Sage and Time 23/03/11 (The Charterhouse Bar)

-Reviewed by James Webster- The Night Sage and Time is quickly becoming my favourite poetry event in London. Run every fourth Wednesday of the month at the Charterhouse bar in the Barbican, it’s organised by the incomparable Anna LeDoesPoetry and features some truly accomplished poets. The format is fun and not too heavy, mixing the…

‘Cloud Pibroch’ by James McGonigal

-Reviewed by Afric McGlinchey- Poetry is a matter of personal taste, of course. This pamphlet, McGonigal’s third, appeals to me because the images are particularly distinctive, although sometimes they are so striking as to be distracting. But where others might lapse into lyricism rather than substance, McGonigal’s magical and surprising imagery has an assuredness which does…

Saboteur Awards 2011

Saboteur Inaugural Awards 2011 At last, here is an award that will celebrate all that is good and wonderful about literary magazines, be they online or in print. We hope that you will be a part of it.  How will it work? The longlist will be made up of magazines reviewed in Sabotage from 31st…

‘The Winter Triptych’ by Nicole Kornher-Stace

-Reviewed by Tori Truslow- A kitchen girl creeps through a winter-wrapped tower, crossing paths with the ghost of a long-dead queen. A hundred years ago, in a different winter, the same queen swells with child and ruthlessly quells rebels. Nicole Kornher-Stace’s strange, whispering novella darts back and forth between the two, slowly drawing them together…

‘The Thief’ by Gill Andrews

-Reviewed by Afric McGlinchey- Gill Andrews delivers a lightness of touch in her chapbook, The Thief, which opens with a poem called ‘The man who paints the bridge’ (a title that reminds me of the simplicity of Wislawa Szymborska ‘People on a bridge’.)  The first two stanzas ring with clarity: ‘His left hand holds a…

Horizon Review #5

-Reviewed by Juliet Wilson- Horizon Review is an online journal produced by Salt Publishing, which takes its name and its inspiration from Horizon, the magazine Cyril Connolly ran from the outbreak of the War in 1939 until it closed in 1949. Horizon Review is currently edited by Katy Evans-Bush who says she wants Horizon review to be ‘an experience,…

A little bit of fiction…

-By Richard T. Watson- March 2011 is a significant month for fiction in the UK. Mostly for readers of fiction, but I guess that’s most people involved with fiction at one stage or another. This month is significant for two main reasons. The first is the widely-popular World Book Night, which involved 20,000 people giving…

The Night of the Day by David Morley

-Reviewed by Rose Davies- The Night of the Day by David Morley is a pamphlet of poems which traverse the bleak difficulties of a life lived on the edges of society. In the early section of the book the content of the work deals with the tragedy of domestic violence, witnessed through the eyes of…

Literary Blogs

At a recent Identity Parade event at Paris’ Shakespeare & Co, the four invited readers, A.B. Jackson, Annie Freud, Sally Read,  Ahren Warner, as well as editor Roddy Lumsden were all asked about their opinion on blogging. I was surprised to hear that none of them were particularly active on the internet, preferring the spoken word. Annie Freud said…