INTERVIEW: FIRE & DUST MEETS LKN

INTERVIEW: FIRE & DUST MEETS LKN

Filipino page-performance-slam-street poet LKN was a featured guest poet at our virtual Fire&Dust poetry night. He has performed at 4,000+ events in twenty-seven countries, was first runner-up in the 2019 Singapore Poetry Slam, and a finalist at the Toronto Poetry Slam in 2020. HCE got back in touch after the gig, to ask a few questions…

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REVIEW: PÁDRAIG Ó TUAMA’S ‘FEED THE BEAST’

REVIEW: PÁDRAIG Ó TUAMA’S ‘FEED THE BEAST’

REVIEW: PÁDRAIG Ó TUAMA’S ‘FEED THE BEAST’     By Stella Backhouse   In a 2020 interview for Belfast-based film-making charity esc films, Irish Poet and theologian Pádraig Ó Tuama spoke about the experience of being a gay man in the Catholic church: “I...

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G&M Fiction: ‘Probability Neglect’ by Mark Reece

G&M Fiction: ‘Probability Neglect’ by Mark Reece

HCE received a lot of high-quality submissions for ‘The Gods & Monsters Issue’ – sadly, too many to fit in the print magazine! So, we offered some shortlisted writers and artists the chance to be published here on the website. This is a short story we loved, by Mark Reece…

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INTERVIEW: FIRE & DUST MEETS BRENDA READ-BROWN

INTERVIEW: FIRE & DUST MEETS BRENDA READ-BROWN

Brenda Read-Brown was Gloucestershire Poet Laureate from 2012-2019. She has won many poetry slams and performed her work on BBC Radio 4, as well as in Texas, Denmark, the House of Lords, various festivals, and various other events and venues. On 6th July, Brenda was our Fire&Dust headliner at Café Morso. We caught up with her after the gig, to ask a few questions…

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REVIEW: DEAN BROWNE’S ‘KITCHENS AT NIGHT’

REVIEW: DEAN BROWNE’S ‘KITCHENS AT NIGHT’

By Stella Backhouse | Dean Browne’s 2022 pamphlet ‘Kitchens at Night’ […] asks not only how it feels to be in possession of something that is difficult to access but is still an intrinsic part of the psyche, but also how you conceptualise your relationship with such an entity and your relationship with artistic representations of it that have been tried already. […]

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INTERVIEW: FIRE & DUST MEETS EMMA PURSHOUSE

INTERVIEW: FIRE & DUST MEETS EMMA PURSHOUSE

Emma Purshouse is a poetry slam champion, performing regularly at spoken word nights and festivals far and wide, and was recently the first-ever Poet Laureate for the City of Wolverhampton. On 1st June, Emma was our Fire&Dust headliner at Café Morso, where her lively poetry set was well-received by the crowd. We caught up with her after the gig, to ask a few questions…

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REVIEW: DAVID MORLEY’S ‘FURY’

REVIEW: DAVID MORLEY’S ‘FURY’

By Stella Backhouse | ‘Fury’, David Morley’s 2020 collection, is a place where language is put to the test – specifically, the test of how important to the achievement of meaning is precise understanding. One way Morley explores this is through liberal use of Romani (the Romany language) throughout the book; but in an interview given at the time […]

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INTERVIEW: FIRE & DUST MEETS DEVJANI BODEPUDI

INTERVIEW: FIRE & DUST MEETS DEVJANI BODEPUDI

Devjani Bodepudi is a writer and teacher whose debut pamphlet ‘For the daughters carried here on the hips of their mothers’ was recently published by Fawn Press. On 4th May, Devjani headlined at our Fire & Dust poetry event. We caught up with her after the gig, to ask a few questions…

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Gods and Monsters: The Banshee

Gods and Monsters: The Banshee

By Eve Volungeviciute | Another instalment of the mythological creature deep dive series has arrived! This time we are looking at a fairly well-known – however, not as mainstream – entity, the banshee. Join Eve for a quick look at the the origins, appearance and portrayals of this mythical being…

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INTERVIEW: FIRE & DUST MEETS LANTERN CARRIER

INTERVIEW: FIRE & DUST MEETS LANTERN CARRIER

Manatita, a.k.a The Lantern Carrier, endeavours to reach his audience’s hearts, to elevate, to enlighten and to bring wisdom through his poetry. On 11th May 2023, he was the guest headliner at Fire&Dust on Zoom. We caught up with him after the gig, to ask a few questions…

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