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Campaign In Poetry ed. by Rachel Piercey & Emma Wright

– Reviewed by Sohini Basak – Strikingly, the poems in Campaign in Poetry are as much about contesting lack of concern about democracy as about the people, the individuals who are the units of the democracy. I will start with a poem on the centrefold, Rachel Long’s ‘Aunty’, which depicts what the most basic political scenario is often about: an encounter with…

‘More Sawn-Off Tales’ by David Gaffney

-Reviewed by Ralph Jones– Short, Sharp Bursts of Weird Give David Gaffney 150 words and you’ll be holding his hand as he leads you to some very strange places. More Sawn-off Tales is the second in the writer’s Sawn-off flash fiction series and this collection comprises 73 disquieting stories, each exactly the same in length.…

Missing Slate #8 (Winter 2013)

-Reviewed by J.S.Watts– I had better begin by stating, for the record, that I am a traditionalist when it comes to reading. By this I mean that I am old fashioned/ don’t own a Kindle (or any other portable electronic reading device – I am conscious that other makes/ brands/ lifestyle choices are also available). I…

Saboteur Awards 2013: Fiction

-In which Richard T. Watson sums up the Fiction side of the Saboteur 2013 Awards– The first of the Fiction stable’s awards was for the Best Short Story Collection by a single author. Four out of five nominees were traditionally-printed books, while one (Superbard’s The Flood) was designed specifically for the iPad and featured a…

‘Holophin’ by Luke Kennard

-Reviewed by Richard T. Watson– In Luke Kennard’s debut novella, the Holophin is a tiny, incredibly-powerful, highly-personalised computer. While humanity has forever been developing tools and technology to make life easier – the wheel, the plough, the sail, the loom, the steam engine, the computer, the telephone – in recent decades the drive has also…

Saboteur Awards 2013: The Shortlist

Your Pick of this Year’s Best Indie Lit! VOTING IS NOW CLOSED! Once a year, to mark our birthday, we at Sabotage like to give out some awards to the publications we’ve most enjoyed during the year. This year, we want YOU to vote for the winners in twelve different categories. After over 2000 votes,…

‘The Necropolis Boat’ by Luke Kennard

-Reviewed by Andrew Bailey– Luke Kennard’s The Necropolis Boat has a subtitle that offers a handy way in to the sequence: “Five songs and a tortured context”. Let’s trust that. Let’s start with the songs. Each is titled ‘The Great Necropolis Songbook’, from #1 to #5, and most use the kind of end-stopping rhymes that…