When a typhoid epidemic tears through the small town of Meziříčíin in 1953, nine-year-old Mira is orphaned and forced to turn to her aunt Hana. A woman who has barely spoken to her during family gatherings, she is strange, austere, nervous and looks much older than her thirty-something years. She had been dearly loved by […]
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Breathing is the Loudest Thing

Poem by Sophia Nicholson

PUBLISHED ON: 03/05/21

CATEGORY: Poetry

The clock crawls loudly to 6pm, so                     …

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The Tiger Girl and the Rain Stag: An Interview with Pascale Petit

Yvonne Reddick talks to the poet about her Forward Prize Best Collection nominated Tiger Girl, Gond artist Jangarh Singh Shyam, tensions between locals, tourists and tigers, and the evolution of her wild beast, birdlife and megafauna poems

PUBLISHED ON: 03/05/21

CATEGORY: Interview

YR: You describe your grandmother as a really important presence in your childhood, and she’s the central (human) character in Tiger Girl. Can you tel …

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The Earth, Thy Great Exchequer, Ready Lies

This daring, assured debut, from a 2019’s BBC National Short Story awards winner, captures something tragicomic about the twenty-first century by having a hand – a quill, a biro – in each genre, writes Chris Moss

PUBLISHED ON: 03/05/21

CATEGORY: Reviews

This first story in this debut collection of nine, ‘My Bonny’, begins with a paragraph-length sentence that contains two em dashes, two sets of parent …

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Dare to Do: Taking on the Planet by Bike and Boat

Amy Aed takes a fast-paced global journey, with record-breaking adventurer Sarah Outen, which doesn’t shy away from mental distress

PUBLISHED ON: 03/05/21

CATEGORY: Reviews

Dare to Do is a fast-paced, engaging travel memoir by rower and adventurer,Sarah Outen, following her journey as she cycles, kayaks and rows across Eu …

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Skimming a Stone

A poem by Charlie Bird about relationship breakdown

PUBLISHED ON: 01/04/21

CATEGORY: Poetry

I am at the stony beach by the river with both sons. They are old enough not to be eating stones anymore. They have a net to fish for fish, and for st …

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Secret Britain: Unearthing Our Mysterious Past

Amy Aed discovers worlds and wonders right beneath her feet

PUBLISHED ON: 27/01/21

CATEGORY: Reviews

Secret Britain: Unearthing Our Mysterious Past is an informative, immersive book, into which the author weaves poetry, dusting old stories with magic. …

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The Worrier’s Guide to the End of the World: Love, Loss, and Other Catastrophes through Italy, India, and Beyond

Amy Aed discovers that she enjoys the philosophical moments of this travel title as much as its brutal honesty towards travel companions, its humour and its informal voice

PUBLISHED ON: 27/01/21

CATEGORY: Reviews

Torre DeRoche is one of the most immersive, enigmatic travel writers in the industry, blessed with an easy, relaxed form of prose. The Worrier’s Guide …

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Land of the Dawn-lit Mountains: A Journey across Arunachal Pradesh, India’s Forgotten Frontier

Amy Aed enjoys travel writing that restores human values, and discovers a remote state in north-eastern India

PUBLISHED ON: 27/01/21

CATEGORY: Reviews

Not only was Land of the Dawn-lit Mountains shortlisted for the 2018 Edward Stanford Travel Writing Award, but it has also been given high praise by o …

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Welsh Writing in English, 1536–1914, The First Four Hundred Years (The Oxford Literary History of Wales: Volume 3)

Stephen Wade praises a book of sheer comprehensiveness, at once a compendious resource for reference use and a good read, packed with profiles of writers great and small, and with an emphasis on neglected or unknown female writers

PUBLISHED ON: 26/01/21

CATEGORY: Reviews

In 1811, Harriet Browne wrote some original verse on folded sheets of paper, the subject being Deganwy Castle. Her Liverpool family moved to Denbighsh …

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