Review of Quiet Screams to the Quiet Healer, Nilanjana Haldar

Quiet Screams to the Quiet Healer by Nilanjana Haldar is a coming of age tale which explores a childhood shaped by violence and regret, friendships and the quiet power of seeking kindness and healing in the face of great adversity. Beginning with Sanjana and Kriti’s childhood friendship, Haldar introduces a female protagonist who possesses the … Continue reading Review of Quiet Screams to the Quiet Healer, Nilanjana Haldar

Review of The House With The Stained-Glass Window, Zanna Sloniowska

The House With The Stained-Glass Window by Żanna Słoniowska and translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones is undeniably a phenomenal piece of literary fiction. Słoniowska’s narrative focuses on a nameless protagonist and her experience growing up in Lviv, Ukraine throughout war and civil unrest. The protagonist’s story line is not linear - we learn more as she … Continue reading Review of The House With The Stained-Glass Window, Zanna Sloniowska

Review of The Rocky Orchard, Barbara Monier

Originally published on Reedsy Discovery.  The Rocky Orchard is Monier’s fourth novel and a testament to her experience and craft. Monier captures Mazie, the novel’s protagonist, exceptionally. From four years old to her late twenties, Mazie’s characterisation is realistic and charts her growth as a young woman; whilst still reminding us all of the traits … Continue reading Review of The Rocky Orchard, Barbara Monier

Review of How Best to Stage a Breakdown, H.M. Reynolds

How Best to Stage a Breakdown is H. M. Reynolds’ first chapbook release; made up of only nineteen poems, the collection is a succinct treatment of struggling with mental illness and the feelings of panic, grief and loss which often accompany a breakdown. Reynolds does not trivialise experiencing any of the above. The eponymously titled … Continue reading Review of How Best to Stage a Breakdown, H.M. Reynolds

Review of Epiphaneia, Richard Georges

Originally published on Reedsy Discovery.  Written during the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, Epiphaneia is a collection which explores life, loss, grief and community. From the very beginning, Georges speaks with maturity, experience and wisdom; immediately placing Epiphaneia above several, current poetry releases as its poetic calibre ensures it deserves a space on everyone’s bookshelf. At … Continue reading Review of Epiphaneia, Richard Georges

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I walk through the woods and imagine it full of books: novels returning home,   pages between roots, words manifesting within fleshy, breathing bark,   dappled light adorning  every dust jacket with sun spots as leaves curl   around well-thumbed spines, earth settling into bookmark ribbons and wrinkled, ink worn skins.     Poem: © Kristiana … Continue reading Home