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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Fight and Flight: Essays on Ron Berry

Peter Goulding writes about the pros and cons of writing between worlds, those of manual labour and literature, and of Wales and London

PUBLISHED ON: 03/04/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

‘Can’t wait to find out who Ron Berry is,’ I type, not meaning it. I haven’t heard of him. When I get Fight and Flight: Essays on Ron Berry in the pos …

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Disability in Industrial Britain: A Cultural and Literary History of Impairment in the Coal Industry, 1880–1948

Peter Goulding finds that the story of work-related impairment and the fight for rights before the days of the NHS mirrors the struggle for disability justice today

PUBLISHED ON: 02/04/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

I remember the landlord of the pub I first worked at telling us about his grand-dad. ‘When he died, he was just there in bed – nothing – his arms and …

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John Ormond’s Organic Mosaic: Poetry, Documentary, Nation

Liz Jones on a book that seeks to profile this mid twentieth century poet's lesser known career as a documentary filmmaker

PUBLISHED ON: 01/04/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

Dannie Abse once said of his fellow poet John Ormond, ‘However good his films are, it is primarily as a poet that he needs to be profiled.’ This book …

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Thinking Again

When a travel writer has been everwhere, writes Chris Moss, there is something radically enlightening – as well as saleable – in writing about home and stasis. Jan Morris demonstrates the arts of seeming intimate without ever being truly confessional, stoicism and the ability to find a quiet poetry in social isolation

PUBLISHED ON: 01/04/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

A national treasure, Jan Morris can do no wrong. As she approaches her mid nineties, each new book is offered as the last. With more than sixty alread …

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