INTERVIEW: HCE MEETS SHAUNNA LEE LYNCH

INTERVIEW: HCE MEETS SHAUNNA LEE LYNCH

By Prabhjot Kaur Shaunna Lee Lynch is a Cork-native writer, actor, director and producer. Her work weaves modern feminism and pop culture with politics, social commentary and tradition, playfully dismantling conventions. Most recently her play Wishful Thinking premiered at Dublin Fringe Festival 2019 which she wrote, acted in and co-produced. As a spoken word artist, she has […]

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REVIEW: NAOMI BOOTH’S ‘SEALED’

REVIEW: NAOMI BOOTH’S ‘SEALED’

Naomi Booth’s novel Sealed is a lot of things, but forgettable is not one of them. Branded as ecological horror fiction, the book is that and also much more, as apart from discussing the themes of climate change and pollution, it also talks about paranoia, grief, and, obviously, motherhood. […]

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INTERVIEW: FIRE & DUST MEETS ANDREA MBARUSHIMANA

INTERVIEW: FIRE & DUST MEETS ANDREA MBARUSHIMANA

Andrea Mbarushimana is a poet, community connector, artist and peace activist. Her short collection The Africa in my House was published by Silhouette Press in 2017, and she has since won the inaugural V20 pamphlet prize (2019) with Air Show. […]

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INTERVIEW: FIRE & DUST MEETS DAVE PITT

INTERVIEW: FIRE & DUST MEETS DAVE PITT

INTERVIEW: FIRE & DUST MEETS DAVE PITT   “I dow see ya hair bab matted with all that womb gloop. Meybe I see long locks. Dark auburn with a shock of bright purple. at the front. “What ya think Grandad?” And we know it dow really matter what I or anyone else...

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REVIEW: STEPHEN LIGHTBOWN’S ‘ONLY AIR’

REVIEW: STEPHEN LIGHTBOWN’S ‘ONLY AIR’

Mirrors generally assume a standing observer – a situation that, if you’re not a wheelchair-user, is unlikely to have caused you serious grief. But returning home from hospital after a sledging accident that left him paraplegic at age sixteen, Stephen Lightbrown is confronted with a new reality […]

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REVIEW: ANDREA MBARUSHIMANA’S V20 PAMPHLET

REVIEW: ANDREA MBARUSHIMANA’S V20 PAMPHLET

Andrea Mbarushimana’s new poetry pamphlet V20 – so titled because it won the 2019 Gloucester Poetry Society V20 competition – is a delicate Rosetta Stone, a key to unlocking the hieroglyphs of parallel narratives, and rendering them intelligible to we who live obliviously amongst them.

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REVIEW: ANTONY OWEN’S ‘THE UNKNOWN CIVILIAN’

REVIEW: ANTONY OWEN’S ‘THE UNKNOWN CIVILIAN’

“My hardest battle is tending to a wound that keeps reappearing” writes Owen in the opening poem of his latest collection, The Unknown Civilian (KFS Press, 2020). The title of the poem provides a context (‘A Black Nurse Tends to Wounds’), but if you have followed Owen’s output over the last decade, you might imagine that he is referring to the task of writing about what has been his greatest preoccupation: human armed conflict and its many shadows.

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Announcement: Contributors to The Classified Issue

Announcement: Contributors to The Classified Issue

In The Classified Issue (November 2019), “everyone” was…       JEANNA ANDERSON – 'THOSE FILES ARE CLASSIFIED, MA'AM' Jeanna studied art and creative writing at William Woods University. She is best known for her poetry but is also branching out into the...

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REVIEW: VOYAGE INTO COVENTRY’S TWIN CITY

REVIEW: VOYAGE INTO COVENTRY’S TWIN CITY

By Prabhjot Kaur The Cov-Cork Poetry Exchange returned for its tenth year in August to celebrate the budding talent of its participating poets, a mutual heritage rich in poetry and arts, and the flourishing friendship between the twin cities. Coventry poets, Aysar Ghassan and our very own Raef Boylan, Lead Editor at HCE, travelled to Cork (Republic of Ireland) […]

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INTERVIEW: FIRE & DUST MEETS LEANNE MODEN

INTERVIEW: FIRE & DUST MEETS LEANNE MODEN

Based in the East Midlands, Leanne Moden is a poet, performer and workshop leader. She competes in UK poetry slams and has been a national finalist at the Hammer and Tongue Slam, Poetry Rivals, the Camden Roundhouse Slam, and the Anti Slam. She has also competed at the BBC Edinburgh Fringe Slam and the Superheroes of Slam. Leanne performs her work at events across the UK and Europe […]

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