My first encounter with Niall Griffiths – picking up Sheepshagger a few years ago after one too many recommendations – was a profound reading experience. There is an unprecedented authenticity of Welshness in Griffiths’ work and it is as impressive as ever in his most recent novel, Broken Ghost. His characters are people I know, […]
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Stillicide

Chris Moss on a powerful, disturbing novella that seeks to alienate us from our grip on language and everyday understanding of reality, in its depiction of a future society in which water is crisis, commodity, currency and contraband

PUBLISHED ON: 29/10/19

CATEGORY: Reviews

Stillicide looks like it would mean something to do with the death of peace and tranquillity. It’s actually an archaic word for ‘the falling of water’ …

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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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The Girl Before You

Chris Moss

PUBLISHED ON: 26/06/19

CATEGORY: Reviews

It’s the late Nineties at the campus university of a fictitious town in northern England. Kat fancies Richard who fancies Ruth who is seduced by Georg …

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Just a Woman with Nothing on her Skin

Zoë Brigley

PUBLISHED ON: 07/05/19

CATEGORY: Opinion

What are the politics of a photograph? Legally, it belongs to the photographer, but how does this dynamic play out when so often women have been the e …

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Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods

Maria Apichella admires the Ted Hughes Prize shortlisted visceral, surreal, bold and radicalised collection with themes ranging from violence against women to fancying Patrick Swayze

PUBLISHED ON: 26/02/19

CATEGORY: Reviews

Jyoti Singh, a twenty-three-year-old medical student, had been coming home from the cinema in New Delhi. After catching a bus, she was brutally gang-r …

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The Last Polar Bear on Earth

Eleanor Howe admires these humorous, engaging poems about being ill, being in love and abusive relationships, in which the reader is made privy to some of life’s startlingly intimate happenings

PUBLISHED ON: 03/12/18

CATEGORY: Reviews

Rhian Elizabeth’s The Last Polar Bear on Earth is one fourth of a new poetry quartet published by Parthian this autumn. A lone polar bear graces the c …

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Dirty Laundry

Vicky Mackenzie lauds highly a feisty first full-length collection (from a notable Emergency Poet known for dispensing poetry from a refitted ambulance), and finds attitude, wisdom, humour, razor-sharp observations and a sense of hard won pleasure

PUBLISHED ON: 30/10/18

CATEGORY: Reviews

Although Dirty Laundry is Deborah Alma’s first full-length collection, she is well known to many as the ‘Emergency Poet’, appearing at festivals, libr …

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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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The Buddha and the Pear

Jane MacNamee

PUBLISHED ON: 24/10/18

CATEGORY: Essays

Sometimes we pay too much attention, sometimes not enough. I’d taken the long route home again, back down Penglais hill from the library, not out of c …

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