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‘Sweet Home’ by Carys Bray

-Reviewed by Richard T. Watson- Few of us can remember our childhoods vividly and clearly, every memory of every day as clear as, say, last week. We’re not necessarily consciously selective in our memories, but we do tend to hold onto the highlights and lowlights to stitch together some sort of narrative of our early…

‘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.…

‘Swarming’ by Edward Mackay

-Reviewed by Richard Watt- Swarming by Edward Mackay is in esteemed company. His 19 poems sit in the Salt Modern Voices series, from which several pamphlets have been my favourite poetry releases of the last couple of years. Several pages in it’s obvious Mackay’s a romantic, and very well read even for a modern poet,…

‘Then Spree’ by Nia Davies

-Reviewed by Donald Gardner- Much of Then Spree, Nia Davies’s first pamphlet of poems, reads like a focussed, if somewhat wayward diary: ‘Look up. Berries suspended in thorns/ are that same rackety churlish: / an overspill of fluster, / my lurching, a leach of sagey green.’ This poem (‘Born in a moody basket’) closes with…

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,…

Published Poetry 2012: a Top 10

-Listed by Claire Trévien- As the end of the year approaches, it is customary to attempt round-ups of sorts. Last year, I asked for people’s favourite poetry pamphlets on twitter. This year I will be taking inspiration from last year’s fiction top ten and providing links to the top ten most read published poetry reviews…

‘Braking Distance’ by Calum Kerr

-Reviewed by Claire Trévien- Of late, motorways appear to be enjoying some sort of a renaissance among creative writers. Erbacce Press has just published an anthology of poetry and fiction titled In the Company of Ghosts: The Poetics of the Motorway, and now Calum Kerr, in only the second Salt Modern Voices fiction pamphlet, offers…

‘Fleck and the Bank’ by Rob A. Mackenzie

        -Reviewed by Harry Giles-   Rob A. Mackenzie’s wee book, from the Salt Modern Voices series, is a tight, clear, wry piece of wonder, and a great use of the pamphlet form. Its small and simple purpose to “make partial sense” of the author’s absent friend, Fleck is made loud and deep by being…

‘This Is The Quickest Way Down’ by Charles Christian

-Reviewed by Tori Truslow- Small-press speculative fiction is often where the interesting stuff is, so I was intrigued by Proxima, Salt’s new fantasy/sci-fi imprint. One of their first offerings, Charles Christian’s This is the Quickest Way Down, is a collection of “dystopian sci-fi, dark fantasy and urban gothic” fiction that promises to “tread the fine…