Book Review: Kin by Hugh Dunkerley

The cover image of Hugh Dunkerley's new poetry collection (Kin, Cinnamon Press, 2019) is of a newborn baby emerging from a birthing pool so I was expecting to read poems about human vulnerability, frailty, pain, the complexities of parenthood, anxiety and joy, among other things, and I wasn't disappointed. Poems in the first two thirds … Continue reading Book Review: Kin by Hugh Dunkerley

‘Ten Poems from Ireland’ (Candlestick Press)

Town Hall Poets are a Poetry Society Stanza group who meet regularly at Trowbridge Town Hall, and other places, to read and talk about poetry, workshop each other's poems and arrange open-mic nights.  We're also lucky enough to be the Trowbridge Chapter of the Candlestick Press Collective, which means that we receive complimentary copies of … Continue reading ‘Ten Poems from Ireland’ (Candlestick Press)

Review of ‘Every Little Sound’ by Ruby Robinson

Reading Ruby Robinson’s debut collection Every Little Sound (Liverpool University Press, 2016) in the early days of the EU Referendum result, my ears were still ringing with one of the Leave campaign’s key slogans: “Take back Control,” an imperative phrase masquerading as a promise of freedom, and a reminder of the power dynamics at work in … Continue reading Review of ‘Every Little Sound’ by Ruby Robinson

Slow, slow, slow-slow, slow.

Things have been quite slow in recent weeks as I've been looking after my husband, Andrew, who's recovering from surgery following his diagnosis of prostate cancer (and doing really well), plus it's been the Easter holidays for our two teenagers, always a mixture of chaotic delightfulness, late night taxi duty, complicated sleeping arrangements and noise. … Continue reading Slow, slow, slow-slow, slow.

A Self-Help Book for Poets

As I mentioned before I've been on a 'sending off poems' spree recently so I'm now enjoying a lull in activities and catching up on some reading. This book (How (Not) to Get your Poetry Published, HappenStance Press, 2016) has had me gripped for the last few days.  I bought it for several reasons: I think it will be … Continue reading A Self-Help Book for Poets

New review for ‘The Misplaced House’

  Thanks very much to Emma Lee Review of my poetry pamphlet 'The Misplaced House' at her blog.    

Book Review: The Night My Sister Went to Hollywood by Hilda Sheehan

I seem to be reading more and more recently, either poems and articles online or blog posts or poetry collections and poetry magazines.  But I don't feel that I'm properly reading anything, not really absorbing the words, as if my head is just too busy and full to take very much in - and then … Continue reading Book Review: The Night My Sister Went to Hollywood by Hilda Sheehan

‘Whistle’ by Martin Figura

Just wanted to say what a deeply moving and uplifting experience it was to see Martin Figura's show, 'Whistle', based on his award-winning 2010 poetry collection of the same name which tells the story of  the events leading up to and following the killing of Martin's mother, June, at the hands of his father. I saw … Continue reading ‘Whistle’ by Martin Figura

Review of ‘Riddance’ by Anthony Wilson

Reading the poems in Anthony Wilson's Riddance I had the sensation of walking through a large house, switching on lamps and spotlights to illuminate not immediately visible nooks and crannies.  Nowhere is there one garish light explaining everything at once and, although the book is divided into five sections, I felt inclined to move freely … Continue reading Review of ‘Riddance’ by Anthony Wilson

‘Jawbreakers’: Small and scrumptious sips of fiction

In our age of sound-bites, pop-up shops, instant on-line publishing and short attention spans, it is entirely fitting that Calum Kerr has launched a national day to celebrate the art of the short, short-story, National Flash-Fiction Day, taking place on Wednesday, 16th May, 2012. From my first furry-tongued breath on New Year's Day, and daily … Continue reading ‘Jawbreakers’: Small and scrumptious sips of fiction