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Margaret Thatcher’s Museum by Antony Owen

– Reviewed by Emma Lee – Margaret Thatcher’s Museum recounts growing up in the English Midlands during Margaret Thatcher’s time as Prime Minister (1979 – 1990), when Coventry’s main employers – chiefly the car industry – were shutting down, unemployment was on the rise and the spectre of the Cold War loomed. In “The Other Iron…

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The Lion-Faced Man by CN Lester and Hel Gurney – Tête à Tête Opera Festival

– reviewed by Sasha Garwood – A fascinating collaboration between a poet and composer… Full disclosure: the people behind The Lion-Faced Man (part of the Tête à Tête contemporary opera festival), composer and musician CN Lester and anarchic poet-turned-librettist Hel Gurney, are among my closest friends. You will simply have to trust that I am a terrible liar and…

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The Humdrum Club by Peter Rawlings

– Reviewed by Rachel Stirling – The Humdrum Club circles the sanctity of the self and the ambivalence of belonging. Tension is provided by the poet’s desire to belong, a deep compulsion pressing from the inside, versus his competing distaste for belonging and fear of loneliness, which seems to lie heavily on his thoughts. Yet…

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Valentina by Evangeline Jennings

-Reviewed by Kristin Urban-Watson- It’s not an unusual premise for a story: a beautiful exotic young women in beautiful California, with a sampling of simple charm, and sometimes graphic sex. These ingredients have been seen time and time again within literature, but author Evangeline Jennings does something a little bit different. With her novella Valentina,…

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Greetings, Hero by Aiden O’Reilly

-Reviewed by Rebecca Burns- Greetings, Hero is a collection of fifteen short stories by Aiden O’Reilly, about 300 pages in length. For a short story collection, this is a long book – the title story is 80 pages. Locations vary; stories are set in Dublin, Poland and Eastern Europe, and all share a commonality –…