2016

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December 2016

Direct and Spontaneous TestimonyEdwin Morgan: The Midnight Letterbox. William Bonar reviews the collected letters of Edwin Morgan, edited by James McGonigal and John Coyle.

November 2016

Poems of Quiet Devastation – Kylie Grant reviews Kate Hendry’s The Lost Original.

August 2016

Something Else: After Tomorrow the Days Disappear: Ghazals and Other Poems by Hasan Sijzi, translated by Rebecca Gould. A review by Kevin L. Schwartz, as part of Women in Translation Month 2016, #WITMonth.

Gender, Translation, and Chasing the Authentic Voice: Bret Easton Ellis and the Other Dogs by Lina Wolff, translated by Frank Perry. A review by Dominic Hinde, as part of Women in Translation Month 2016, #WITMonth.

July 2016

Fuelling the Fire: Claire Askew’s This Changes Things. A review by Vicki Husband.

Corruption Incarnate: Yuri Herrera’s The Transmigration of Bodies, translated by Lisa Dillman – by Ailsa Peate. A review of Herrera’s second book, also translated by Lisa Dillman, and an insight into contemporary Mexican and its often stereotypical portrayal in British culture.

Anthropocene Flotsam: Steve Mentz’s Shipwreck Modernity: Ecologies of Globalization, 1550-1719. Peter Adkins reviews Steve Mentz’s most recent booked about the post-Anthropocene age of the Naufragocene as part of our Ecocriticism Now thread.

Forms of Impatience: Vicky Jarrett’s The Way Out – by Gerard Lee McKeever. A review of a recent short story collection full of impatience and yet rooted in a Scottish tradition.

May 2016

Kiruna’s Choice: Dominic Hinde’s A Utopia Like Any Other: Inside the Swedish Model – by Rory Scothorne. Sweden has always been upheld as role model for democratic countries, Scotland included. But is this pioneer position really justified?

Porous and Resilient: Tales from a Cancelled Country, ed. Alan McMunnigall, Brian Hamill & Stuart Blackwood (thi wurd books, 2015) – By Gerard Lee McKeever. The day after the Scottish elections 2016, McKeever reviews a Scottish short story collection that endeavours to show the effects the Scottish Independence Referendum 2014 has had on the literary scene.

April 2016

Lyric Mediums: PJ Harvey’s The Hope Six Demolition Project – by Rebecca Varley-Winter. A review of PJ Harvey as musician and writer.

On The Edges: Amy Liptrot’s The Outrun – by Kevin Addies. An empathic and disturbing memoir of addiction, set on Orkney.

March 2016

An Oscillatory System: Pippa Goldschmidt’s The Need for Better Regulation of Outer Space – by Charlotte Morgan. Morgan reviews the scientific short story collection that garnered a spot on the Frank O’Connor Prize longlist.

Things Invisible to See: Russia’s Vanishing Act on Ukraine and the Country’s Literary Renaissance – by Steve Komarnyckyj. Komarnyckyj explains the relationship of Russia with Ukrainian literature and why the latter, in English translation, is experiencing a revival.

February 2016

Line Drawings, and other Diagrams: Miriam Gamble’s Pirate Music – by Matt Macdonald. Macdonald “is led along  a stream of similarly well executed lyrical forms” following the lines of Gamble’s carefully crafted collection.

Verging on the Absurd: Ivan Ivan Vladislavić, The FollyLynnda Wardle. South African Ivan Vladislavić’s first novel (1993), re-issued by And Other Stories in 2015, “is both funny and cruel and casts a surreal look at the workings of power as the characters march across its pages like grotesque marionettes.”

January 2016

100 Dutch-Language Poems: From the Medieval Period to the Present Day – by Richie McCaffery. A review of Holland Park’s new anthology, edited and translated by Paul Vincent and John Irons, with a special emphasis on issues of translation and accessibility within the canon of Dutch-language poetry.