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A Book of Rooms by Kobus Moolman

-Reviewed by Afric McGlinchey- The multi-award-winning South African poet Kobus Moolman begins his seventh poetry collection with a quotation by Georges Perec: Even if I have the help only of yellowing snapshots, a handful of eyewitness accounts and a few paltry documents to prop up my implausible memories, I have no alternative but to conjure…

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Landscape with Plywood Silhouettes by Kerrin McCadden

-Reviewed by Afric McGlinchey- ‘Make of my life a few wild stanzas.’ In the opening poem of this collection, a young girl asks a tattoo artist to inscribe these words on her back, along with the ‘ink blue flash’ of a barn swallow. Using conceit as her principal device, with recurring images throughout the collection, Kerrin…

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The Great Vowel Shift by Robin Houghton

-Reviewed by Afric McGlinchey- Robin Houghton’s chapbook, beautifully produced by Telltale Press, is an engaging collection of amuse-bouches, alternating droll, ‘slant’ narratives with subtle poignancy. Houghton’s preferred form is long-lined stanzas usually two or three lines in length, although there is pleasing variety. Her voice is clear and unaffected. The poems are accessible enough to…

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Saboteur Awards 2014: Published Poetry

-In which Claire Trévien sums up the categories she presented at the awards- Best Poetry Pamphlet The poetry pamphlet was a very strong field pitting début pamphlets by rising stars such as Harry Man, Kathleen Bell and Rebecca Tamás against veterans Lisa Matthews, and W.N. Herbert. Kathleen Bell’s  At the Memory Exchange, was described by…

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Saboteur Awards 2014 – Results!

For a more in-depth account of each awards, click here for poetry, here for fiction, and here for performances! You can also check out the storify here to get a feel for the night. In the meantime, here are the results: Best Anthology Winner: Weird Lies, ed. Cherry Potts and Katy Darby (Arachne Press) Runner-Up: The Apple Anthology,…

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Saboteur Awards 2014: The Shortlist!

Vote now! The results will be announced at the Awards on 31st May, book tickets now!   Over the course of a month, over 600 of you have nominated in twelve categories, proving that indie lit is alive and well… As usual, we have been impressed by the breadth of your choices – but it’s…

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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…