Category Archives: review

Review: The Becoming of Lady Flambé by Holly Magill

I’ve been to many poetry events over the last fifteen years and I love that frisson of meeting a new (to me) poet who has something beyond what I know in their poetry; something special and exciting. I felt that … Continue reading

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Review: Assembly Lines by Jane Commane

  Ledbury Poetry Festival is huge. I managed to get to a small fraction of events but, of those I went to, my stand-out single poem of the festival this year was Jane Commane’s UnWeather from her collection Assembly Lines … Continue reading

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Review: #MeToo, ed. Deborah Alma

#MeToo exploded into public consciousness with Harvey Weinstein’s fall from grace last October. Male interviewers were stunned that almost every woman added their own #MeToo incident. Many men were disbelieving. Women were shocked to discover we had so much in … Continue reading

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Poetry Click Bait

Poetry, like song, is as old as human speech. Perhaps song is even older, a hark to community from pre-Homo sapiens; cadences without words but yet full of meaning. The first stories were carried in memory and poetry lends itself … Continue reading

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Review: Prole, Poetry and Prose (Issue 21)

In a previous existence I was a biologist at Cambridge (UK) and then Stanford (USA). But I never felt confident in my biologist identity: I had imposter syndrome, except that it hadn’t been invented then. Now involved in creative things … Continue reading

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Review: How to Euthanise a Cactus, by Stephen Derwent Partington

    A review sometimes says as much, if not more, about the reviewer as the reviewed*. So I shall begin by fessing up that I still do not feel comfortable commentating on others’ work; I am all too aware … Continue reading

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Review: Man Up Jonny Fluffypunk

ConFab Cabaret pops up when they have someone or something amazing to bring to Malvern. Last night it was Man Up Jonny Fluffypunk: a one man show about what it takes to be a man – and, above all, a … Continue reading

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