REVIEW: JANE BURN’S ‘BE FEARED’

REVIEW: JANE BURN’S ‘BE FEARED’

Taken as a whole, Be Feared is a wide-ranging confessional that covers a number of aspects of Burn’s life including love of horses, motherhood, body image, the enduring legacy of the Methodist Christianity of her youth and the realisation that she is bi-sexual. It abounds with striking imagery, particularly around the freedom represented by birds and the natural world […]

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INTERVIEW: FIRE AND DUST MEETS CATHY CARSON

INTERVIEW: FIRE AND DUST MEETS CATHY CARSON

Cathy Carson is a cancer nurse, a counsellor and a spoken word performer from County Down in Northern Ireland. On 11th November, Cathy headlined at our virtual Fire & Dust poetry gig. We caught up with her after the event, to ask a few questions…

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INTERVIEW: ANTONY OWEN RETURNS TO FIRE & DUST

INTERVIEW: ANTONY OWEN RETURNS TO FIRE & DUST

Antony Owen is an award-winning Coventry poet and the author of eight published poetry books since 2009. On 4th November, Antony returned as a headliner at our Fire & Dust poetry gig. We caught up with him after the event, to ask a few questions…

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REVIEW: JACQUELINE SAPHRA’S ‘ONE HUNDRED LOCKDOWN SONNETS’

REVIEW: JACQUELINE SAPHRA’S ‘ONE HUNDRED LOCKDOWN SONNETS’

Reviewed by Stella Backhouse | The turns of phrase, the London settings, the incidental surrealism and the now-aftermath of epochal events – all of them put me in mind of Eliot. Nervous readers should not, however, be put off. Unlike the famously ‘difficult’ Waste Land, Saphra’s collection is accessible and relatable. We all lived through lockdown. […]

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November 2021 Round-up: Online Literary Events

November 2021 Round-up: Online Literary Events

November has arrived and, sadly, COVID-19 has not yet vanished. The HCE magazine team have created another list of online literary open mics, events and workshops, to help you plan for the weeks ahead. Don’t miss out…

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INTERVIEW: FIRE & DUST MEETS BETH HARTLEY

INTERVIEW: FIRE & DUST MEETS BETH HARTLEY

Beth Hartley is a poet based in Ely in Cambridgeshire. Her debut poetry collection ‘What If Stars’ was published in 2021 by Allographic. On 14th October 2021, Beth was the guest headliner at our virtual Fire & Dust poetry night. We caught up with her after the gig, to ask a few questions…

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INTERVIEW: FIRE & DUST MEETS MUSENGA KATONGO

INTERVIEW: FIRE & DUST MEETS MUSENGA KATONGO

Poet and author Musenga Katongo (from Lusaka, Zambia) joined us as guest headliner for the BBC’s Contains Strong Language Festival 2021. We caught up with Musenga after the event, to ask a few questions…

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Writing Advice: Tips for Staying Motivated

Writing Advice: Tips for Staying Motivated

By Emma Evans | To help us out with staring at the dreaded blank screens and notebooks, I have put together some tips to write one more page and stay motivated to finish what you’re writing.

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REVIEW: GEORGE TTOOULI’S ‘FROM ANIMAL ILLICIT’

REVIEW: GEORGE TTOOULI’S ‘FROM ANIMAL ILLICIT’

By Stella Backhouse | So how to describe a collection that potentially regards description as a kind of violation? Well, starting on (relatively) stable ground, I think it’s fair to call this ‘nature poetry’. Ttoouli is clearly inspired by the natural world, and explores his broader themes against a background of human/nature interplay/breakdown. […]

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Virtual Events: October 2021 Round-Up

Virtual Events: October 2021 Round-Up

*Cue spooky music* October is here! The HCE magazine team have created another list of online literary open mics, events and workshops to help you plan for the weeks ahead. Don’t miss out on taking part. Why not see this as an opportunity to “travel” far and wide to attend events overseas, while they’re still easily accessible?

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