There’s something bleeding here Thank you but that’s enough… your circus is a bowl of sadness or not enough… Scott Elder’s poetry has appeared in the UK and abroad in magazines including The Moth, Orbis, Cake, Poetry Salzburg, Cyphers, Southword (forthcoming). His debut pamphlet, Breaking Away, was published by Poetry Salzburg (2015) and his first […]
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Blood & Other Elements, Inside the Animal House and Sherpas

Assessing these three poetry pamphlets from Rack Press, Suzannah V Evans is struck by a shared fascination with the intricacies of bone and body

PUBLISHED ON: 23/10/18

CATEGORY: Reviews

‘The spines of larks and quails, widgeon knuckles’, ‘the gristle of my dreams’, ‘“blood and gristle” the surgeons sing’. Reading these lines, it might …

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The Snow Leopard, The Ice Bear, Tell Me A Dragon (Jackie Morris Retrospective)

Eleanor Howe reports that these striking, fable-like picture books, published by Graffeg in a large format-edition, are to curl up with and savour, and that they forge connections between nature and people in the one instance, and detailed diverse worlds in the other

PUBLISHED ON: 27/07/18

CATEGORY: Reviews

It is not very often that a children’s book causes a nationwide stir, in the literary world, or beyond, but when artist Jackie Morris teamed up with w …

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Untethered

Beset by bedtime routines and the guilt of not doing them properly, Hannah Engelkamp realises that nursery’s six-week summer break might be the best thing to happen to both of them. Maybe. It’s still only week one….

PUBLISHED ON: 27/07/18

CATEGORY: Opinion

Photos by Rhys Thwaites-Jones and Hannah Engelkamp Six months ago, in bleakest midwinter, I wrote this essay. My two-year-old was communicating mostly …

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North China Plain

Shen Hobo translated by Liang Yujing

PUBLISHED ON: 23/07/18

CATEGORY: Poetry

The poplar trees are bare like the grey quills of a hedgehog. The fields are covered with the dirty fur of weasels… Shen Haobo, born in 1976, is con …

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Aubrey and the Terrible Ladybirds

Eleanor Howe is charmed by this ripping yarn for children by Horatio Clare, at turns outrageous, hilarious, thoughtful and wise

PUBLISHED ON: 05/06/18

CATEGORY: Reviews

Aubrey and the Terrible Ladybirds is the follow-up to Horatio Clare’s 2015 children’s debut, Branford Boase Award-winning Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot …

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Miranda Whall: Crossed Paths at Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown

Ellen Bell, despite a sheep-related gripe, find this performance and installation an extraordinary piece of work, in terms of collaboration and its stunning combination of sound and vision

PUBLISHED ON: 23/05/18

CATEGORY: Blog

There is a new glass door at the entrance to Oriel Davies’ Gallery 1. Though sensor-led it appears to open and close of its own volition. It makes a s …

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Homestay

Mark Blayney

PUBLISHED ON: 15/05/18

CATEGORY: Poetry

Two eagles carried a snake. It sagged, an unwilling trapeze between two hungry acrobats. Watching, we asked for lunch. Our host spread hands wide, emp …

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Planet Earth in Reverse

Adam Tavel

PUBLISHED ON: 15/05/18

CATEGORY: Poetry

The wolf unclamps his jaw from a bison’s shredded flank. Spritzes of blood mid-air stream back inside the wound snapping shut like a gill… Adam Tave …

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Tropes

Elizabeth Morton

PUBLISHED ON: 15/05/18

CATEGORY: Poetry

There is a black horse that rides through all my poems, zagging past the radio towers and the honked dreams that geese make. On the counter my mother …

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