From Seven to the Sea begins on the narrator Esther’s seventh birthday. It’s also the day of her mother’s wedding, to a man who is not Esther’s father. And Esther and her mother, Maud, are moving far away from their home so they can live in the man’s house. And everyone’s forgotten it’s Esther’s birthday. […]
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Land Ho!

Jane MacNamee

PUBLISHED ON: 26/06/19

CATEGORY: Opinion

It’s the ship’s cry at first sight of the longed-awaited shore: Land Ho! A triumph for your compass bearings if it’s just where you were meant to be, …

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Words the Turtle Taught Me

With only a marginal interest in marine life and an active dislike of sharks, Maria Apichella was not expecting to be so drawn into this poetry collection, and yet she is mightily impressed by its author, who is adept at mixing wit with sorrow and is a thoughtful communicator with a keen sense of the surreal and an amazing gift for metaphor

PUBLISHED ON: 29/01/19

CATEGORY: Reviews

This, Susan Richardson’s fourth collection was written while she was poet-in-residence with the Marine Conservation Society (MCS). She wrote thirty po …

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Salacia, The Museum of Truth & Ling di Long

Vicky MacKenzie on a poet drawn to the shoreline who is one to watch; a second, veteran of the publishing world who is as at home with personal despair as he is with political satire, and a third, an acclaimed poet of technical adroitness as well as originality and wit

PUBLISHED ON: 30/10/18

CATEGORY: Reviews

Mari Ellis Dunning’s debut poetry collection, Salacia, is steeped in salt water and sea air. It’s a bracing and sensual exploration of a young woman’s …

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Translations from the Narwhal

Annette C Boehm

PUBLISHED ON: 30/11/17

CATEGORY: Poetry

World, you are so fluid, and beauty is fluidity — the sun’s bright tusks point out abundance in bay mud, in sediment surface — the best clicks, the kn …

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Our Schizophrenia

Manash Firaq Bhattacharjee

PUBLISHED ON: 01/09/17

CATEGORY: Poetry

Adieu, Derek Walcott: 23 January 1930–17 March 2017 I who have cursed The drunken officer of British rule, how choose Between this Africa and the Engl …

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My Artemis, My Ephesus

Karen Phillips reports on the melancholy past and 7 present of Izmir in Turkey

PUBLISHED ON: 25/07/17

CATEGORY: Essays

In our Turkish years, when the sun shone on history changing before our eyes, we used to scuba dive at Pamucak Bay, seaward of the ruins of Ephesus. I …

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One Foot in the Water

Kieron Smith

PUBLISHED ON: 25/07/17

CATEGORY: Essays

Islands enjoy a prominent place in the Welsh imagination, so much so that we might call Wales an ‘islophiliac’ nation (Pete Hay). This is perhaps unde …

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Songs of the Soil

Jessica Mookherjee

PUBLISHED ON: 25/07/17

CATEGORY: Poetry

Waterlogged, overtaken by tides, swamped clay, sinking in soil that makes me homesick, near an estuary. I think I see paddy fields growing in Llanrhid …

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Roman Wall Blues II

Jeremy Wikeley

PUBLISHED ON: 25/07/17

CATEGORY: Poetry

At the border it was black and wet and very little happened except sometimes a friend would stumble in from the dawn patrol with a spear thrust throug …

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