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Noirvember - Day 16 (Forever Words)

Johnny Cash’s music is ideal for Noirvember. With his dark, melancholic lyrics conjuring up imagery in the imagination, he was both haunter and haunted; his songs inhabiting our thoughts with a brooding poetry. 349 more words

Himself by Jess Kidd

It is a tremendous privilege to review the wonderful Himself on publication day. And what better time to discover this fantastic debut, immersed as it is in the dead and a forest borrowed from the Brothers Grimm, than a dark autumn evening? 184 more words

Book Review

Review: The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber

A weird sci-fi religion crossover type thing about a missionary on a far away planet. I enjoyed it, it reads well, and there’s an added touch of joy because it’s goes through a lot of ideas I wouldn’t normally think about in a way I wouldn’t normally think. 114 more words


The Outrun - Amy Liptrot

The Outrun – Amy Liptrot

The Last Word Review

For Amy Liptrot a life that seemed to be on the very edge of life. Struggling with addiction to alcohol, life seemed to be overtaking her and really taking her to some very dark places… 644 more words


Edinburgh Fringe 2016

I’ve just finished three and a half weeks of walks as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016. It was a new experience for me, and an enjoyable one – walking in the city, meeting people on the walks, running into old friends and acquaintances on the High Street while handing out postcards, and getting to know the poems, and the places I’d matched them with, better. 161 more words


Book Review - Orphans Of The Carnival by Carol Birch...

A life in the spotlight will keep anyone hiddenJulia Pastrana is the singing and dancing marvel from Mexico, heralded on tours across nineteenth-century Europe as much for her talent as for her rather unusual appearance. 313 more words


Taduno's Song -Odafe Atogun

I started with African literature many years ago. In Sixth Form I was studying for an International Baccalaureate rather than A Levels and our English Literature course focussed on world literature (in translation) so I was studying Dostoevsky, Moliere and Achebe when I was 16. 341 more words