Vona Groarke

Five Poems

The Blue Garden   Bluebell or cornflower, it’s all the one to the cherry tree with its many doors opening, hour by hour, on one colour as rooms with forgetful walls might do, their layers of paint and antique paper golden with birds and golden flowers, hunkering under a whim of novelty.   By such [...]

Moniza Alvi

Two Poems

Better By Far                    By bus?   Better by far a magic carpet, finely knotted, richer   than blood, broad enough to keep the family together,   islanded, apart from every danger,   journeying smoothly across the unsegmented sky –   not in the cauldron of summer, but in the fresher feel   of [...]

Richard Lea

Suburban Pastoral

—Don’t hit her with it Jasper, give it to her. The toddler looks round, distracted by a leaf. The purple doggie slips from his hand and tumbles down onto the lawn within his sister’s grasp. Louisa reaches towards it, leaning beyond the brightly-coloured playmat onto the grass, eyes wide, mouth open. She grabs it with [...]

Elvis Bego

Palazzo Meliponderoni

In the old centre of Palermo lie the ruins of Palazzo Meliponderoni―piles of rubble sinking in the scrub and weeds and the cherry and fig trees the neighbours now tend for their pantries. The house had stood there for five centuries and in a moment it was gone. The marchese di Meliponderoni, although the title [...]

Heidi Williamson

Two Poems

LETTERPRESS   ‘A print is properly a dent on the page. The whole history of letterpress is the abolition of that dent.’ Eric Gill   Your first challenge is how to read upside down and left to right. When you’ve mastered this, compose your chosen letters on the stick, like Scrabble. Don’t fret at impenetrable [...]

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The Manchester Review

Orlando at the Royal Exchange, until March 22, reviewed by Sarah-Clare Conlon

Orlando, Royal Exchange, reviewed by Sarah-Clare Conlon   Subheaded “a magical comedy about love and time travel” and featuring former Coronation Street actress Suranne Jones (who trod the boards very persuasively for the first time here in 2009’s Blithe Spirit), Orlando is likely to get plenty of bums on seats whether this and other reviews [...]

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The Seagull, Lowry Theatre until March 8, reviewed by Emma Rhys

The Seagull – a play for writers, actors and lovers; and the Manchester Library Theatre Company’s final production before becoming part of the exciting new arthouse venue HOME, opening in spring this year and located at First Street North. The purpose-built venue will include a 500-seat theatre and five cinema screens, and promises to continue [...]

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The Manchester Review

On the Thirteenth Stroke of Midnight: Surrealist Poetry in Britain, reviewed by Ian Pople

On the Thirteenth Stroke of Midnight: Surrealist Poetry in Britain; edited with an introduction by Michel Remy, Carcanet, £18.95 reviewed by Ian Pople This is a very fine book with a whole range of surrealist documents including manifestos, commentaries and beautiful artwork. It is the first book of its kind since Germain’s Surrealist Poetry in [...]

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Ian McGuire

MR11 Editorial

Welcome to the winter 2013 issue of The Manchester Review. December here in northern England is a muted and chilly sort of thing: long dim mornings, shivering nights and a palette dominated by browns and greys. In that sobering context the work we feature in this issue is a reminder of other places and other [...]

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