Advance Review of History of Present Complaint, HLR

History of Present Complaint by HLR cleverly interweaves the terrifying past with the equally frightening present. HLR’s debut is brave and raw as she stoutly refuses to shy away from the palatable. This collection of poetry and prose transgresses boundaries and will evoke a deep-seated grief and ache within any reader.  HLR’s work focuses on … Continue reading Advance Review of History of Present Complaint, HLR

Advance Review: I Saw Myself Alive in a Coffin by Kait Quinn

I Saw Myself Alive in a Coffin, Kait Quinn's second poetry collection, begins with a wonderful author's note detailing Quinn's honest intentions. Through her experience with depression, grief and suicidal ideation, Death and thinking about death became ever present in Quinn's consciousness and so in her poetry too. And yet, Quinn does not seek to … Continue reading Advance Review: I Saw Myself Alive in a Coffin by Kait Quinn

Top 10 Indie Books: Snowdrop: A Collection, Olivia Snowdrop

To celebrate my ten favourite indie/self-published books of 2020, over the next 10 days I will reshare my reviews of these wonderful books and links to buy them! Snowdrop: A Collection by Olivia Snowdrop When I read a poetry collection I always look for honesty. I search for the raw and brutal truth which comes … Continue reading Top 10 Indie Books: Snowdrop: A Collection, Olivia Snowdrop

Review of A Mockingbird On Blackity Street, Tenae Wolfe

Wolfe's second collection, released to coincide with Black History Month in the United Kingdom (in October), embraces and embodies the voices and histories of people who demand to and deserve to be heard. Wolfe openly admits she cannot tell every story and can only write from what she knows but across this collection her words … Continue reading Review of A Mockingbird On Blackity Street, Tenae Wolfe

Review of I’m Not Dying With You Tonight, Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal

First published on Indie Blu(e) Publishing.  I’m Not Dying With You Tonight by Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal is Young Adult fiction with its finger keenly on the pulse of current affairs. Told through dual narrative, Jones and Segal collaborate to tell the story of one turbulent night shared and survived by Lena and Campbell.  … Continue reading Review of I’m Not Dying With You Tonight, Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal

Review of Another Day in Paradise, H. M. Reynolds

This is Reynolds’ third chapbook and it is clear to see her writing gets better with every collection. I said this after reading Mislilac but the growth present in Another Day in Paradise is palpable. Reynolds’ work has always been raw, truthful and visceral but in this collection she interwove cutting intelligence, vulnerability and aching … Continue reading Review of Another Day in Paradise, H. M. Reynolds