INTERVIEW: FIRE & DUST MEETS CATHI RAE

INTERVIEW: FIRE & DUST MEETS CATHI RAE

Cathi Rae is an award-winning and widely published poet, a multiple slam champion, a body positivity model and a campaigner against ageism in fashion, described by Joelle Taylor as “a spoken word icon”. We caught up with Cathi after she was the guest headliner at our Fire&Dust poetry night, to ask a few questions…

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REVIEW: SAM J GRUDGING’S ‘THE BIBLE II’

REVIEW: SAM J GRUDGING’S ‘THE BIBLE II’

Reviewed by Stella Backhouse | “Sam J Grudgings’ 2021 collection ‘The Bible II’ […] is a stunningly honest examination of the realities of alcoholism and the long shadows they cast even after the drinking stops. Raised in the church, Grudgings’ draws on an intimate knowledge of Christianity to portray his ten-year relationship with alcohol […]”

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INTERVIEW: FIRE & DUST MEETS JUANITA REA

INTERVIEW: FIRE & DUST MEETS JUANITA REA

Juanita Rea is a South African artist and activist living in Belfast. She works within a range of creative arts to address gender-based violence and other injustices, alongside facilitating well-being and community arts programmes. HCE caught up with Juanita after her Fire & Dust poetry gig in February, to ask a few questions…

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Review: Theatre at Shoot Festival 2022

Review: Theatre at Shoot Festival 2022

Reviewed by Stella Backhouse | The ‘Performance’ strand of Coventry’s Shoot Festival 2022 concluded at the city’s Belgrade Theatre on Thursday and Friday last week with two very different new plays from woman playwrights: ‘Protests, hymns and caskets’ by lanaire aderemi and ‘Gamble’ by Hannah Walker and Rosa Postlethwaite…

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May 2022 Round-up: Virtual Literary Events

May 2022 Round-up: Virtual Literary Events

May 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 even participate in events overseas…

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REVIEW: RAYMOND ANTROBUS’ ‘ALL THE NAMES GIVEN’

REVIEW: RAYMOND ANTROBUS’ ‘ALL THE NAMES GIVEN’

Reviewed by Stella Backhouse | “But within Raymond Antrobus’s 2021 collection ‘All The Names Given’, the poet’s description of the antipathy between his dreadlocked Jamaican father and his white British maternal grandmother, the possibility of a revelatory third meaning opens up. […]”

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Saboteur Awards: Shortlisted!

Saboteur Awards: Shortlisted!

A huge thank you to everyone who voted in the Saboteur Awards for Coventry’s Fire&Dust as Best Regular Spoken Word Night and Stella Backhouse as Best Reviewer – we’ve been shortlisted! So we just need your votes once more, for a chance to win…

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INTERVIEW: FIRE & DUST MEETS ANDREW MANYIKA

INTERVIEW: FIRE & DUST MEETS ANDREW MANYIKA

Andrew Manyika is a poet, comedian and renowned MC based in Zimbabwe, who likes using his unique combination of poetry and comedy to query and poke fun at the world we live in. Andrew was our headline guest at Fire & Dust on 10th March. We caught up with him after the gig, to ask a few questions…

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REVIEW: CALEB PARKIN’S ‘THIS FRUITING BODY’

REVIEW: CALEB PARKIN’S ‘THIS FRUITING BODY’

Reviewed by Stella Backhouse | “This queer ecopoetry revels in surreal, eye-popping possibilities […] Parkin’s ecopoetics lie in his exploration of the boundaries, fluidity and connectedness between bodies that seem wildly disparate. I use the word ‘bodies’ advisedly; one of the fluctuating boundaries interrogated by the collection is the one between ourselves and […]”

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