INTERVIEW: FIRE & DUST MEETS BETH HARTLEY

INTERVIEW: FIRE & DUST MEETS BETH HARTLEY

Beth Hartley is a poet based in Ely in Cambridgeshire. She is part of the Fen Speak team, running and hosting Ely’s main poetry night, and has been published previously by Edgewords, Periwinkle Literary Magazine, Impspired Magazine and Idle Ink. 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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REVIEW: ‘IN THE STICKS’ ANTHOLOGY

REVIEW: ‘IN THE STICKS’ ANTHOLOGY

By Stella Backhouse | English poets have taught us how to love the English countryside, and in the process, have put it at the heart of English identity. So what does In the Sticks, a new anthology of countryside-inspired poetry from Offa’s Press (ed. Simon Fletcher and Cherry Doyle), have to tell us about our current relationship with what many of us think of as […]

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REVIEW: RACHEL BOWER’S ‘THESE MOTHERS OF GODS’

REVIEW: RACHEL BOWER’S ‘THESE MOTHERS OF GODS’

By Stella Backhouse | […] motherhood – could actually be a fount of artistic inspiration. Rachel Bower’s new collection ‘These Mothers of Gods’ is part of a poetic movement seeking to redress this – firstly, by exploring meanings of motherhood, and secondly by using it as a lens through which to view economic, racial and gender inequality as well as environmental […]

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AMERICAN MYTHOLOGY: GODS AND MONSTERS

AMERICAN MYTHOLOGY: GODS AND MONSTERS

By Eve Volungeviciute | As a follow-up to her European Mythology article, Eve invites readers to take a brief look at some American mythologies and legends, to explore how these differ. This post ties into the theme of HCE’s next release: ‘The Gods & Monsters Issue’.

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SEPTEMBER 2021 ROUND-UP: VIRTUAL LITERARY EVENTS

SEPTEMBER 2021 ROUND-UP: VIRTUAL LITERARY EVENTS

Whoa, it’s September already? If you’re still feeling a bit isolated, here is the good news: 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: LUCY HURST’S ‘MODERN MEDICINE’

REVIEW: LUCY HURST’S ‘MODERN MEDICINE’

By Stella Backhouse | Perhaps the best way I can describe Lucy Hurst’s experimental chapbook Modern Medicine is as an intimate history of pain. ‘Intimate’ because it is rooted in the poet’s deeply personal experience of chronic pain; and ‘history’ because […]

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