspired by The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) with smaller canvases that revel in the relief offered by everyday joys, it is also about […]

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REVIEW: ROY MCFARLANE’S ‘LIVING BY TROUBLED WATERS’

REVIEW: ROY MCFARLANE’S ‘LIVING BY TROUBLED WATERS’

Reviewed by Stella Backhouse | I hope Roy McFarlane’s new collection Living By Troubled Waters will be taught in schools. It deserves to be – indeed, it needs to be – for a number of important reasons. Amongst these I would list its uncompromising […]

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Coventry-Dresden Twin Cities Poetry Exchange 2022

Coventry-Dresden Twin Cities Poetry Exchange 2022

The first ever Dresden-Coventry Poetry Exchange has been happening in 2022! As part of this exchange, four poets representing the Dresden scene will soon be joining a Coventry (and beyond!) audience online for a Fire&Dust special…

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REVIEW: KATY WAREHAM MORRIS’ ‘VIOLET EXISTENCE’

REVIEW: KATY WAREHAM MORRIS’ ‘VIOLET EXISTENCE’

Reviewed by Stella Backhouse | Katy Wareham Morris says of her poems in new collection ‘Violet Existence’: “they represent the pervasive nature of my Imposter Syndrome: an imposter in my own body, family, work and the world. And of course, in the ‘world of poetry’. […]

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SPOOKY INDIE READS

SPOOKY INDIE READS

By Eve Volungeviciute | For those who like reading according to the time of the year and those who genuinely love creepy books, HCE’s Eve has compiled a list of titles and synopses that should satisfy your cravings. […]

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REVIEW: STEFAN MOHAMED’S ‘FAREWELL TOUR’

REVIEW: STEFAN MOHAMED’S ‘FAREWELL TOUR’

Reviewed by Stella Backhouse | The premise of Farewell Tour is a road-trip across a parody of England, ending at the coast “where you will park the car/and with much ceremony/hurl yourself into the waiting arms of the sea.” The participants are mysterious. There’s someone who […]

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Eve’s Ranking: Mythological Monsters

Eve’s Ranking: Mythological Monsters

Welcome to spooky season! Scary creatures of all kinds from various cultures have been subjects of many books, movies, TV shows, plays and so on. But what constitutes as scary? Eve Volungeviciute has hunted down some monsters and shares her ranking with us, from mildly creepy to outright terrifying…

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REVIEW: BOBBY PARKER’S ‘HONEY MONSTER’

REVIEW: BOBBY PARKER’S ‘HONEY MONSTER’

By Stella Backhouse | Bobby Parker’s 2022 collection ‘Honey Monster’ documents his working-class background and the bleak discourse of poverty, addiction, casual violence, mental illness and sexual abuse that formed the cruel narratives of both his child and adult lives. The contents matter-of-factly recount tragi-comic realities that should not seem normal, such as moving the gun on the kitchen table to […]

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