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A Choir of Ghosts by Janette Ayachi

-Reviewed by Hayden Westfield-Bell- Janette Ayachi’s A Choir of Ghosts, published by Calder Wood Press, navigates prostitution, love, loss, death, myth and magic in a historically informed series of poems that tickle the nose, whisper in the ears and entertain the eye. From Amsterdam to Berlin, ‘Livorno to Leith’, Ayachi summons place masterfully, creating densely…

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Fiction Round-Up 2013

-Compiled by Richard T. Watson- We have a Christmas tradition of sorts at Sabotage: to post a festive round-up of the year’s highlights in December, and to start by (mis)quoting that carol about it being the season to be jolly. And what is Christmas without its twee traditions? So here goes, 365 days from the…

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Poems in Which #4

 -Reviewed by Cecilia Bennett- While many journals choose a specific theme for each issue and attempt to create a sense of continuity through their selection, Poems In Which takes a different approach: Amy Key and Nia Davies, the creators and editors of the journal, stipulate that submitted poems should have a title beginning ‘Poem in…

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In conversation with Ira Lightman

-In conversation with Claire Trévien- Ira Lightman makes public art around the UK, regularly appears on BBC Radio 3’s The Verbs, writes and performs, and spent a lot of 2013 tracking poetry plagiarism. Claire Trévien: It’s been a busy year for you – it began with the Christian Ward scandal – you quickly became known as the ‘poetry sleuth’…

Best European Fiction 2014 Dalkey Archives

Best European Fiction 2014

-Reviewed by Richard T. Watson- Perhaps the first question raised by the Dalkey Archives Press‘ newest collection, Best European Fiction 2014, is: what is European fiction? What are the characteristics that define it against, say, American fiction? In such a varied continent, ranging from Portugal to Russia, Iceland to Greece, and a continent with so…

Looking for the Witches Jason Pilley

Looking for the Witches by Jason Pilley

-Reviewed by Eleanor Hemsley- Looking for the Witches is an extraordinary collection of interlocking short stories that explores both the way witches were caught and tried and also the way witches lived. The stories of different characters’ lives intertwine cleverly with each other to create a well-rounded and interesting read. I found whilst reading that…

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Softcore/Cloudstep by Sian S. Rathore

-Reviewed by Billy Mills- ‘Anything you can write is already somehow immanent in the language, a baffling fact that has various ways of affecting those who discern it.’ This is the first sentence of Hugh Kenner’s Foreword to the 1981 edition of Prepositions, Louis Zukofsky’s collected critical essays. Baffling as it may be, this is…