REVIEW: ‘THE DERELICTION’

REVIEW: ‘THE DERELICTION’

Reviewed by Stella Backhouse | Liz Berry and Tom Hicks’ alchemical Black Country poetry/photography collaboration ‘The Dereliction’ is fuelled by the same juxtaposition of intense feeling with overlooked and decaying landscapes as ‘Live Forever’ by Oasis. The project, which saw Berry respond with poetry to pictures taken by Hicks on an ordinary phone as he cycled around his local area […]

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African Mythology: Gods and Monsters

African Mythology: Gods and Monsters

By Eve Volungeviciute | Time for another virtual trip around the world! This time, we are heading to a warmer climate to take a look at African mythology, their folklore, creation myths and deities, as well as monsters…

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REVIEW: RAYMOND ANTROBUS’S  ‘THE PERSEVERANCE’

REVIEW: RAYMOND ANTROBUS’S ‘THE PERSEVERANCE’

Reviewed by Stella Backhouse | The Perseverance is not only about D/deafness. It’s also about Antrobus’s experience as mixed race – another liminal space, another space of uncertain identity with full acceptance forthcoming from neither side. The missing piece that links D/deafness and race together, he suggests, is […]

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REVIEW: JULIA WEBB’S ‘THREAT’

REVIEW: JULIA WEBB’S ‘THREAT’

Reviewed by Stella Backhouse | ‘Threat’ is a lesson in how concentric rings of claustrophobic landscape – the body, the family, the town and community encircled by the dark and forbidding Thetford Forest – shape a parallel landscape of the mind. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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