By Stella Backhouse || I have a lot of sympathy for Jane Burn’s lament for a lost industry and a lost way of life in her 2018 collection One of These Dead Places. But though Burn clearly loves the valley of her birth, I’m not sure how much it loves her back. […]
Here is the good news: creative communities across the UK, and all around the globe, are STILL plugging the void in our lives with some amazing virtual events! No need to be gloomy like the weather. Let’s stay virus-free AND enjoy our favourite gigs! […]
ART EXPOSURE INTERVIEW: HCE MEETS NEIL J. CATLEY Interviewed by Raef Boylan Neil J. Catley is a freelance street and architecture photographer based in Coventry, UK. Known around the city for avidly capturing its iconic landmarks with his camera,...
By Eve Volungeviciute || Writing tips are so prominent and sought after they have their own section at bookstores. How to structure a scene, how to create compelling characters – there are do’s and don’ts for pretty much everything writing related. […]
54 QUESTIONS FOR THE MAN WHO SOLD A SHOTGUN TO MY FATHER || Reviewed by Stella Backhouse The banal landscape of suburban childhood and the comforting sing-song of early-years story books slowly zero in on something much more sinister. […]
By Stella Backhouse || Reviewing is a uniquely parasitic art form. Put bluntly, it’s writing about someone else’s writing. So what’s the point? Why doesn’t the reviewer simply let the source material speak for itself and then bog off and write their own damn poetry? In fact, most poets welcome reviews because they raise awareness, and may lead to […]
Creative communities across the UK, and all around the globe, are STILL plugging the void in our lives with some amazing virtual events! No need to match the weather and be gloomy. HCE has created another list of some literary open mics, events and workshops to help you plan for the weeks ahead. […]
Details about Matt Black’s poetry competition (open NOW) & upcoming book launch/open mic.
The annual Coventry-Cork poetry exchange is now in its twelfth year. Two rising stars of Coventry's local poetry scene, Emilie Lauren Jones and Matt Black, were this year selected to travel to Cork (Ireland) to represent the city and perform their work. ...
The title is deceptive; the collection as a whole is far more nuanced and reflective than its smiley-faces moniker might suggest. For example, it’s comforting that failure makes Tina not beautiful, but interesting – something which for me has always been a more realistic ambition. […]