Paul Stephenson

      Voicemail Sarah is away next week so would like to speak to me today if it’s convenient and not too much trouble. She wants to go over some of the finer details and explain how things will generally go from here. Sarah needs to check she’s...
Zoë Wells reviews Mither Tongue by Jidi Majia

Zoë Wells reviews Mither Tongue by Jidi Majia

Mither Tongue – A love letter to translation Parallel translations always bring a certain kind of joy. I have fond memories of reading Pablo Neruda for the first time, original text on the left, English translation on the right. Feeling out the Spanish sounds out loud...

Olga Dermott

      Seagulls They would shred morning open from 3 a.m, jangling keys in their beaks, an hour after the last scatter of drunks had sung their way home. Every layer of black plastic flayed, pavements strewn with rot, the week split open like the belly...

Adrian Slatcher

      Miss Blackbird Good morning bird I hear a blackbird in the morning I hear a blackbird in the morning Sat out eating my breakfast I see a blackbird in the morning I see a blackbird in the morning Gathering sticks and twigs I smile at a blackbird in...

March 2021 Pick of the Month

VOTING HAS CLOSED AND OUR PICK FOR MARCH 2021 WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON MONDAY 19th APRIL at 5PM BST. You might call our choices for March 2021, a shortlist of two halves. Subtle delicate poems that celebrate the minutiae of life in all its wonder as we find in the warmth...