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Slow Fires by Dan Wylie and Roxandra Dardagan Britz

-Reviewed by Claire Trévien– Terry Sanders’ 1987 documentary Slow Fires ‘looks at the disintegration of library holdings worldwide due to acidic paper’. Fast forward to 2016 and not only are we still concerned with ways to preserve fragile formats such as sound recordings, but, also with the uncertainty of digitisation. ‘Save it in the Cloud’,…

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Matric Rage by Genna Gardini

-Reviewed by Claire Trévien– Matric Rage is Genna Gardini’s powerful and strange debut collection, published by the new South African press uHlanga. I was befuddled by the title ‘Matric Rage’ for a while. Thanks to Robyn Cohen’s write up of her launch, I now know that it is the name of a South African student…

Filled with Ghosts Karen Little

Filled With Ghosts by Karen Little

 -Reviewed by Sarah Gonnet– Karen Little writes characters with a surface oddness. Whether they are floridly psychotic or merely displaying a level of everyday delusions and compulsions of creativity; they are all unusual and unique. As the book goes on it becomes easier to absorb the deeper psychological movements that the characters have as well…

Children's Children Jan Carson

Children’s Children by Jan Carson

-Reviewed by Richard T. Watson– Two of the short stories in Jan Carson’s collection Children’s Children serve as handy examples of the two different styles at work in the book as a whole. On the one hand, there’s ‘How They Were Sitting When Their Wings Fell Off’, the story of two shared lives interrupted by…

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Saboteur Awards – The Results!

After over a 4000 votes, these are our winner! Scroll down for a break-down of each category, including runner ups. Saboteur Awards Winners 2016 Best Collaborative Work: Fool’s World – A Tarot by Tom de Freston and Helen Ivory Best Anthology: Being Dad: Short Stories about Fatherhood (Tangent Books) Best Spoken Word Performer: Emily Harrison Best Poetry Pamphlet: Border…

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Deerhart by Yvonne Reddick

– Reviewed by Grant Tarbard – I am writing this review in the corpse of the night, so let’s rip through it: Yvonne Reddick’s recent research focuses on British environmental poetry, working on a book-length study of Ted Hughes from an environmental perspective. Deerhart is filled to the gills with rock pools, life in miniature, rutting stags, and the…

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Spotlight on the Best Spoken Word Show Shortlist

We’re getting to the end of these spotlights, if the information below doesn’t make you want to book tickets to see them live, I don’t know what will! Remember to book tickets to the awards! Cult Friction by Sophia Walker An excuse for even more pizza. At this rate, I am going to become pizza.…