Helen Cross

Who Wants Tortoise?

It was a hot summer Saturday and I had to get home to my parents. I’d had an abortion three days earlier and suddenly, urgently, needed milky tea, a super- soft settee and an endless supply of Aldi’s imitation Kit-Kats. ‘I’m thinking of coming to see you,’ I said, already at Kings Cross, my overnight [...]

Rebecca Perry

Three Poems

Pepo Her imaginary friend died on the morning of her eighth birthday and what a lesson to learn as her living friends screech in the garden like mosquitoes, wearing down the grass with their flashing shoes, and the balloons stare back at her with furious eyes. Her cake was a castle she cut into pieces [...]

Christos Tsiolkas

Danton’s Laugh

The power of the image is such that I find it difficult to imagine Danton without his assuming Gerard Depardieu’s visage and physique. And that seems absurd, as it has been nearly two decades since I last saw Andrzej Wajda’s biographical film, in which the French actor plays the eponymous revolutionary.  Nevertheless, I still trust [...]

Peter Fallon

Four Poems

A Winter Hymn The snow melt falls like footsteps coming closer. You hesitate — you hear your old friend’s ‘Old too early, wise too late.’ You’ve learned his lesson. He left it that there’s not too much to forgive. You know the earth abounds with benefits and the chance to live on it’s a privilege. [...]

Marci Vogel

Mnemosyne TV

Beneath the dark flutter of the griffon’s wings we dream––between gripping and being gripped––the concept of consciousness.                                                        ––Aby Warburg, Mnemosyne Notebook, 1928[i]   Mnemosyne was the Titan goddess [...]

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The Manchester Review

Romeo & Juliet, HOME (Victoria Baths), reviewed by Fran Slater

Romeo & Juliet, a HOME production at Manchester’s Victoria Baths, 10th September-4th October 2014 From the very second the show began, it was clear that this would be no bog-standard Shakespeare adaptation. Taking place in the one-hundred-and-eleven year old setting of Victoria Baths, Walter Meierjohann’s take on Romeo and Juliet really did make the most [...]

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Hamlet, Royal Exchange, reviewed by Peter Wild

Hamlet, Royal Exchange, Manchester, 11th September-25th October, 2014 To begin with: an admission of my own ignorance. When, some months ago, I first espied the poster currently glorying the Royal Exchange, Maxine Peake, that brilliant, severe, intelligent actress last seen here by us as Strindberg’s Miss Julie, staring out from beneath a frowning forehead above the [...]

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The Best British Short Stories 2014, ed. Nicholas Royle, reviewed by Sarah-Clare Conlon

The Best British Short Stories 2014, ed. Nicholas Royle, Salt Publishing, £9.99 pbk The fourth in this now popular annual anthology series, just out from 15-year-old independent publishing house Salt, rounds up 20 stories by different authors, offering an insight into how varied the short fiction landscape in Britain is right now. The task of [...]

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Rhys Darby, The Lowry, reviewed by Peter Wild

Rhys Darby (The Lowry, 18 July 2014) Still best known as Murray from Flight of the Conchords, Rhys Darby has, in recent years, been making something of a name for himself outside of Australia as a stand-up – and his comedy is as affable, as gentle, as cosy and warm as you suspect Rhys himself [...]

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