How to Carry Fire

In this second collection, the poet uses symbols of fire and water to navigate trauma and recovery, Luanne Thornton writes

PUBLISHED ON: 29/06/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

Christina Thatcher’s How to Carry Fire recognises the rich potential of symbolising fire, and skilfully uses it to explore trauma in her second collec …

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The Short Knife

With its plot twist worthy of George RR Martin, Desi Tsvetkova enjoys this children’s novel set during Britain’s shift of power from Celtic Roman to Anglo-Saxon

PUBLISHED ON: 16/06/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

Elen Caldecott is an author with an arsenal of children’s books to her name, though she has also worked in a variety of different fields, including ar …

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Impeccable

The crime thriller Impeccable by Jameel Sandham shares territory with Breaking Bad and Trainspotting. Desi Tsvetkova investigates

PUBLISHED ON: 16/06/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

Jameel Sandham’s self-published crime thriller, Impeccable, eerily reminiscent of Ivrine Welsh’s best-selling hit Trainspotting, offers a gritty depic …

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The Road to Zarauz by Sam Adams

Amy Aed reviews the partially autobiographical adventure story by Sam Adams in which he and three others travel on a journey from Wales to Spain

PUBLISHED ON: 04/06/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

‘The Parseids brought it all out of the past, with the force of a blow that leaves you winded. The night lurched and swooped suddenly down. The boy la …

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Field Trips In The Anthropocene

Daniel Snipe admires a vital addition to a growing eco-centric body of poetry, in this latest release from the award winning Rack Press

PUBLISHED ON: 03/06/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

AC Bevan’s Field Trips in the Anthropocene is the poet’s fifth collection and possibly his most relevant. In the ongoing battle against global warming …

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for reasons unknown

For Daniel Snipe, this experimental poetry collection strays too far from his original project of narrative poetry anchored in the archetype Brock

PUBLISHED ON: 03/06/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

Nigel Humphrey’s for reasons unknown is the fourth publication in the Parhelion Poetry Series published by Arbor Vitae Press. This series aims to repr …

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Wild Spinning Girls

Desi Tsvetkova enjoys the descriptions of Wales’ landscapes in this novel about dead mothers and the search for identity, but is disappointed by flat characters and script, as well as predictable plot twists

PUBLISHED ON: 05/05/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

Published by the Welsh press Honno, Wild Spinning Girls is the third notch on Carol Lovekin’s writing belt. Lovekin’s fiction focuses on strong female …

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Jim Neat: The Case of a Young Man Down on His Luck

Desi Tsvetkova concludes that this hybrid novel/confessional narrative poem is an exceptional piece of literature

PUBLISHED ON: 05/05/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

Mary J Oliver’s father passed away in 1983, but it isn’t until twenty-five years later that a spark ignites inside the author, urging her to find out …

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Blood Rain

Oliver Heath reviews a poetry collection that reflects the anxieties of contemporary society

PUBLISHED ON: 25/04/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

Our contemporary moment has come to be defined in no small part by its corresponding political conflicts and global crises. These myriad instances of …

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The Last Giants: The Rise and Fall of the African Elephant

Amy Aed reviews the non-fictional novel The Last Giants that educates on the intelligence of and injustice towards African elephants

PUBLISHED ON: 17/04/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

The Last Giants is a beautiful, heartbreaking, and educational book by Levison Wood, a man who is often regarded as one of the best explorers of the T …

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