Elastic Man: Paul McGrane, Indigo Dreams

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Paul McGrane’s debut collection is an enjoyable glimpse into the mind of a man whose tastes, formed in the last decades of the 20th century, will chime with those of many readers today. His title acknowledges a debt to Mark E Smith of The Fall, the punk band first formed as The Outsiders in the 1970s, whose glory years were in the late 80s but whose music spanned 40 years. They named themselves af...

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Where the road runs out: Gaia Holmes, Comma Press

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Gaia Holmes is a Halifax-based poet and creative writing tutor who has previously made a living as a busker, a cleaner, a gallery attendant, an oral historian, and a lollipop lady. The first section of her third collection of poetry describes living on the Orkneys while caring for her father: “My fa...

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Five Views of Mount Fuji: Myra Schneider, Fisherrrow Press

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Myra Schneider was born in 1936, and grew up in Scotland, London, and Sussex. She has published a number of poetry collections, writes essays and reviews for literary magazines, and has co-edited anth...

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Tutti Frutti: Konstandinos Mahoney, SPM

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A skilled observer, Konstandinos Mahoney communicates his enthusiasm for life and language in every poem of Tutti Frutti, his honest, warm and perceptive first collection, which was second prize winne...

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The Wear and Tear of Conversation: Charlotte Harker, Dempsey & Windle

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Charlotte Harker’s The Wear and Tear of Conversation is an ironic and humorous account of the interactions between the self and its surroundings. The transgender poet and artist deals with depression ...

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