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Elbow Room #3 & #4

-Reviewed by Afric McGlinchey- An ongoing, sexy trend in the arts is collaborations, both live and on the page, or wall, or screen. Launched in 2012, Elbow Room curates art journals and live events as platforms for collaborations between artists. One of their specialty publications is a slim, hand-bound pamphlet that pairs the visual with…

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Bare Fiction #3

-Reviewed by Jennifer Wong- Contemporary avant-garde creative journal Now in its third issue, the new 80-page literary journal, Bare Fiction, is a delightful read. Boasting a contemporary, forward-looking and experimental slant, the magazine features an ambitious range of writers, including many exciting young voices published for the first time. Its poetry section reflects a bold,…

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Bare Fiction Magazine #2

-Reviewed by Cath Barton- Bare Fiction is a literary magazine available in print and digital formats, but the magazine is only one part of what Bare Fiction represents. Its founding and managing editor, Robert Harper, is an actor and a producer and director of theatre and TV as well as a poet, and these preoccupations…

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Lunar Poetry #1

-Reviewed by Zara Raab- Lunar Poetry earns its name in this first issue, full of tunes and nonsense, word play and wit (right down to the names of the poets), weddings gone awry and stanzas sent topsy-turvy. Lesley Burt’s “Turning the Picnic Tables” recreates in four tercets Manet’s famous painting (Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe) with…

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Box[Ed.] #1

-Reviewed by Cathy Dreyer- Box[Ed.], a new magazine from a group of MA students at Kent University’s School of English, arrived in a buff-coloured box, its contents huddled together like a pile of leaves in an Autumn garden. I felt quite protective of this small assortment, as if I ought to guard it from the…

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The Germ #1 and #2 (ed. Jonny Bruce)

 -Reviewed by Billy Mills- The original Germ was an organ of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Subtitled ‘Thoughts towards Nature in Poetry, Literature and Art’, the journal featured poetry by the Rossettis and others, as well as essays on art and writing by members and friends of the Brotherhood. The first issue appeared in 1850 but the…

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The Black Light Engine Room #8

-Reviewed by Alex Campbell- In line with the delightfully Gothic cover, there is a darkness that runs through this collection; by turns weird, creepy, bleak and hopeful, there is an undeniable strength of feeling in The Black Light Engine Room. Being from Newcastle myself, this Middlesbrough magazine strikes a chord with me, and I feel…

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The Golden Key #2: Old Things

-Reviewed by Nick Murray- “That’s like the time – I know this guy – and this one time…” It’s a line we all knew so well to expect around the dinner table, or at the pub, or halfway through a film. Tom is that friend of mine (that friend that we all have in one…