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…

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Paper and Ink #4

– Reviewed by Steve Nash – Martin Appleby, editor and architect of the punk-tinged literary zine Paper and Ink, shares his hope in the opening notes that readers will ‘enjoy the shit out of’ issue 4. Truth be told, it’s not hard to enjoy something that bears so many marks of the passion that clearly went into its…

Because The Night Stacy Hardy

Because the Night by Stacy Hardy

-Reviewed by Holly Jazz Kotzé- Because The Night is a collection of short stories all by the same writer, Stacy Hardy. Here’s my confession: that bit of information somehow passed me by; an administrative error, a collapse in concentration, whatever it was I started reading this book thinking it was simply a novel or a…

Fugue The Siren

Fugue (ed. Lucy Carroll)

 -Reviewed by Sarah Gonnet- Fugue is a map of surreal experiences in a foreign world. Right from the immersive introduction we know we’re being led into something special. Something bizarre. Something Poetic. Yet at the same time we receive constant signposts that link the short stories to the real world. For example in the second…

Above Sugar Hill by Linda Mannheim

‘Above Sugar Hill’ by Linda Mannheim

-Reviewed by Nick Murray- It’s like all those snapshots of New York – Brooklyn and Manhattan – in the 70s and 80s that you remember seeing when you were young. Starting with grainy reruns of Sesame Street – complete with proto-PSAs, where afroed kids would perch their bellbottoms on doorway steps – to pictures your…