By Stella Backhouse | […] it’s hugely to Andrea Mbarushimana’s credit that she has not only confronted an urban phenomenon so unpalatable that most of us would prefer to not even think about it; but has turned it into a metaphor for modern life. Fatbergs is a mixed collection, embracing snapshots of 2020’s lockdowns along with poems about sex, childhood experiences and nature […]
Welcome to May! The HCE magazine team have created another list of literary open mics, events and workshops to help you plan for the weeks ahead. You can stay virus-free AND enjoy your favourite gigs. […]
Is your poem overwritten or underwritten? An advice article on the editing of poems, from guest writer Tina Sederholm.
Reviewed by Stella Backhouse | Thanks to the pandemic, many of us are now wearyingly familiar with what Cohen calls “a contraction of life, and an almost parallel contraction of mental capacity”; yet at the same time, as Sastry captures in the poem ‘Thirty-two lines on loss’, the cautious inching back to ‘normality’ fills us with […]
Colin Wells, multiple poetry slam finalist and winner of the 2019 Shrewsbury Festival of Literature Slam, was our Fire & Dust headliner in April 2021. We caught up with him after the gig, to ask a few questions…
Welcome to April! The HCE magazine team have created another list of virtual literary open mics, events and workshops, to help you plan for the weeks ahead. Stay virus-free AND enjoy your favourite gigs. […]
This piece of flash fiction by Emma Evans was written after (and inspired by) attending HCE’s launch event for The Green Issue.
By Stella Backhouse | Romalyn Ante’s 2020 meditation on the struggles and longings of migrant Filipino healthcare workers adjusting to life in dark, wintery Britain. The collection shines a welcome light on a too-often overlooked community, whose hard work and dedication to keeping the NHS afloat – both before the pandemic and even more so now […]
By Emma Evans | Here, I want to look at writing settings in a slightly different way, or rather, look at aspects of setting you may not have considered in depth, which may help characterise settings further. I’ve chosen two points to focus on today, in particular, and hopefully they will be useful for you to put into practise when considering setting in your own pieces of writing. […]
INTERVIEW: FIRE & DUST MEETS SPECIAL K “Poetry is the way a woman snuggles into the spoon of her lover's embrace, while she sleeps… Poetry is addiction – it'll have you feening for snaps and claps, always taking you back to your first time… So puff, puff,...