Tag Archives: Afric McGlinchey

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All the Water all the Waves by Kallie Falandays

– Reviewed by Afric McGlinchey – According to Carolyn Forché, ‘One cannot transcend trauma. Trauma is trapped and clings to that which happened. We live not after trauma, but in its aftermath.’ In the untitled prose poems of All the Water all the Waves, an unnamed woman is profoundly alienated from herself, wishing for death: This isn’t what…

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Ghost of the Fisher Cat by Afric McGlinchey

– Reviewed by Grant Tarbard – Galway-born Afric McGlinchey has been far and wide and I can smell the adventure in Ghost of the Fisher Cat. She grew up in Zambia, Limerick, Zimbabwe and South Africa, and lived briefly in London, Paris and Spain before returning to Ireland in 1999. Paris is very much the focus of…

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Live With The Lump In Your Throat by Jodie Matthews

– Reviewed by Afric McGlinchey – ‘Whatever you’re meant to do, do it now,’ said Doris Lessing, ‘The conditions are always impossible.’ Jodie Matthews is a poet just out of her teens who has done just that, in Live With The Lump In Your Throat. Her appeal is immediacy. There’s a freshness to this chapbook, which…

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Saboteur Awards 2015: Best Anthologies, Pamphlets, Publishers and Reviewers

– In which Becky Varley–Winter sums up Best Anthologies, Poetry Pamphlets, Reviewers, and Publishers – Best Anthology Best Anthology was a dynamic, closely-fought category, with readers especially valuing anthologies that give space to fresh voices and break boundaries. Among the runners-up, Double Bill, ed. Andy Jackson (Red Squirrel Press) was praised for accessibility and variety, blending page…

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Saboteur Awards: Best Reviewer

This month, we will showcase each of the works shortlisted in the Saboteur Awards by category. Next up: best reviewer! If you’d like to have your say in the awards, don’t forget to vote! Dave Coates The nomination means the world to me. Writing online can sometimes feel like shouting into the void, but it’s great…

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Fred & Blossom by Michael Bartholomew-Biggs

– Reviewed by Afric McGlinchey – Fred & Blossom focuses on the glamorous real-life story of Fred (F.G. Miles, a Sussex laundryman’s son) and Blossom (Maxine Forbes-Robertson, the product of theatrical parents, later to become Lady Rantendone), who fell in love while Fred was teaching her how to fly. The poems form a collective narrative of…

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‘Literary Jury Duty’: Why Reviewing Matters.

Nominations for the next Saboteur Awards will open on 1st April. As we look towards them, here is what Afric McGlinchey, runner up in last year’s Best Reviewer Award, has to say about the award and reviewing poetry. I’m guessing that most reviewers are themselves poets. Many of us know that heart-in-mouth feeling of waiting…