WMDs among the Heather: Radical Nature Poetry Finds its Voice

Gerry Loose, Fault Line (Vagabond Voices, 2014) by Laurie Donaldson This timely new work by Gerry Loose is not really a collection but rather a single poem stretched across the landscape of the book.… Continue reading

Selected Poems from Gerry Loose’s ‘Fault Line’

ECOCRITICISM NOW: The essays, reviews, and poetry collected in this thread trace responses to the interlinked terms nature, ecology, and ecocriticism, all of which have come to occupy increasingly important roles in a… Continue reading

RETURN TO THE 1950S: Rachel Cooke’s ‘Her Brilliant Career’ and the novels of Mary Renault and Barbara Pym

Her Brilliant Career: Ten Extraordinary Women of the Fifties, Rachel Cooke (Virago, 2013) The Charioteer, Mary Renault ([1953] Virago, 2013) Excellent Women, Barbara Pym ([1952], Virago, 2009) By Clare Walker Gore In the General… Continue reading

WRITING THE SELF: ‘The Letterbooks of John Evelyn’ (eds. Douglas D. C. Chambers and David Galbraith) and the Art of Communication

Douglas D. C. Chambers and David Galbraith eds., The Letterbooks of John Evelyn, 2 volumes (University of Toronto Press, 2014) By Patrick J. Murray The writer John Evelyn had a high opinion of… Continue reading

NEW POETRY BY MARTYN CRUCEFIX

MARTYN CRUCEFIX has won numerous prizes including a major Eric Gregory award and a Hawthornden Fellowship. He has published 7 collections of poetry including Hurt (Enitharmon, 2010): “an exceptional ear…superbly intelligent…urgent, heartfelt, controlled and… Continue reading

SMALL-TOWN SOUTH AFRICA: Colette Victor’s ‘What to Do with Lobsters in a Place like Klippiesfontein’

Colette Victor, What to Do with Lobsters in a Place like Klippiesfontein (Cargo, 2015) By Lynnda Wardle Post-apartheid South Africa is not an easy setting for a novel. Writers feel bound somehow to tackle… Continue reading

IN RECOVERY: Guy Mankowski’s ‘How I Left The National Grid’

Guy Mankowski How I Left The National Grid (Roundfire, 2015) by Laura Waddell Describing itself as “a post-punk novel”, Guy Mankowski’s How I Left The National Grid is written from the alternating perspective of Robert… Continue reading

NEW POETRY BY BRIAN JOHNSTONE

BRIAN JOHNSTONE is a Scottish poet, born in Edinburgh in 1950. He lives in Fife with his wife, the artist Jean Johnstone. Working as a primary school teacher for over twenty years, Johnstone… Continue reading

“WATER TO FILL A DEEP DAMBO”: POEMS FROM EVELINE PYE’S NEW PAMPHLET, ‘SMOKE THAT THUNDERS’

EVELINE PYE studied Statistics at Glasgow University, worked as an Operational Research Analyst in the Zambian Copper Industry from 1975 to 1983 and then taught mathematics at Glasgow Caledonian University for 22 years. She… Continue reading

NEW POETRY BY PIPPA LITTLE

PIPPA LITTLE is a Scot from St. Andrews who now lives in Northumberland with her dog, husband and youngest son. Overwintering came out from OxfordPoets/Carcanet in 2015 and was shortlisted for The Seamus… Continue reading