The Rental Heart Kirsty Logan

The Rental Heart and other Fairytales by Kirsty Logan

-Reviewed by Rebecca Burns- I approached The Rental Heart with a great deal of interest – published by Salt, Kirsty Logan’s debut collection was a recent recipient of the Saboteur Award for the Best Short Story Collection 2014, and has received high praise from various quarters, including the broadsheets and across social media. What first…

Metalalia

Interview with Metalalia

Writer Alex Nicholson and musician Pam Shaffer launch their new multimedia story-telling experience this month, a collaboration that has brought them together across the Atlantic. Metalalia, an immersive app for tablet and smartphone devices, will give its audience fairytales with a modern twist, accompanied by a unique soundtrack and visual art. They’ve already made a…

Strong Room Roelof Bakker Jane Wildgoose

Strong Room by Roelof Bakker and Jane Wildgoose

-Reviewed by Eleanor Hemsley- Strong Room holds an enchanting collection of photographs alongside a short story that reignites a sense of archaic longing within us. The focus is, as with many other things, on the digital age, and the things modern day humans are missing out on. But this doesn’t come across as a stuck-in-the-past…

Long Live Us by Mark R Brand

Long Live Us by Mark R. Brand

-Reviewed by David Sheridan- Alright. Pour yourself a mug of coffee and cut yourself a slice of mom’s apple pie: it’s time we talk about Mark R. Brand’s Long Live Us, a collection of Chicagoan short stories with a sci-fi flavour. I’m going to start this review by being a bit British at you. I…

Lighthouse

Lighthouse #3 (Autumn 2013)

 -Reviewed by Hayden Westfield-Bell- Worldly. That adjective seems to fit Lighthouse #3 (Autumn 2013) best; the short stories, essays and poems contained within are fit-to-burst with cultural content from foreign lands. We begin close to home – the USA/UK – then travel to warmer climates – Spain, Guayaquil – and emerge in The Hague, then…

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The Bastille #2 (Summer 2013)

-Reviewed by Afric McGlinchey- The Bastille is an independent literary magazine published by the non-profit organization, Spoken Word, in Paris.  This journal gives us more than a ‘vertical understanding of poetry’, as Heaney put it. Here we have tripwire imaginations letting loose on the page, doodles and caricatures, gravity-free, tipsy, somersaulting poems. There’s diversity too…

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Annexe Introducing: Meander by Milou Stella, Hunters by Dorothy Lehane, Sketch by Eley Williams

-Reviewed by Charles Whalley- I reviewed pamphlets from the first series of Annexe Introducing pamphlets in February of last year. Happily and deservedly, Charlotte Newman’s Selected Poems went on to win Best Pamphlet in the 2013 Saboteur Awards. With three further pamphlets by Milou Stella, Dorothy Lehane, and Eley Williams, Annexe is certainly establishing itself…