The Mundane Goes Weird: ‘Live Show: Drink Included’ by Vicky Grut

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Vicky Grut, Live Show: Drink Included (Holland Park Press, 2018) By Lynnda Wardle “Perhaps it sounds uncaring” says one of the characters in Vicky Grut’s fine debut collection Live Show: Drink Included, “but… Continue reading

TRANSLATED LIVES: Louise Bourgeois and Annie Ernaux

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Annie Ernaux, The Years, trans. Alison L. Strayer (London: Fitzcarraldo, 2018; first published as Les Années, 2008) Jean Frémon, Now, Now, Louison, trans. Cole Swenson (London: Les Fugitives, 2018) By Becky Varley-Winter In… Continue reading

NEW POETRY BY MATTHEW STEWART, MAT RICHES, AND RALPH MONDAY

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MATTHEW STEWART works in the Spanish wine trade and lives between Extremadura and West Sussex. Following two pamphlets with HappenStance Press (both now sold out), his first full collection, The Knives of Villalejo,… Continue reading

NEW POETRY BY ROSE VAN SON

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ROSE VAN SON is a Western Australian poet and has been published in Westerly, Cordite, Australian Poetry Journal, Rabbit, Blood Orange Review (USA) , Grieve and more. She has won prizes in the… Continue reading

LYRIC MEDIUMS: Kate Bush’s ‘How To Be Invisible’

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Kate Bush How To Be Invisible (Faber, 2018) by Becky Varley-Winter In her lyrics to ‘The Sensual World’, Kate Bush draws inspiration from Molly Bloom, the ‘Penelope’ figure and ‘mountain flower’ whose orgasm… Continue reading

NEW POETRY BY HUGH MCMILLAN

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HUGH MCMILLAN is a poet from Penpont in south west Scotland who has been widely collected and anthologised. His latest collection ‘The Conversation of Sheep’, a collaboration with shepherd Michael Robertson, was published… Continue reading

NEW POETRY BY STEPHEN KEELER

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STEPHEN KEELER won a Scottish Book Trust New Writing Award in 2015 and published his chapbook While You Were Away in 2018 (Maquette Press). He was shortlisted for the Winchester Poetry Prize 2018 and has… Continue reading

NEW POETRY BY B. ANNE ADRIAENS AND DAVID CAMERON

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B. ANNE ADRIAENS currently lives and writes in Somerset, Britain. Her work often reflects her interest in alienation and all things weird and dark, as well as her concerns about pollution and the environment… Continue reading

TONIGHT YOU’RE FIGHTING A BEAR – A SHORT STORY BY SIMON NAGEL

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“You’re in for it, son,” they told me. “Tonight, you’re fighting a bear.” I’ve never been good for picking up on a joke, so I asked them again. They said they were serious.… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2018: TOM WHITE

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Of the handful of novels I managed to read this year, three in particular stand out. Basma Abdel Aziz’s The Queue (Melville House, 2016; translated by Elisabeth Jaquette) is the subtle, frequently unnerving… Continue reading

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