Drop in by Susan Darlington

This week I have the pleasure of inviting exciting talent, Susan Darlington, to reflect on her latest collection, the wonderful Traumatropic Heart (Selcouth Station, 2021) The theme for my chapbook started to form when I came across the word ‘traumatropic’ in an excerpt from Paul Anthony Jones’ The Cabinet of Calm: Soothing Words for TroubledContinue reading “Drop in by Susan Darlington”

Review of ‘Forbidden-by-the-Sea’ by Kathleen Kenny

I am delighted to review this week a poet from that wonderful Scottish poetry publisher, Dreich. I’m a relative latecomer to the readership of Dreich publications, but they have rapidly become one of my favourite publishers. Kathleen Kenny and her Forbidden-by-the-sea is typical of the high quality of its output. Kenny tells us that thisContinue reading “Review of ‘Forbidden-by-the-Sea’ by Kathleen Kenny”

Drop in by Josephine Lay

Two year ago on a gorgeous summer day, I first encountered Josephine Lay reading poems from her second collection, Unravelling, at Evesham’s Festival of Words. I was so impressed I went straight home and bought a copy. Therefore I’m particularly delighted that Josephine has agreed to drop in to reflect upon a poem from herContinue reading “Drop in by Josephine Lay”

Review of ‘Broken Things and other tales’ by Vicky Allen

This week it’s my pleasure to review Vicky Allen’s quietly resonant pamphlet Broken Things and other tales (Hedgehog Poetry Press, 2020) that invites us to step back from the hurly-burly of urban living and find significance in the ordinary things in our daily lives. Her poem, Heron, is typical of her sparse, economical style andContinue reading “Review of ‘Broken Things and other tales’ by Vicky Allen”

Review of ‘The Montefiore Bride’ by Patricia M. Osborne

Patricia M Osborne’s latest pamphlet, The Montefiore Bride,  published by Hedgehog Press, is a fictional exploration of the relationship between the real life Sir Francis Montefiore and his bride, Lady Marianne. Using a combination of poetry and prose Osborne presents us with a portfolio of texts, rather like an historian or researcher, from which weContinue reading “Review of ‘The Montefiore Bride’ by Patricia M. Osborne”

Drop in by Patricia M Osborne

Thank you, Nigel, for inviting me over to your blog to talk about my pamphlet, The Montefiore Bride.   The Montefiore Bride is a short story told in prose poetry and forms part of the Worth Park timeline I wrote back in 2017, during my residency at a local Victorian park, when studying for myContinue reading “Drop in by Patricia M Osborne”

Review of ‘Honey Dew’ by Darren J Beaney

In Darren Beaney’s ‘drop in’ last week he explained that his intention in writing Honey Dew (Hedgehog Poetry Press, 2020) was to produce a series of poems about his relationship with his wife, Jo, without being ‘too schmaltzy or soppy’. There’s no doubt that he succeeds, for Honey Dew is a collection that explores theContinue reading “Review of ‘Honey Dew’ by Darren J Beaney”

Review of ‘Lost and Found’ by Vic Pickup

In what has been a difficult year for us all, how refreshing to read a collection as life-affirming and positive as Vic Pickup’s debut pamphlet, ‘Lost & Found’ (Hedgehog Poetry Press, 2020).  Though her poems acknowledge life’s difficulties, they draw attention to the things we might take for granted,  inviting the reader to see themContinue reading “Review of ‘Lost and Found’ by Vic Pickup”

Review of ‘My Boss’ by Niall M Oliver

I have always enjoyed poetry that explores the workplace and have spent many happy hours with the work of Fred Voss at the aircraft factory, with Martin Hayes at the courier service and with Philip Levine on the assembly lines. Niall Oliver’s My Boss is another to add to that section on the bookshelf. HisContinue reading “Review of ‘My Boss’ by Niall M Oliver”

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