History of 2Tone at The Herbert – By Sofia Furtado

History of 2Tone at The Herbert – By Sofia Furtado

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”. […]

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SAM REESE: ON WRITING A SECOND STORY COLLECTION

SAM REESE: ON WRITING A SECOND STORY COLLECTION

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. […]

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INTERVIEW: FIRE & DUST MEETS ELIZABETH MCGEOWN

INTERVIEW: FIRE & DUST MEETS ELIZABETH MCGEOWN

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…

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REVIEW: MORAG ANDERSON’S ‘SIN IS DUE TO OPEN IN A ROOM ABOVE KITTY’S’

REVIEW: MORAG ANDERSON’S ‘SIN IS DUE TO OPEN IN A ROOM ABOVE KITTY’S’

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 […]

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REVIEW: STEPHEN LIGHTBOWN’S ‘THE LAST CUSTODIAN’

REVIEW: STEPHEN LIGHTBOWN’S ‘THE LAST CUSTODIAN’

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 […]

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ONLINE EVENTS: AUGUST 2021

ONLINE EVENTS: AUGUST 2021

August is just around the bend! 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: MARTIN HAYES’ ‘OX’

REVIEW: MARTIN HAYES’ ‘OX’

By Stella Backhouse | Whereas ‘The Things Our Hands Once Stood For’ spoke openly and unequivocally about working conditions in the offices of a London courier company, ‘Ox’, which deals with many of the same issues, is allegory. This is a collection whose identity has been shaped not by telling-it-like-it-is, but by what-cannot-be-spoken. […]

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6 HOSTS: WHAT WE’VE LEARNT FROM VIRTUAL GIGS

6 HOSTS: WHAT WE’VE LEARNT FROM VIRTUAL GIGS

The organisers/hosts of six UK-based poetry events talk to HCE about their experience of keeping their communities going across the Covid-19 pandemic. What changes did they have to make? What have they missed the most about in-person gatherings? And what new knowledge will they be bringing with them when crowds return to venues…?

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Writing Advice: Editing Fiction Tips

Writing Advice: Editing Fiction Tips

By Emma Evans | Once upon a time, there was a writer who had to edit a piece of work and had no idea where to start… Using what I have learnt as a writer, and now a fiction sub-editor for HCE, I have put together some tips for what you could focus your editing upon before submitting to a publication. […]

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INTERVIEW: FIRE & DUST MEETS JOHN BERNARD

INTERVIEW: FIRE & DUST MEETS JOHN BERNARD

John Bernard is a spoken word artist and rapper based in Coventry, whose work commentates on social issues, youth empowerment, faith and purpose. On 3rd June 2021, John was the guest headliner at our Fire & Dust poetry night. Two days later, he was one of the six key artists leading Coventry’s UK City of Culture launch event, representing ‘youthfulness’. We caught up with John after the gig, to ask a few questions…

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