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Paper and Ink #5: Damn the Man

– Reviewed by Steve Nash – Issue 5 of the punk DIY zine Paper and Ink sets its sights on damning the man. This aesthetically-pleasing, and deceptively vast, issue presents a series of polemic, comical, heart-breaking and often startling treatises on scraping through the days in soul-sapping non-careers.  In addition to the bile, though, it…

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Tender #6

– Reviewed by James O’Leary – Tender is a quarterly journal edited by Rachael Allen and Sophie Collins, seeking work by female-identified (inclusive of trans and gender-fluid) writers and artists. Each issue is a combination of poetry, prose, interviews, comics, photography, painting, illustration and collage. From issue one (April 2013), the journal established its own particular point…

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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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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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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.…

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Saboteur Awards: Best Short Story Collection

This month, we will showcase each of the works shortlisted in the Saboteur Awards by category. Last but not least: short story collections! If you’d like to have your say in the awards, don’t forget to vote! Tales of Modern Stupidity, by Quintin Forrest As a self-published author, writing about themes of the day, Satanic soft…

Ox Herding: A Secular Pilgrimage Jackie Griffiths

Ox-Herding: A Secular Pilgrimage by Jackie Griffiths

-Reviewed by Cath Barton- Although described as a novella, and wrapped in a fictional format, Ox-Herding… explores profound philosophical issues, indeed the meaning of life, no less! I was bemused, after I had read it, as to why Jackie Griffiths had made no reference to the symbolism of the ox which appears throughout, especially as…