Tuesday 28 November 2017

The Cluny - Salamanca and Peaches


 Back in January I had two poems published in The Cluny MCR. I am very happy that they have just published two more of my poems, in the new Glad & Sorry Issue. I attended the launch in Manchester - it was a great night. 

 I hope you enjoy "Salamanca" and "Peaches", inspired by my travels in Spain and France respectively.

 Liz x

Thursday 16 November 2017

Sincerely Magazine: Volume 5 - Onism


 I am very happy to have two poems, "Orbits" and "Gold", in the latest issue of Sincerely Magazine. Sincerely is always a beautiful publication, combining word and image incredibly well. You can buy Volume 5 as an eBook or a paperback.

 I hope you enjoy my poems.

 Liz x

Wednesday 15 November 2017

Now Then - Word Life 48


 Issue 48 of Now Then Manchester is out now. For this month's Word Life I decided to celebrate flash fiction, with four very different pieces of writing from Glen Sorestad, Maria Sledmere, AM Roselli and Ray Busler.

 I hope you enjoy it.

 Liz x

Tuesday 14 November 2017

News - September and October 2017


 I am back from my year in France and Spain and am getting stuck into my Masters. It is lovely being back in Manchester - I can review local gigs for The Mancunion and be a Digital Reporter for Manchester Literature Festival. I have also been involved in some creative projects around the city and with The Writing Squad.

 Firstly, I want to tell you about some publications I have been a part of. Two of my poems, "Bartók's Dance Suite and sour" and "Green Flash", were published in The Compass, and my poem "Serpentine" appeared in Planet Slop. My flash piece "Stuff and sales" was published in both Visual Verse and Creative Review.

 My poem "Anatomy" appeared in Papaya Press's What She Knew zine, and my "Things that are inexplicably similar" was chosen for the 2017 Peeking Cat Poetry Anthology. Three of my poems, "Old rain", "Eden" and "Going", were published in Introduction X: The Poetry Business Book of New Poets.

 It has also been good to see some projects I have edited for coming to fruition, such as The Rebirth Issue of Miracle Magazine, for which I was Head Poetry Editor. September's Word Life had the theme of "Family"; October's, the theme of "Memories".

 We celebrated one year of Foxglove Journal, my online venue for poetry and fiction. I am very proud of all that the Journal has achieved. I also did an interview with Peeking Cat Poetry, and have a snazzy new profile on The Writing Squad's site. I hope you enjoy learning more about my writing.

 I reviewed several books for Cuckoo Review: Tender Earth by Sita Brahmachari, Songs About Us by Chris Russell and The Secret Cooking Club: Confetti & Cake by Laurel Remington. I also wrote a piece on Indigo Girls' 1994 album Swamp Ophelia for The Mancunion.

 I reviewed Honey G and Gabrielle Aplin for The Mancunion, and Roddy Doyle for Manchester Literature Festival's Chapter and Verse Blog.

 Finally, I took part in a writing residency in Northumberland, as part of my prize for being announced as a New North Poet in the Northern Writers' Awards. It was a great weekend and the countryside was truly beautiful. I enjoyed getting to know the other four winning poets.

 So, I had a productive two months. Here's to a fun, creative winter.

 Thanks for reading.

 Liz x

Monday 13 November 2017

MLF17: Roddy Doyle


Photo from Manchester Literature Festival website
 You may remember that I reviewed Roddy Doyle at Manchester Literature Festival back in 2013. This year I was once again a Digital Reporter for the Festival, and was lucky enough to attend and review Roddy's event for the Festival's Chapter & Verse Blog.

 I hope you enjoy my thoughts on the evening.

 Liz x

Sunday 12 November 2017

The Mancunion - Gabrielle Aplin


Photo: Wikimedia Commons. From The Mancunion's website

 You may remember that I reviewed Gabrielle Aplin for The Mancunion a couple of years ago. I was very happy to have the opportunity to see her again, this time in the unique setting of Manchester Cathedral and with South Shields singer Sonny as support.

 I hope you enjoy my review.

 Liz x

Friday 10 November 2017

The Mancunion - Honey G review


 Just letting you know that my review of Honey G's show at Manchester Academy 3 has been published in The Mancunion. This was the rapper's first ever headline gig, so it was exciting to be there.

 I hope you enjoy learning my thoughts on this controversial X Factor star.

 Liz x

Tuesday 7 November 2017

Creative Review and Visual Verse


 I am delighted to have a flash fiction piece simultaneously in Creative Review and Visual Verse, as part of a collaboration between the two publications.

 You can read "Stuff and sales" online in Visual Verse here, and check out Creative Review here.

 I hope you enjoy my writing.

 Liz x