Morgan Davies praises the original English-language debut novel by Caryl Lewis, an uplifting and tender love story which has mythic elements and a dystopian setting

PUBLISHED ON: 02/08/22

CATEGORY: Reviews

Morgan Davies praises the original English-language debut novel by Caryl Lewis, an uplifting and tender love story which has mythic elements and a dys …

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A Ray of Darkness

Pippa Marland finds in this classic female autobiography, endorsed by current international epilepsy neurologists, an unrelenting commitment to honesty

PUBLISHED ON: 02/08/22

CATEGORY: Reviews

Pippa Marland finds in this classic female autobiography, endorsed by current international epilepsy neurologists and representing startlingly contemp …

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Painting the Beauty Queens Orange: Women’s Lives in the 70s

Jemma L King, a former Miss Wales finalist, is enchanted to read a prose anthology which explores a quiet revolution of rural entrepreneurship, decimalisation and cultural throwbacks such as the Miss Prestatyn pageant

PUBLISHED ON: 02/08/22

CATEGORY: Reviews

Jemma L King, a former Miss Wales finalist, is enchanted to read a prose anthology which explores a quiet revolution of rural entrepreneurship, decima …

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Books for Alien Girls: Fiction and Neurodivergence

JL George's personal and practical reflections on the role neurodivergence can and should play when writing fiction

PUBLISHED ON: 26/04/22

CATEGORY: Author process, Essays, Opinion

As a young reader, I devoured books about mad girls. Fiction and memoir; all kinds of disorders. Girl, Interrupted and Prozac Nation; Wasted and Life- …

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When the Swimming Pool Fell in the Sea

The immediacy of Carole Coates’ poems reads as a diary kept in real time, on subjects of illness, memory and grief, writes Ellie Rees

PUBLISHED ON: 22/02/22

CATEGORY: Reviews

This is where the story which is a true story changes and the third person becomes an unrepentant ‘I’.   Carole Coates’ When the Swimming Pool Fell in …

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Solo Women Walking – So What?

Julie Bromilow-Nicklen makes an unscientific survey of the facts and myths about women hiking alone

PUBLISHED ON: 26/01/22

CATEGORY: Column

Last month, a fellow writer contacted me. He found ‘the recent flowering of solo women walkers’ to be an interesting phenomenon and would appreciate m …

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Hana

Chris Moss respects an imperfect novel about intergenerational trauma in wartime and Soviet Czech life, noting silence at contrapuntal play with booming survival guilt

PUBLISHED ON: 19/05/21

CATEGORY: Reviews

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 woma …

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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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