John Lucas reviews collections from Gregory Woods and George Tardios
Wendy French commends a serious and significant chapbook collection from Paul Stephenson
David Cooke finds Joan Margarit to be a poet of authentic experience who does not rely on tricks or strain after effect.
Reading Gail White’s collection makes D A Prince think again about some conventional assessments of ‘light’ verse
Roderick Burns is taken aback by the diversity of a short story collection from Nigel Jarrett
Peter Ulric Kennedy examines Jeremy Page’s poetic O Level responses
Nick Cooke explores the background to the cinema-related poems in Anthony Costello’s new collection
For Graham Hardie, the poems of June Hall engage authentically with human experience
The Zoo: the wild and wonderful tale of the founding of London Zoo by Isobel Charman. A review by Jane McChrystal
When a book appeared in October promising the “wild and wonderful tale of the founding of London Zoo” I picked it up in search of insight into what drove the founding fathers of the London Zoological Society and whether it has any relevance to the function of zoos today.
“Enjoyment” is a word that well describes Thomas Ovans’ reaction to Alan Brownjohn’s dystopian comedy set in the near future.
Merryn Williams praises a new – but, sadly, posthumous – collection from Elizabeth Burns
Roderick Burns is mightily impressed by Jane McLaughlin’s first collection