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Emma Lee reviews Christine Valters Paintner’s – Dreaming of Stones

Christine Valters Paintner's "Dreaming of Stones” Paraclete Press www.paracletepress.com ISBN: 9781640601086 96pp $18 “Dreaming of Stones” is split into six sections, Hours, The Time of Our Lives,...

A Village Street in Winter- Ruth Brandt

For a couple of days that winter it blew warm. Half our street, the south facing half, glinted with ochres and terracottas in the...

People Don’t Think About Things Like That- Paul Brownsey

The puppy squirms in Janine's muscular arms as she rings the bell, but its squirming is eager, its energy indistinguishable from delight — delight...

Blight- New Fiction

My hands are wet. I washed them before I left the house but didn't dry them, the towel in the bathroom already used to...

White Ink- Fiction- John Higgins

Yet another pretentious arsehole spouting off about aesthetic theories. What is he looking for? To see how long he can shitetalk before sand falls...

Review- case of mis en abyme.

Carla Scarano D’Antonio moved to England (Lancashire then Surrey) in 2007 from Rome (Italy) and started attending creative writing courses. She obtained a Degree...

In extremis: Reviewed by Richard Lance Keeble

The life of war correspondent Marie Colvin, by Lindsey Hilsum.

Some Young One

‘I don’t want to go out, you know,’ Louise said as she ran the straighteners through her long blonde hair. Siobhan didn’t answer her. Instead...

Remembrance – A Review

Remembrance is a form of honour. We remember because we love.  The more we cherish a memory, the stronger it becomes. Last year I washed...

The Anthony Lawrence Interview -With Denise O’Hagan

Denise O'Hagan interviews the 2017 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Poetry, Antony Lawrence.

The Art of Happiness

The first kitten, Catalie Portman, lasts four days and six hours before you coax her into the crate and drive her back to Forever Friends Rescue.

Peacock Blue

The third time the beach ball hit the roof, Kurt sprang from his deckchair and yelled at the culprits, shaking his fist like Popeye the sailor.

Anne Bevan’s first collection of poems- Reviewed

TESTAMENT ANNE ELIZABETH BEVAN ISBN 978-1-910855-82-9 £10.00 Lapwing Publications, Belfast. Testament, Cork based poet Anne Bevan’s first collection of poems, has already received praise from reviewers: Anne’s poetry gets straight...

Consciousness and Control – Room Little Darker by June Caldwell-reviewed

Brian Kirk is an award-winning poet and short story writer from Dublin. His children’s novel The Rising Son was published in December 2015. He was selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series in 2013 and highly commended in the Patrick Kavanagh Award in 2014 and 2015. His first poetry collection After The Fall was published by Salmon Poetry in 2017. He blogs at www.briankirkwriter.com.

Afternoon Drinking in the Jolly Butchers, by Rachel Coventry- Reviewed

Afternoon drinking in The Jolly Butchers feels like being invited to join in a casual conversation with a group you found yourself sitting near to...

David Butler Reviews Maurice Devitt’s, Growing Up in Colour

Growing Up in Colour is dedicated to the memories of the poet’s parents, Brian Devitt (1920-1971) and Pauline Devitt (née Kennan) (1927-2014).

Bind by Christine Murray- Reviewed

Christine Murray uses minimal, impressionistic language to convey images from the natural world. 

Fealty by Ricky Ray- Reviewed

The book’s appeal to readers should be quite broad since Ray’s verse is accessible and intelligible

Jerusalem – fiction by Kate Ennals

Propped up against goose down pillows, her face is ravaged and pallid,  strung together with skeletal  bone. In one hand is a lit cigarette....

True Places – fiction by Frances Browner

Veronica watched the snowflakes drift onto the grass, in a thin white gauze. April was always a tease; just when you thought winter was...

The Sighting – fiction by Yong Takahashi

I see you again – walking towards me – with your confident stride. I notice your closely-shaven beard, white, button-down shirt, and neatly-pressed slacks....

Lemons- Carla Scarano D’Antonio

On Thursday I went to the supermarket and did my usual round: salad, fruit, vegetables. While I was selecting the oranges a net bag...

Poetry from a Maxine Rose Munro

Took the moon  I reached out and took the moon in my hand. I know others think she's still there in the blueblack sky lighting the world like...

Brenda Read-Brown’s ‘Like/Love’ – Reviewed

Brenda Read-Brown: Like Love V Press ISBN: 9781999844431 Launch date: 7 th November, 2018. Brenda Read-Brown’s biographical notes struck a chord with me, as I also changed direction after...

Motherhood by Sheila Heti – Reviewed

Motherhood by Sheila Heti London, Harvill Secker 2018 ISBN 9781846558375 £ 14.99 (paperback) ‘I’m protecting onto you, coins, the wisdom of the universe’ Motherhood A meditation on womanhood and motherhood...

The Settlement-Chris Boyland

The Settlement I’d borrowed some of your words - ‘wrong’, ‘useless’, ‘stupid’, ‘useless’ (seem to have two of those - dunno - maybe one’s a hand-me-down from your Mum.) You...

Family Man- Ewa Mazierska

Family Man They had been in the band for over twenty years now. Their best years, creatively and financially when a new record would sell...

Helen Angell- New Poetry

Helen Angell is a poetry and non-fiction writer based in South Yorkshire. She has had poems published in Route 57, Medea and Esoterica. Winner...

Pedigree – Fiction- David Gladwin

‘Was that all right?’ he said, panting anxious. ‘Did you like it?’ Angie plumped her pillow as he eased away. ‘Oh, it was fine.’ She...

Drifter – Fiction- Susan Anwin

Maggie saw the old geezer first on the mist-ridden streets of a nameless Scandinavian town during one of her predawn wanderings. He was some...

Bella by the Rosebush – Fiction

It smelled like coffee again. Each morning—every morning, it seemed, that same crimson odor seeped into the walls and the sheets. Each morning—every morning,...

Man Creates Itself – Fiction by John Higgins

It had been a quick death, they assured me. I’m not sure if that was meant as a gesture of consolation, or just a...

Shoot It – fiction by Alisdair L R I Hodgson

Shoot It by Alisdair L R I Hodgson Everyone is constrained by the little things. I imagine walking down this street – not just any...

The Realisation – fiction by Jude Alexzander

No one single thing had caused the Realisation.  Like the rest of his life, no dramatic events led up to it; rather it was...

Ruby Red Never Forget- Lyn Ann Byrne

“I remember you,” the stranger sang, back handling the door

Half a Boy – New Fiction

“Mattie, stop. You’ll burn the house down,” said Mam, prodding me in the back with the poker, the other day. But there’s no heat in...

Betrayal- Kate Ennals

Betrayal: short fiction by Kate Ennals.

Carolyn Jess-Cooke: Boom!

Carolyn Jess-Cooke: Boom!   ISBN-13: 9781781721759 Published by Seren Carolyn Jess-Cooke Carolyn Jess-Cooke was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1978 and currently lives in north-east England. She is mother to four...

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