What Meets the Eye? The Deaf Perspective: eds. Lisa Kelly, Sophie Stone, Arachne Press

This first week of May has been Deaf Awareness Week and this past year has seen Deafness and the Deaf community attract a lot of positive media attention. What a good time to read and reflect on this collection of poems, short fiction and scripts by UK Deaf, deaf, and Hard of Hearing writers. 

The winner of Strictly Come Dancing, profoundly deaf contestant Rose Ayling-Ellis, was seen on our scr...

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The Country With No Playgrounds: Elena Croitoru, Live Canon

Prize-winning poet Elena Croitoru is a British-Romanian writer based in Kent. She holds an MSt (Master of Studies) in creative writing from the University of Cambridge and is a writer of poetry, novels, short fiction and creative non-fiction. The Country With No Playgrounds is her debut poetry colle...

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There: Clare Morris and Nigel Bird, TQ

The poet and writer Clare Morris works in collaboration with the artist Nigel Bird in this engaging and interesting pamphlet. Their works not only interweave and enhance each other but also aim to sup...

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Elgar Country: Peter Sutton, Black Pear Press

Poet, playwright and translator Peter Sutton is a frequent reader at poetry events in the West Midlands and beyond. His alliterative verse translation of Langland’s 7,500-line medieval poem Piers Plow...

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They Race Me In The Streets: Shaun Fallows, Lulu

The title poem of Shaun Fallows’s second collection is uplifting and full of love. It tells how Fallows, a wheelchair user who has cerebral palsy, is surrounded by youngsters in the street who admire ...

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Chintz: Leela Soma, Dreich

This pamphlet by Leela Soma breaks new ground with its multicultural layers, at the threshold between India and Scotland. The two cultures sometimes merge but at other times clash. Soma’s literary wor...

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The Columbus Memoirs and Other Tales: Nick Toczek and Signia Alpha, Mutiny 2000

This 120-page book contains the 19 lyrics/poems of the three albums released by the poet Nick Toczek with the band Signia Alpha led by Matt Webster. The first half is concerned with the words and is w...

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Smudge: Dominic James, Littoral Press

The title poem of Smudge by Dominic James refers to the mark left on glass when a face is pressed against a window. It’s an image of distance, even loneliness, and perhaps a keynote image for this col...

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The Blockade Swallow: Olga Berggolts, tr Veniamin Gushchin, Smokestack

Olga Berggolts was a Soviet poet, playwright and journalist, who broadcast daily on Leningrad radio during the three-year Nazi blockade of the city. One and a half million people starved to death duri...

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Shaking the Persimmon Tree: Marc Woodward, Sea Crow Press

Born in New York, Marc Woodward has been a lifelong resident of rural England. He is the author of three previous collections of poetry, A Fright of Jays (Maquette, 2015), Hide Songs (Green Bottle Pre...

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How To Be A Dressing Gown: Charlotte Oliver, Dreich

A surreal world and a strong sense of identity are depicted in How To Be A Dressing Gown, Charlotte Oliver’s debut pamphlet. Her poems evolve with vivid imagery where a clear voice transports the read...

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Sicilian Elephants: David Cooke, Two Rivers Press

The subjects and areas covered in David Cooke’s latest collection are many and varied as he invites us to go on a quest with him through history. Several poems are set in Mediterranean countries, espe...

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Count the Ways: Finola Scott, Dreich

Finola Scott’s poems develop the idea of what it is like to experience the world through the senses and profoundly felt sensations. A sense of hope and optimism that arises from people meeting each ot...

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Farewell Performance: Vernon Scannell, Smokestack

Vernon Scannell was at one time a professional boxer. He also twice deserted from the army during the second world war, and was twice court-martialled as a result. Yet these later collected poems show...

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We Have to Leave the Earth: Carolyn Jess-Cooke, Seren

Bearing witness to environmental issues that interweave with our vulnerable and imperfect human condition is the reflection that Carolyn Jess-Cooke develops in her poems.

The collection is divided ...

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Seasons of Damage and Beauty: Paul Surman, Dempsey & Windle

Oxford-based poet Paul Surman has written poetry since he was a teenager but did not make any serious move to get his work published until he retired early in 2004. His work has appeared in numerous m...

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Love & Other Fairy Tales: Adam Horovitz, Indigo Dreams

Last year the poet Adam Horovitz published his latest collection. It was also the year when he lost his father, the legendary Michael Horovitz, at the age of 86.

There is a poignant poem about Mich...

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Paperfolders: Chris Hemingway, Indigo Dreams

Poet and songwriter Chris Hemingway was born in Mansfield, studied in Leeds and Manchester, and now lives and works in Gloucestershire. His debut pamphlet Party in the Diaryhouse (Picaroon Poetry) was...

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Mollusc: Mark Totterdell, The High Window

Mark Totterdell was born and brought up in rural Somerset and now lives in Exeter where he works as a copywriter. His first collection, This Patter of Traces was published by Oversteps Books in 2014. ...

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Love Algorithm: Eleni Cay, Black Spring Press

Eleni Cay is a Slovakian-born poet living in England and Norway, and writes in a number of languages. She has published one previous full collection, and three pamphlets.

You might say that her lan...

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