INTERVIEW: FIRE&DUST MEETS KEN CUMBERLIDGE

INTERVIEW: FIRE&DUST MEETS KEN CUMBERLIDGE     Born in Birkenhead, Ken Cumberlidge cut his performance teeth on the Liverpool pub poetry scene of the 1970s, and has never recovered.  He writes about love, sex, nature, loss, personal identity and...

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INTERVIEW: FIRE&DUST MEETS JEMIMA HUGHES

INTERVIEW: FIRE&DUST MEETS JEMIMA HUGHES

Jemima Hughes is a Birmingham-based performance poet and multi-slam winner whose work emphasises mental health awareness and covers taboo subjects such as sexual violence, mental illness and suicide. On 1st September, she headlined at Fire & Dust. HCE caught up with Jemima after the gig, to ask a few questions…

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REVIEW: JO BRATTEN’S ‘CLIMACTERIC’

REVIEW: JO BRATTEN’S ‘CLIMACTERIC’

Reviewed by Stella Backhouse | ‘Climacteric’ contains numerous warnings: about the female body, about the planet, about the loss of loved ones that is the inevitable accompaniment of middle age, about a concurrent blurring of the self and its boundaries, presaged in the first poem and continued later in lines like […]

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INTERVIEW: FIRE & DUST MEETS EMMA KEMP

INTERVIEW: FIRE & DUST MEETS EMMA KEMP

Emma Kemp is a Coventry-based poet with work published in various magazines and journals, and is also the rep of the ‘Cov Stanza’ group. On 11th August, Emma headlined at our virtual Fire&Dust event. HCE caught up with her after the gig, to ask a few questions…

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ART EXPOSURE INTERVIEW: COVENTRY GROTESQUES

ART EXPOSURE INTERVIEW: COVENTRY GROTESQUES

Gargoyles and grotesques can be found in countries across Europe, such as France, Italy, Spain, Germany and the UK. Together, historical researcher Danny Reed and Coventry artist Mary Courtney are curating local grotesques on Instagram and have created an interactive ‘grotesque guide’ to Coventry (and beyond)…

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September 2022 Round-up: Virtual Literary Events

September 2022 Round-up: Virtual Literary Events

September arrives, and summer begins to melt away into memories. Hopefully, one day, the Covid-19 pandemic will do the same. 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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Formatting: Theatre Script vs TV/Film Screenplay

Formatting: Theatre Script vs TV/Film Screenplay

By Emma Evans | Planning to write a script, but not sure yet whether you’ll want your masterpiece to be on primetime television or touring theatres? Confused over what these two script formats look like and how they differ? You’re in the right place!

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Press Release: ‘Black Snowflakes Smothering a Torch’

Press Release: ‘Black Snowflakes Smothering a Torch’

At its foundation, ‘Black Snowflakes’ presupposes that many issues veterans face when reintegrating come not from the veteran’s traumas but from the hypocrisies inherent to American civilian culture itself. The book will be published in November 2022 with Woodhall Press […]

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Emma and Eve Talk About Books…

Emma and Eve Talk About Books…

By Emma Evans and Eve Volungeviciute | A discussion about thriller and crime novels between two HCE sub-editors. Emma and Eve compare and contrast a selection of books they’ve both read, and offer each other recommendations for new reading experiences…

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INTERVIEW: FIRE & DUST MEETS TOM SASTRY

INTERVIEW: FIRE & DUST MEETS TOM SASTRY

Bristol-based poet Tom Sastry was chosen by Carol Ann Duffy as one of the 2016 Laureate’s Choice poets. His 2022 collection, published with Nine Arches Press, is ‘You have no normal country to return to’. Tom was our August headliner for Fire & Dust at Cafe Morso and we caught up with him after the gig, to ask a few questions…

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