Review of ‘How the Heart Can Falter’ by Giovanna MacKenna

One of the pleasures of writing reviews is that you read closely a lot of contemporary poetry and just occasionally a debut collection stops you in your tracks because you know it is the beginning of something significant. How the Heart Can Falter (The Museum of Loss and Renewal Publications, 2022) by Giovanna MacKenna is oneContinue reading “Review of ‘How the Heart Can Falter’ by Giovanna MacKenna”

Drop in by Giovanna MacKenna

Today I have the absolute pleasure on inviting Giovanna MacKenna to reflect on her stunning debut collection How the Heart Can Falter (The Museum of Loss and Renewal Publishing, 2022). Thank you for the invitation, Nigel. What author can resist an opportunity to talk about their book?! I’m delighted to be given this space toContinue reading “Drop in by Giovanna MacKenna”

Review of ‘Walking Off the Land’ by Anne McMaster

In her poem Baptism at the Farm Well Anne McMaster issues an invitation, ‘Will you join me here?’: an invitation to join her on her family farm during her childhood in rural Ulster, and it is one I have willingly accepted several times since first acquiring my copy of Walking Off the Land (Hedgehog PoetryContinue reading “Review of ‘Walking Off the Land’ by Anne McMaster”

Drop in by Anne McMaster

This week I have the pleasure of welcoming Anne McMaster to reflect on her hymn to rural life, Walking Off the Land. Nigel, thank you so much for welcoming me to this forum, and for giving me the chance to talk about Walking Off the Land, my debut collection of poetry. It was published onContinue reading “Drop in by Anne McMaster”

Review of ‘The Liquid Air’ by Andy Breckenridge

I first came across Andy Breckenridge when he was a guest performer at a ‘Flight of the Dragonflies’ Zoom event. I was captivated by his performance that night and when the evening closed, I knew I wanted to return to the poetry he had read, for his poems are impressively layered and invariably characterised byContinue reading “Review of ‘The Liquid Air’ by Andy Breckenridge”

Drop in by Andy Breckenridge

Today I have the great pleasure of welcoming Andy Breckenridge to reflect on his inventive and vibrant pamphlet, The Liquid Air (Hybriddreich, 2021) I am very grateful indeed to Nigel for this opportunity to drop in and write about a poem from my pamphlet The Liquid Air. It was one of six chosen for publicationContinue reading “Drop in by Andy Breckenridge”

Review of ‘Ragged Rainbows’ by Julie McNeill

You know you’ve enjoyed a poetry pamphlet when you’re left wanting more. That was certainly my experience when I read debut talent, Julie McNeill’s Ragged Rainbows, for this is a compelling, reflective and ultimately optimistic collection of poems that prompts us to consider the challenges faced by the world around us and to think aboutContinue reading “Review of ‘Ragged Rainbows’ by Julie McNeill”

Drop in by Julie McNeill

Today I’m delighted to welcome talented poet, Julie McNeill, to reflect upon a poem from her debut chapbook, Ragged Rainbows (Hybriddreich, 2021) Thank you so much to Nigel for inviting me to drop in to talk about my debut pamphlet, Ragged Rainbows. I’m imagining we are chatting about the poems with a hot cuppa inContinue reading “Drop in by Julie McNeill”

Review of ‘A Triptych of Birds & A Few Loose Feathers’ by Pratibha Castle

Before I read A Triptych of Birds and a Few Loose Feathers (Hedgehog Poetry Press, 2022) I had heard Pratibha Castle perform her poems on several occasions. I knew, therefore, she was a talented writer. However, it was only on reading her debut collection that I came to appreciate fully the magnitude of that talent,Continue reading “Review of ‘A Triptych of Birds & A Few Loose Feathers’ by Pratibha Castle”

Drop in by Pratibha Castle

I’ve been looking forward to this one for a while, so I’m doubly delighted to say that this week’s drop in is by Pratibha Castle to reflect on her impressive debut collection, A Triptych of Birds & A Few Loose Feathers. This poem, which first appeared on One Hand Clapping a couple of years back,Continue reading “Drop in by Pratibha Castle”

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