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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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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In the Sweep of the Bay

Gwen Davies admires the craft of this homage to David Constantine’s ‘Tea at the Midland’, set in Morecambe Bay, in which time, trauma and healing become the author’s recurrent themes

PUBLISHED ON: 23/02/21

CATEGORY: Reviews

The woman behind plate glass could not have been in their thoughts, they were not performing to impress and entertain her. Far out, they rode on the w …

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Hello Friend We Missed You

Jacob Powell admires a bleak yet humorous debut novel, set in north Wales, about loneliness, guilt, personal trauma, privacy and communication

PUBLISHED ON: 30/10/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

Hello Friend We Missed You is Richard Owain Roberts’ debut novel, and continues the characteristic bleak yet humorous style found in his previous shor …

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Hey, Bert

Desi Tsvetokova admires a poetry collection about being choked by past trauma and letting go of it

PUBLISHED ON: 02/03/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

In 2019, Roberto Pastore published his first poetry collection, entitled Hey, Bert. There’s a beautiful toucan illustrated on the cover, standing atop …

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Hand and Skull

Mari Ellis Dunning

PUBLISHED ON: 26/06/19

CATEGORY: Reviews

Zoe Brigley’s third collection of poetry is a tender exploration of gender, cruelty, violence, myth, motherhood and physicality. Sometimes unsettling, …

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Unspoken II

Kittie Belltree

PUBLISHED ON: 07/05/19

CATEGORY: Poetry

A secret fell from a seventh-floor window – flung out in a frenzied exchange. As it plummeted, incidents from its life raced across the face of the mo …

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Eluned Gramich Reviews Dignity by Alys Conran (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)

Eluned Gramich reviews the novel Dignity by Alys Conran

PUBLISHED ON: 27/03/19

CATEGORY: Audio review

SCROLL DOWN FOR SCRIPT   Eluned Gramich reviews the novel Dignity by Alys Conran (Weidenfeld & Nicolson), published on 4 April. Researched, s …

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The Scattering

Nigel Rodenhurst

PUBLISHED ON: 26/08/13

CATEGORY: Reviews

Jaki McCarrick’s new collection of short stories features a terrain and concerns that have been present in a writing career garnering numerous prizes …

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Other Harbours

Peter Naumann

PUBLISHED ON: 09/07/13

CATEGORY: Reviews

“This is a town for old men’” is the first line of Anna Lewis’ poem, ‘Resistance’. It is also the first in her collection Other Harbours, and it opens …

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