‘Like Basically’ by Guy Russell

Guy Russell finally has a pamphlet in print. Huzzah! This is his first pamphlet, and deserves to be widely read, because Russell has plenty of most interesting things to say about the way we live now, and delivers his thoughts with humour and a grip on the vernacular I can only admire. His storytelling isContinue reading “‘Like Basically’ by Guy Russell”

‘100 Poems to Save the Earth’

Edited by Zoë Brigley & Kristian Evans This is a fascinating anthology, for a number of reasons. The first is, perhaps, the breadth of knowledge of contemporary poetry displayed by the editors who have compiled it for Seren. They have scoured not only well-trodden poetical paths, but much less well-known by-ways too. In this wayContinue reading “‘100 Poems to Save the Earth’”

“We got us a Convoy” …

So, me hearties, last night we foregathered in the forecastle (possibly) of HQS Wellington to launch Caroline Davies excellent book of poetry entitled ‘Convoy’. It deals mainly with the siege of Malta by the Axis Powers during WWII* and also with the homefront in Wales, and has as its foundation Caroline’s grandfather’s war and herContinue reading ““We got us a Convoy” …”

@ The Albion Beatnik

Last Wednesday I had the good fortune to be the rump (no really it’s true) of a party heading from Milton Keynes to The Albion (via supper with Oxford-centred writing chums) for a poetry reading by Wendy Klein and Dorothy Yamamoto. And I’ve been meaning to jot down some thoughts about it for nearly aContinue reading “@ The Albion Beatnik”

Another indie book found! The Martian

REALLY good indie books do not come galumphing by in herds. This is only the second – apart from [coughs modestly] my own that I recommend without hesitation. So … ta da! I give you Andy Weir’s ‘The Martian’. Except that I can’t give him to you because his excellent book (which I’ve just reviewedContinue reading “Another indie book found! The Martian”

i cannot bring myself to look at walls in case you have graffitied them with love poetry (kindle edition)

Because Dan’s novel has created some interest here – and in the interests of bringing some more of his work to the attention of people who might enjoy it – I’m pasting in below the short review of his last poetry collection that I did for Amazon. You can get a Kindle version of theContinue reading “i cannot bring myself to look at walls in case you have graffitied them with love poetry (kindle edition)”

Dan Holloway writes a conundrum

Dan Holloway’s recently published novel Evie and Guy is a true oddity. The author wanted to write a novel without using those restrictive things: words. This has been done before, of course. Most recently (to my knowledge) by Sheridan Shed Simove whose What Every Man Thinks About Apart From Sex briefly became a bestseller in 2011.Continue reading “Dan Holloway writes a conundrum”