‘Acquired for Development by…’ A Hackney Anthology

- Reviewed by John McGhee- “In recent years Hackney has become synonymous with London Cool,” says Invest in Hackney. “Hackney – a crime infested craphole,” counters Your City’s Worst District. Until the new Overground line connected east London to south, my own preconceptions about Hackney lay somewhere between these two extremes. Clapton. Hoxton. Dalston. Homerton.…

The Word House 28/04/12

- Reviewed by Dana Bubulj – @ The Gallery Cafe Host: Dan Simpson who was congenial and subtle as Jeeves, introducing acts and letting them take the limelight. His two poems were comic and warmed the crowd: from the chronically silly “Place in the Sun”, (which isn’t much fun, truth be told) to “Ride”, which used the…

An Interview with Tim Wells

-a virtual conversation with Claire Trévien- Hello Tim, and thanks for ‘joining’ me for a quick chat about your projects, and in particular, your involvement in Penning Perfumes, a creative collaboration that pairs poets with perfumers. What made you decide to take part in the Penning Perfumes project? Were you interested in scents prior to…

‘Squawk Back’ #50

-Reviewed by Ian Chung- Squawk Back is an online publication that publishes on a weekly schedule, boldly proclaiming that it is ‘far less interested in exploiting emergent literary voices than providing them with a slightly louder box with which to squawk’. In an article on The Lit Pub, editor-in-chief Zak Block offers this description of…

‘This Is The Quickest Way Down’ by Charles Christian

-Reviewed by Tori Truslow- Small-press speculative fiction is often where the interesting stuff is, so I was intrigued by Proxima, Salt’s new fantasy/sci-fi imprint. One of their first offerings, Charles Christian’s This is the Quickest Way Down, is a collection of “dystopian sci-fi, dark fantasy and urban gothic” fiction that promises to “tread the fine…

Skittles by Richard Marsh

-Reviewed by James Webster – @ the Battersea Arts Centre 15/12/2011 About Richard and Skittles Richard Marsh is a very gifted performer. A superb poet, who hosts one of my favourite poetry events Sage & Time every month in Farringdon, and has won a bevvy of slams (and has been reviewed several times by Sabotage…

Saboteur Awards 2012: The Winners

The voting closed last night at midnight with 191 of you letting us know which of the nominated magazines were your favourite. Reading your comments has been one of the most rewarding parts of the process and demonstrates how passionate you feel about magazines, which is a very wonderful thing indeed. The winner of the…

Bang Said The Gun! 23/02/2012

- reviewed by Koel Mukherjee – @ The Roebuck THE HYPE – It’s hard not to turn up to Bang Said The Gun! with a heaving sack full of expectations. A hugely popular night, run by a medley of awesome London poets, Bang! regularly garners glowing reviews and has been featured on Channel  4 and Sky.…