Sarah Corbett

Two Poems

(E Major) And she was                             Grist to his mill And he was                             Grit to her pearl And she was                             Salve to his burn And he was                             Soil to her furrow And she was                             Touch to [...]

Chris Andrews

Three Poems

The Jennifer Arthur last seen at a posh college dealing ironically: first to go. The Peter who wore out his supports and said, while I tried not to fidget, “They’ll share their words of wisdom, even give you money, but time? Not so much.” Louise who discovered a talent for big and dirty simulations. Paula [...]

Robert Cremins

The Lady Captain’s Prize

Seán and Deirdre were in their sixties now. He’d taken early retirement from the bank and she no longer gave piano lessons, though she went out to golf with such regularity that an elderly neighbour, Mrs Furlong, could not be dissuaded that Deirdre Brennan had a job. They were still Mass-goers, but now went to [...]

Anne Marie Kennedy


Because time is an unfathomable thing I can’t tell you how long I’ve been here, basting in shame, under the mother’s eaves for eight or maybe ten days? I am six or seven again and beholding to her. I know not to give cheek nor answer back. Monday to Thursday it’s the dry end of [...]

Peter Sansom


       ‘Here the heart May give a useful lesson to the head’        – William Cowper, The Task, Book VI, ll85-86 Horsehair. In the 70s in a one-up-one-down shared with George (upstairs), who ironed his curly hair straight and favoured the cravat of Edward Fox in The Day of the Jackal. Back- to-back on the [...]

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The Manchester Review

The Skriker, Royal Exchange, reviewed by Peter Wild

The Skriker, Royal Exchange, 1st July – 1st August 2015 Firstofall:imaginewordssoclosetogetherthatyoucan’talwaystellthemapart. You’re in the Royal Exchange, a space transformed, adorned, made out, played out like a Siberian fighting pit, your humble bumble of a reviewer one floor up looking down on a lot of anxious, middle-class people sat at benches wondering, perhaps, what they have [...]

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The Manchester Review

Caroline Chisholm: 1972-2015

This post is a tribute to our dear friend and colleague, Caroline Chisholm, a talented writer who passed away, too young, this month. This biography of Caroline was written by her parents for a memorial service held on 13 July 2015. – Caroline was the second of three sisters who were born in Brentwood but never [...]

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Ian Pople

A Love Supreme, 2015, reviewed by Ian Pople

Love Supreme, Glynde Place, Sussex.  3rd – 5th July   There is a stunned silence around Glynde Place on the first Monday in July.  People wander from the toilet blocks, and back and forth from the Wide Away Café with a pinched look on their faces.  It’s not just that someone’s taken their holiday away, [...]

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The Manchester Review

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Salford College, reviewed by Alex Pearce

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Pendleton Shakespeare Company, Ben Kingsley Theatre, Salford College, 22nd-24th June 2015 Whilst strolling through Buile Hill Park, the clouds gathered, creating a sudden eerie change in the light. My companion asked, ‘Will there be ghosts?’ Not tonight. For we were travelling to see the Pendleton Shakespeare Company – not, presently, a [...]

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