REVIEW: JOHN MCCULLOUGH’S ‘RECKLESS PAPER BIRDS’

REVIEW: JOHN MCCULLOUGH’S ‘RECKLESS PAPER BIRDS’

Reviewed by Stella Backhouse | These are not miserable poems – many of them brim with sensual pleasure in sex, tea and the natural world, flash with references to the city of Brighton, Grindr and Lady Gaga and sparkle with a vibrant colour symbolism reminiscent of the Spanish modernist poet Federico García Lorca. But balancing all that is a place of monochrome; because in the midst of life, we are in death. […]

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INTERVIEW: FIRE & DUST MEETS J. VAN RYAN

INTERVIEW: FIRE & DUST MEETS J. VAN RYAN

VanRyan is a Coventry-based poet and musician who describes himself as “appearing on the poet’s podium out of nowhere”. He spent 20 years as a singer/sax player, but that part of his life was unfortunately curtailed by a stroke…

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ASIAN MYTHOLOGY: GODS AND MONSTERS

ASIAN MYTHOLOGY: GODS AND MONSTERS

By Eve Volungeviciute | The time has come for another mythology-themed article! This time, we are travelling to the East, all the way to Asia. Their many regions, each with their different folklore and beliefs, have a lot to offer us with regards to learning […]

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Writing Advice: The Writer’s Notebook

Writing Advice: The Writer’s Notebook

By Emma Evans | Traditional notebook and pen or a phone and other digital devices? This article offers a breakdown of some pros and cons of the different note-taking methods for writers on the go…

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JANUARY 2022 ROUND-UP: VIRTUAL LITERARY EVENTS

JANUARY 2022 ROUND-UP: VIRTUAL LITERARY EVENTS

Fresh year, fresh start – January has arrived! 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 – seize this opportunity to “travel” far and wide and participate in events…

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REVIEW:‘OUT OF TIME’ ANTHOLOGY

REVIEW:‘OUT OF TIME’ ANTHOLOGY

Reviewed by Stella Backhouse | Making poetry about climate crisis and environmental emergency is challenging. Like any anthology, Out of Time – Poetry from the Climate Emergency validates a variety of approaches. Emotional responses such as exhaustion, frustration, fear and visceral howls of pain sit alongside […]

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INTERVIEW: FIRE & DUST MEETS JEFF COTTRILL

INTERVIEW: FIRE & DUST MEETS JEFF COTTRILL

Jeff Cottrill is a fiction writer, journalist and spoken-word artist based in Toronto, Canada. He has authored four chapbooks and recorded three CDs, and his first novel (‘Hate Story’) is coming soon from Dragonfly Publishing. On 9th December 2021, Jeff was the headliner at our virtual Fire & Dust poetry gig. We caught up with him after the gig, to ask a few questions…

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INTERVIEW: FIRE & DUST MEETS DANGERMOUSE#

INTERVIEW: FIRE & DUST MEETS DANGERMOUSE#

Dangermouse# is a Coventry-based poet who describes himself as “made and tested at Fire & Dust”. On 2nd December 2021, he was the special guest for our final F&D poetry gig in The Big Comfy Bookshop. (New venue TBC.) We caught up with him after the gig, to ask a few questions…

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REVIEW: ELISABETH HORAN’S ‘THE MASK’

REVIEW: ELISABETH HORAN’S ‘THE MASK’

Reviewed by Stella Backhouse | It’s perhaps appropriate that The Mask, Elisabeth Horan’s chapbook of poetry inspired by the art of Frida Kahlo, is published by The Broken Spine Artist Collective. In recent years, Kahlo’s stock as both an artist and a woman has risen […]

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