ONLINE EVENTS: AUGUST 2021

ONLINE EVENTS: AUGUST 2021

August is just around the bend! 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. […]

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REVIEW: MARTIN HAYES’ ‘OX’

REVIEW: MARTIN HAYES’ ‘OX’

By Stella Backhouse | Whereas ‘The Things Our Hands Once Stood For’ spoke openly and unequivocally about working conditions in the offices of a London courier company, ‘Ox’, which deals with many of the same issues, is allegory. This is a collection whose identity has been shaped not by telling-it-like-it-is, but by what-cannot-be-spoken. […]

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6 HOSTS: WHAT WE’VE LEARNT FROM VIRTUAL GIGS

6 HOSTS: WHAT WE’VE LEARNT FROM VIRTUAL GIGS

The organisers/hosts of six UK-based poetry events talk to HCE about their experience of keeping their communities going across the Covid-19 pandemic. What changes did they have to make? What have they missed the most about in-person gatherings? And what new knowledge will they be bringing with them when crowds return to venues…?

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Writing Advice: Editing Fiction Tips

Writing Advice: Editing Fiction Tips

By Emma Evans | Once upon a time, there was a writer who had to edit a piece of work and had no idea where to start… Using what I have learnt as a writer, and now a fiction sub-editor for HCE, I have put together some tips for what you could focus your editing upon before submitting to a publication. […]

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INTERVIEW: FIRE & DUST MEETS JOHN BERNARD

INTERVIEW: FIRE & DUST MEETS JOHN BERNARD

John Bernard is a spoken word artist and rapper based in Coventry, whose work commentates on social issues, youth empowerment, faith and purpose. On 3rd June 2021, John was the guest headliner at our Fire & Dust poetry night. Two days later, he was one of the six key artists leading Coventry’s UK City of Culture launch event, representing ‘youthfulness’. We caught up with John after the gig, to ask a few questions…

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DO YOU WANT TO WORK IN F*C*ING TV?

DO YOU WANT TO WORK IN F*C*ING TV?

By Joe Bennett | If you’re a writer or creative, you might have always had that sweet temptation to embark on a career into the jolly old world of TV and Film…but before you do, here are some things to consider. […]

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INTERVIEW: FIRE & DUST MEETS STEPHEN LIGHTBOWN

INTERVIEW: FIRE & DUST MEETS STEPHEN LIGHTBOWN

Stephen Lightbown’s second poetry collection ‘The Last Custodian’ was released on 30th June 2021. The next day, he headlined at our Fire & Dust poetry night. Stephen’s readings went down well with the audience, and we caught up with him after the gig to ask a few questions…

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12 WOMEN YOU SHOULD KNOW

12 WOMEN YOU SHOULD KNOW

By Sofia Furtado | It becomes more and more important that we remember the faces and voices of those who stand out not only for their talent and artistic merit, but also for the courage and resilience they displayed, and the lives they lived. […]

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REVIEW: JAY BERNARD’S ‘SURGE’

REVIEW: JAY BERNARD’S ‘SURGE’

By Stella Backhouse | The question posed by Jay Bernard’s humbling 2019 collection Surge is encapsulated in microcosm right here in its searingly angry opening lines: if the process of recording is itself a forgetting, how can we ever remember?

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Online Events: July 2021

Online Events: July 2021

July has arrived! Life has taken a few steps closer to resembling normality, but we’ve not yet reached a stage where everyone can participate in their usual cultural activities. So the HCE team have created another list of online literary open mics, events and workshops to help you plan for the weeks ahead. You can stay virus-free AND enjoy your favourite gigs. […]

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