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Bare Fiction #3

-Reviewed by Jennifer Wong- Contemporary avant-garde creative journal Now in its third issue, the new 80-page literary journal, Bare Fiction, is a delightful read. Boasting a contemporary, forward-looking and experimental slant, the magazine features an ambitious range of writers, including many exciting young voices published for the first time. Its poetry section reflects a bold,…

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Kiss Of The Viking by Julie Maclean

-Reviewed by Lucy Furlong- In an interview with Tania Hershman last year, Julie Maclean said that she loves ‘to feel the spirit of a place’, and in her new pamphlet, Kiss of the Viking, she manages to convey that spirit in her poems, written after a study tour of Scandinavia. These are not ‘holiday’ poems,…

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Marrow by Sabne Raznik

 -Reviewed by Matthew Halliday- Marrow is a mini-pamphlet dedicated to the memory of the author’s nephew from cancer, and other children who suffer from the disease. It is composed of three poems: “Mrs Albuninah” is a relatively long piece, and there are two shorter ones at the end: “Memory Fractured” and “Marrow”. Although it is…

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She Must by Rosie Sherwood

-Reviewed by Bethany W. Pope- She Must, by Rosie Sherwood, is a very brief, barely illustrated narrative ostensibly based on the comic book format that describes a woman ‘who might or might not be time itself’. That quote is from the website, by the way. There is nothing so clear in the book. The book…

Young Skins by Colin Barrett

Young Skins by Colin Barrett

-Reviewed by Rebecca Burns- Young Skins is Colin Barrett’s debut collection of short stories. It is published by The Stinging Fly Press and comprises seven tales in total. About 180 pages long, it is one of those rare pieces of fiction: a crackling, blazing set of stories, written in language both jolting and poetic. The…

Escape Kit by William Thirsk-Gaskill

Escape Kit by William Thirsk-Gaskill

 -Reviewed by Sarah Gonnet- One of the main advantages of writing a novella instead of a full-length novel is the energy the shorter form allows for. William Thirsk-Gaskill takes full advantage of this. He creates voices for his characters that are spikey with humour and poetic sensitivities. The nuances and everyday characteristics of the characters…

Faber New Poets 9 Rachael Allen

Faber New Poets 9 by Rachael Allen

-Reviewed by Charles Whalley- Rachael Allen writes nervous poems of suppressed menace. In her debut pamphlet, the speakers are “always expecting / something to happen”(‘Regional Tendencies’), awaiting some approaching cataclysm like the “resigned” frogs “being swept downstream glassy-eyed and knowing towards the / open mouth of a drain” (‘Transportation’). In the poems’ strange perceptiveness, there…

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Hot Damn by Cat Woodward

-Reviewed by Sam Loveless- The little ghost on the cover may be the first thing you focus on when picking up Hot Damn, but it is the spilt milk carton it escapes from that is more apt to the first reading of this pamphlet: blood and vitriol have been spilled on many levels, and many…