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The Numbers by Christopher Burns & Jackdaws by Neil Campbell

-Reviewed by Cath Barton- Nightjar Press publishes single-story chapbooks in limited editions of 200 copies. Elusive, like the bird of the press’s name, and many of them are now sold out. The press’s publisher and editor Nicholas Royle writes of the nightjar that it is: “… a nocturnal bird with an uncanny, supernatural reputation…. more…

Treats by Lara Williams

Treats by Lara Williams

-Reviewed by Nick Murray- Reading Treats feels like swooping in through someone’s window and slowing down just long enough to see what the inhabitants are doing before flying through the opposite window back into the night. It unfolds with the very first sentence and presents you with the hidden complexities of what can seem like…

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-Reviewed by Claire Trévien– draft is a new literary and fine art zine created by Magdaleen du Toit as a ‘platform for young creative people’. It’s beautifully printed on recycled paper with cover art by Anico Mostert and is very reasonably priced at 25 Rand (roughly £1). In the tradition of zines, you’d struggle to…

The furry covers of the limited print run of Lost in the Land of Bears

Lost in the Land of Bears by S. Kay

-Reviewed by James Knight– There are many writers on Twitter who play with the tweet as a literary form, exploiting the constraints of the 140-character limit and exploring the ephemerality and interactivity of tweets. Twitter fiction can be intoxicatingly condensed, sharp, ingenious, and unlike other short-form fiction its character is affected by its unique environment,…

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Texaners by T. F. Rhoden

-Reviewed by Jessica Gregory- ‘…those perfectly imperfect souls of expansive, yet common diversity.’ -Texaners What comes to mind when thinking of Texas? What stands out from the jumble of imagery that us non-Texans have subconsciously absorbed from various transmitters? Some montage of the following, I would say: the lonely ranches in the desert with their…

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Impossible Things: Creative Future Literary Winners

– Reviewed by Grant Tarbard – Impossible Things is an anthology featuring the twelve award winning entries in the 2015 Creative Future Literary Awards. A happy marriage between Kingston University Press and Myriad Editions, this is an interesting read, with works from Catherine Edmunds, Alexi Francis, Des Mannay, Sanya Semakula, Jackie Hagan, Moray Sanders, Suna Akiah, Oliver…

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A Galaxy of Starfish: An Anthology of Modern Surrealism ed. by Sophie Essex

– Reviewed by Jenna Clake – In her introduction to A Galaxy of Starfish, editor Sophie Essex states: ‘Whilst our definitions of surrealism vary they are glorious in their fluidity, are movement of ideas & passion, are valid in every interpretation.’ It’s true: this anthology showcases a varied approach, thereby proving that Modern Surrealism has…