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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…

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The Missing Woman and Other Stories

-Reviewed by Charlotte Barnes– Carole Burns’s recently published collection, The Missing Woman and Other Stories, is a bite-size collection of wonderfully crafted fiction, fitting together with a commendable fluidity through the motif of the missing woman icon. While Burns returns to this figure – or rather, the absence of this figure – she incorporates this…

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Paper & Ink #7: Hangovers

– Reviewed by Jenna Clake – The theme for Paper & Ink’s seventh issue is ‘hangovers’, which (perhaps inevitably) results in a dark, unrelenting read. Not that editor Martin Appleby is unaware of this; he concedes: ‘After reading this issue you will probably feel like you have been for a night on the booze with Charles…

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Pond by Claire-Louise Bennet

-Reviewed by Rebecca Burns– Pond is Claire-Louise Bennet’s first collection of stories. It is about 150 pages long and focuses on the experience of a woman living alone. Although the reader never gets to know the woman’s name, she is a fully-felt, fleshy character; her inner-most thoughts – banal, touching, occasionally hilarious – seep over…

101 Detectives

101 Detectives by Ivan Vladislavić

 -Reviewed by Sarah Gonnet– 101 Detectives is a collection of short stories far from the formulaic state of most mystery writing. The stories are written by Ivan Vladislavić, who has an impressive career spanning several short story collections and novels up to this point. In this collection the stories are often thematically each very different…

Fishermen's Tales

Fishermen’s Tales by Peter Kennedy

-Reviewed by Eleanor Hemsley– Fishermen’s Tales tells the story of the plague in Northern England, as a small village fights to keep it out whilst battling with their instincts to help others. Written by Peter Kennedy, it gives a desperate view of the plague from the eyes of the village people. Kennedy’s writing style changes…