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Jebel Marra by Michelle Green

-Reviewed by Cath Barton- The Darfur region of Southern Sudan in the Nile Valley of North Africa has been riven by civil war since 2003. Michelle Green worked for a humanitarian aid agency in Darfur in 2005 and this collection of 15 stories is rooted in her experiences there. Clearly such work has a strong…

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Saboteur Awards 2015: Best Anthologies, Pamphlets, Publishers and Reviewers

– In which Becky Varley–Winter sums up Best Anthologies, Poetry Pamphlets, Reviewers, and Publishers – Best Anthology Best Anthology was a dynamic, closely-fought category, with readers especially valuing anthologies that give space to fresh voices and break boundaries. Among the runners-up, Double Bill, ed. Andy Jackson (Red Squirrel Press) was praised for accessibility and variety, blending page…

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Saboteur Awards: The Results

Three more in-depth write ups of each category have been written elsewhere. For a summary of the Best Spoken Word Show, Regular Spoken Word Night, Spoken Word Performer, and One Off Event, click here. For a summary of the Best Anthologies, Pamphlets, Publishers and Reviewers categories, click here. For the Best Novella, Best Short Story Collection, Best…

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The Mesmerist’s Daugher by Heidi James

-Reviewed by Cath Barton- The Freudian theory about the child wanting to devour the mother who has nourished her is turned on its head in Heidi James’s vivid novella The Mesmerist’s Daughter. Published as a chapbook by Neon Books, this was originally included in an anthology of shorter fiction, Two Tall Tales and One Short…

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Don’t Try This At Home by Angela Readman

– Reviewed by Bethany W Pope – Angela Readman’s Don’t Try This At Home is a darkly surreal collection of short stories with a sharp psychological edge. Most of them explore the dangers of self-revelation and the struggle of attaining an identity. The writing is uniformly strong and the plots are satisfyingly complex, though the narrative voice…

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Women by Chloe Caldwell

 -Reviewed by Sarah Gonnet– In her novella, Women, Chloe Caldwell discusses love and obsession on a common enough level that it can be understood by anyone. We all know the markings of sexual relationships that she describes; the longing and divided tensions just as much as the united front against the world. Yet despite all…

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Second-Hand Rain by Georgia Carys Williams

-Reviewed by Rebecca Burns- Second-hand Rain is a collection of short stories by Georgia Carys Williams, short-listed for the Saboteur Award 2015 for Best Short Story Collection. Williams is a Welsh writer who has been shortlisted for a variety of other writing awards, including the Terry Hetherington Award and The South Wales Short Story Competition.…