PUREandGOODandRIGHT @ The Sozzled Sausage

12/03/2012, Leamington Spa -Reviewed by Claire Trévien- Venue and Atmosphere The Sozzled Sausage is one of those faux-decadent bars with fairy lights, rustic tables and curly-footed upholstery. As it was a Monday, the venue was empty, save for one of its side rooms in which the open mic took place. The room itself was awkwardly crowded…

Hammer & Tongue Cambridge featuring Anna Freeman

@ The Fountain Inn, Cambridge 08/03/2012 £6.50-£2 – reviewed by Seán Hewitt – When I arrive at a poetry slam, I usually anticipate having to execute a kind of soul-splitting which I’ve nearly perfected now. It goes like this: the outer-me sits listening to cringingly-confessional poetry read in a faux-‘working-class’ accent, as the inner-me writhes like…

Antiphon #1

-Reviewed by John McGhee- House lights darken. A baton taps. Rows in black tie. Opening night. The editorial in Antiphon’s premiere issue draws parallels between poetry and classical music: the role in each of pitch and patterns, the flow of sound and the unexpected. So perhaps it follows naturally to find Antiphon’s poems structured as…

‘I Wrote This For You’ by Iain Thomas & Jon Ellis

-Reviewed by Ian Chung- The digital age has seen the emergence of sites like Frank Warren’s PostSecret (2005) and Iain Thomas’s I Wrote This For You (2007) that have acquired loyal online followings. PostSecret made the leap from digital to print within a year of the site’s founding, and the book series now consists of…

‘Kindling’ by Stephen Livingston

-Reviewed by Martin Macaulay- Stephen Livingston’s short story ‘Choose Your Future’ was one of the winning seventeen stories to appear in Scotland Into the New Era, a collection of short stories published by Canongate that celebrated the establishment of the Scottish Parliament. This story also heads up Kindling, the writer’s first collection of a dozen…

Radgepacket #6

-Reviewed by Rory O’Sullivan- If short stories about East End cannibalism, council estate dawn raids, petty murder or smack-happy voyeurs busting a paedophile ring aren’t currently on your ‘to-read’ list, then prepare to take a literary smack in the chops like never before. This is because the wonderful, if slightly crazy, people at Byker Books…