THE NOSTALGIA OF ‘MY BRILLIANT FRIEND’: FEVER, FICTION, and MEMOIR

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By Grazia Ietto Gillies The adaptation ‘Oh! Le aste, le aste’. My reaction is immediate.[1] The show brought it all back. On screen is a page of the school workbook of six-year old… Continue reading

NEW POETRY – JULY/AUGUST: ELIZABETH RIMMER, THOMAS STEWART, AND MICHAEL EGAN

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ELIZABETH RIMMER is a poet, and poetry editor for Red Squirrel Press. She has published three collections of poetry with Red Squirrel Press, Wherever We Live Now, in 2011, The Territory of Rain, in September 2015, and, Haggards (2018)… Continue reading

AN INTERVIEW WITH KATE TOUGH

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Kate Tough‘s novel, Keep Walking Rhona Beech (Abacus, 2019) has had an unconventional publication journey, something she wrote about it in a piece for the Scottish Book Trust that you can find here. In this interview,… Continue reading

BREAKING SILENCE – A SHORT STORY BY LAURA MUETZELFELDT

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That word, ‘Heimweh.’ He’s at a talk by an author in the basement of a local bookshop. He walked in late and was ushered to an empty seat in the front row by… Continue reading

NEW POETRY – JUNE/JULY SELECTION: IAIN TWIDDY, FRED JOHNSTON, SIÚN CARDEN

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IAIN TWIDDY studied literature at university and lived for several years in northern Japan. He has poems published or forthcoming in The Poetry Review, Stand, Poetry Ireland Review, The Blue Mountain Review, The Stinging Fly and elsewhere. FRED JOHNSTON was born in Belfast… Continue reading

The Burden of Gratitude: ‘The Ungrateful Refugee’ by Dina Nayeri

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Dina Nayeri, The Ungrateful Refugee (Canongate, 2018) By Lynnda Wardle Living in a crumbling Italian hotel-turned-refugee camp, the 8-year old Dina Nayeri witnesses a story as old as time itself. While everyone waits… Continue reading

REFUGEE TALES III: The Foster Child’s Tale

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Refugee Tales III (ed. David Herd and Anna Pincus) is published 11th July 2019 by Comma Press. Refugee Tales is an outreach project of Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group, and all proceeds from the… Continue reading

REFUGEE TALES III: The Stateless Person’s Tale

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Refugee Tales III (ed. David Herd and Anna Pincus) is published 11th July 2019 by Comma Press. Refugee Tales is an outreach project of Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group, and all proceeds from the… Continue reading

NEW POETRY – MAY/JUNE SELECTION: CHERYL FOLLON, MHAIRI OWENS, NATHANAEL URIE

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CHERYL FOLLON‘s latest collection, Santiago is published by Bloodaxe Books (2017). Her poems have appeared in The Herald, The Dark Horse, The Times Literary Supplement, and on BBC Radio 4 amongst other places.… Continue reading

“Sounds how the cutting of time might”: O. at the Edge of the Gorge by Martyn Crucefix

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O, At the Edge of the Gorge. Martyn Crucefix (Guillemot Press, 2018) Review by Alison Graham Martyn Crucefix has a remarkable body of work behind him, ranging from the equal parts startling and… Continue reading

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