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 […]
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 […]
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’.
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!
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 […]
By Sofia Furtado | In line with Coventry’s nomination for UK City of Culture 2021, Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, partnering with Coventry Music Museum, welcomes one of its most recent exhibitions since its closing last year: “2Tone: Lives and Legacies”. […]
By Sam Reece | The three years I spent working on my second collection, on a distant ridgeline, practically flashed by, bolstered by the certainty that I had a publisher interested in my writing, and an editor who could draw the best out of my work. But, as readers of the short story will know, a brief tale can conceal more complexity than a novel. […]
Elizabeth McGeown is a poet and slam champion from Belfast in Northern Ireland. On 5th August 2021, Elizabeth was the guest headliner at our Fire & Dust poetry night. We caught up with her after the event, to ask a few questions…
By Stella Backhouse. The title of Morag Anderson’s new chapbook ‘Sin Is Due to Open in a Room Above Kitty’s’ is adapted from a report in a Scottish local paper and refers to the “mixed response”, in the town of Kirkcaldy, to the news that it was soon to host its first lap dancing club. Kitty’s turns out to be […]
By Stella Backhouse | Stephen Lightbown’s second collection The Last Custodian tells the story of wheelchair-user Luke and his year-long, self-propelled journey across a post-apocalyptic southern England where almost all other humans are dead. As a premise, I think that’s sufficiently eye-catching […]