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Review: “Salt” by Amber D Tran

Review: “Salt” by Amber D Tran

Author: Amber D Tran | Publisher: Shanti Arts | Buy: Amazon UK/Amazon USA | More: Goodreads As a reader who prefers his poetry language- rather than narrative-focussed, Amber D Tran’s 2018 collection, Salt, is not the kind of book I would usually gravitate towards, which […]

Review: “White Wine and Medicinal Marijuana” by Julia Cirignano

Review: “White Wine and Medicinal Marijuana” by Julia Cirignano

Author: Julia Cirignano | Publisher: Createspace | Buy: Amazon UK/Amazon USA | More: Goodreads In the preface of her collection White Wine and Medicinal Marijuana, Julia Cirignano says she hopes to “attract, startle, and also comfort” her readers. Through a compilation of unique, sensory and […]

The Apocalypse Primer: Novels

The Apocalypse Primer: Novels

The apocalypse has long been fertile ground for the literary imagination. There’s something irresistably fascinating, it seems, in the idea of total destruction – whether that be by means of war, plague, natural disaster, or something more odd and unpredictable. Now more than ever, a […]

Review: “You Should Come with Me Now” by M John Harrison

Review: “You Should Come with Me Now” by M John Harrison

Author: M John Harrison | Publisher: Comma Press | Buy: Amazon UK/Amazon USA | More: Goodreads M John Harrison’s You Should Come with Me Now is his first collection of short fiction in fifteen years. These aren’t short stories per se, but rather scenes, vignettes […]

Review: “Shadows on the Tundra” by Dalia Grinkevičiūtė

Review: “Shadows on the Tundra” by Dalia Grinkevičiūtė

Author: Dalia Grinkevičiūtė | Publisher: Pereine Press | Buy: Amazon UK/Amazon USA | More: Goodreads Published by Pereine Press, a boutique publishing house specialising in European literature, Shadows on the Tundra is an extraordinary tale of survival against the odds. In 1949, aged just 21, […]

The Big List of UK Poetry Publishers

The Big List of UK Poetry Publishers

You may only have heard of one or two of the larger poetry publishers in the UK, but there are actually a great many excellent small presses that producing everything from full-length collections down to short runs of beautiful hand-made chapbooks. You can find a […]

Review: “Be With” by Forrest Gander

Review: “Be With” by Forrest Gander

Author: Forrest Gander | Publisher: New Directions | Buy: Amazon UK/Amazon USA | More: Goodreads Grief never leaves you. Even if you find a way to proceed with your journey after the impasse of mourning, the imprint of sorrow remains. The same is true of […]

Review: “A Z-hearted Guide to Heartache” by Charley Barnes

Review: “A Z-hearted Guide to Heartache” by Charley Barnes

Author: Charley Barnes | Publisher: V Press | Buy: Amazon UK/Amazon USA | More: Goodreads As a debut poetry pamphlet Charley Barnes’s A Z-hearted Guide to Heartache does what so many other collections and pamphlets fail to do: Barnes does an amazing job of creating […]

Review: “Your Person Doesn’t Belong to You” by Isabel Sobral Campos

Review: “Your Person Doesn’t Belong to You” by Isabel Sobral Campos

Author: Isabel Sobral Campos | Publisher: Vegetarian Alcoholic Press | Buy: Amazon UK/Amazon USA | More: Goodreads The story of Joan of Arc is an enduring tale of passion, nationalism and courage. She lived and died in the 13th century – at a time when women […]

Battery Pack III Selection and Shortlist

Battery Pack III Selection and Shortlist

Battery Pack is a tiny, tiny anthology. With more than 250 submissions, picking the six ultra-short stories for the next edition was a pretty difficult task – especially given the extremely high calibre of much of the work sent in. After a great deal of […]