Poem and Interview with Steven Hastings to Celebrate National Poetry Day 2021

Steven Hastings shares the thinking behind 'Memory Clinic II' in an interview with New Welsh Review

PUBLISHED ON: 07/10/21

CATEGORY: Author process

Memory Clinic II Welcome to the memory clinic. Do you know why you are here?                                                                           …

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Flashbacks and Flowers

Natalia Elliot reviews Rufus Mufasa's poetry collection about transgenerational trauma and motherhood

PUBLISHED ON: 07/10/21

CATEGORY: Audio review

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Poetry Showcase: ‘Stranger to Yourself’

Poetry showcase video by Tayler Walters and Natalia Elliot, with poems by John Barnie, Emma Baines and Matthew Jarvis

PUBLISHED ON: 07/10/21

CATEGORY: Poetry, Showcase video

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Lumen

Katrina Naomi is delighted by a poetry collection that is exuberant, smart, utterly original and full of dog-originating philosophy for wellbeing and recovery

PUBLISHED ON: 01/10/21

CATEGORY: Reviews

Tiffany Atkinson’s Lumen begins with a quotation from Aneurin Bevan, which feels as radical and apposite now as it did when he said it in 1948:   …

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Road Trip

Pam Thompson recommends a compassionate, complex poetry collection of the Windrush generation and rural Gwent

PUBLISHED ON: 01/07/21

CATEGORY: Reviews

Marvin Thompson was born in London to Jamaican parents and now lives in south Wales. His debut collection, Road Trip https://www.peepaltreepress.com/b …

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An Exact Mystery: The Poetic Life of Vernon Watkins

Chris Moss is uncertain whether the poet’s early years and work deserve such fulsome treatment, but looks forward to a second volume on the life, troubles, connections and poetry of an undeservedly neglected writer and friend of Christopher Isherwood, Dylan Thomas and Alfred Janes

PUBLISHED ON: 01/07/21

CATEGORY: Reviews

‘A biography of Vernon Watkins is long overdue,’ Richard Ramsbotham tells us in his introduction to this self-published book. He notes that his wish ‘ …

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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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A Revolutionary Calendar

Chris Moss delights in a poem sequence on ritual, rupture, crisis and cycle, based on the French Republican Calendar of ‘natural’ months (weeds, worts and all)

PUBLISHED ON: 03/05/21

CATEGORY: Reviews

Revolution is a wonderfully ambivalent word. It evokes circular motion, as well as the revolts that occasionally jolt linear time. Rituals and rupture …

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The Works of Gwerful Mechain [A Broadview Anthology of British Literature edition]

Chris Moss notes that sex and the sacred were sweaty bedfellows in Medieval literature, and delights in these vivacious and deftly constructed translations that positively bounce along, shining a light on this worthy, if less prolific, rival to Chaucer and Dafydd ap Gwilym

PUBLISHED ON: 26/01/21

CATEGORY: Reviews

As every schoolgirl or boy lucky enough to be introduced to Chaucer knows, sex and the sacred were sweaty bedfellows during the Medieval period. If th …

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Tiger Girl

Vicky MacKenzie lauds an eighth collection, shimmering with beauty and rage, by the Keats-Shelley Poetry Prize-winning poet, a writer who refuses to flinch

PUBLISHED ON: 03/11/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

Tiger Girl shimmers with beauty and rage: for every exquisite description of a bird or tiger, there’s an incident of cruelty and horror, unfolded on t …

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