Thursday, 16 November 2017

Sincerely Magazine: Volume 5 - Onism

 Hi!


 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

 Hello!


 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

 Hello!


 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

 Hello!

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

 Hello!

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

 Hello!


 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

 Hello!


 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

Monday, 23 October 2017

Friday, 20 October 2017

The Secret Cooking Club: Confetti & Cake

 Hello!


 Just letting you know that my review of Laurel Remington's The Secret Cooking Club: Confetti & Cake has been published by Cuckoo Review.

 I hope you enjoy learning my thoughts on this new novel.

 Liz x

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Now Then - Word Life 47

 Hello!


 Issue 47 of Word Life is here. Curated by me, it lists various upcoming literary events in Manchester and showcases creative writing on the theme of "Memories".

 I hope you enjoy this set of poems from James Diaz, Ann Christine Tabaka, Genevieve Carver, Claire Sexton, Ryan Quinn Flanagan, Elliott Mills, Fabrice Poussin, AM Roselli.

 Liz x

Friday, 6 October 2017

Introduction X: The Poetry Business Book of New Poets

 Hello!


 I'm very happy to announce that three of my poems, "Old rain", "Eden" and "Going" will appear in Introduction X: The Poetry Business Book of New Poets. It is a real honour to be a part of such an exciting project.

 I hope you enjoy my contributions.

 Liz x

Thursday, 5 October 2017

The Mancunion: Foxglove's first year

 Hello!


 I've written a piece for The Mancunion - both the print and online edition - telling the story of Foxglove Journal.

 With my magazine approaching its first birthday, I really enjoyed looking back on how it all began and how far we have come.

 I hope you enjoy the article, too.

 Liz x

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

The Mancunion - Indigo Girls: Swamp Ophelia

 Hello!


 My write-up of Indigo Girls' 1994 album Swamp Ophelia has been published in The Mancunion, both in print and online.

 I also reviewed their earlier Rites of Passage earlier this year, so feel free to have a look at that, too.

 I hope you enjoy my reviews.

 Liz x

Sunday, 24 September 2017

The Compass

 Hello!


 I am delighted that two of my poems have been published in The Compass. 

 I hope you enjoy "Bartók's Dance Suite and sour" and "Green Flash".

 Liz x

Monday, 18 September 2017

What She Knew zine

 Hello!


 I'm very happy to have a poem, "Anatomy", in What She Knew, a zine published by Papaya Press and dedicated to the work of Lydia Davis.

 I hope you enjoy it!

 Liz x

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Writing Squad profile

 Hello!


 I'm delighted to have an elegant page on the new Writing Squad website. You can find out about my achievements as a writer, and there are links to my social media and online projects.

 The Writing Squad have also shared the news about my Northern Writers' Award.

 I hope you enjoy the new site!

 Liz x

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Songs About Us

 Hello!


 Just letting you know that my review of Chris Russell's Songs About Us has been published in Cuckoo Review.

 This sequel to Songs About a Girl deals with friendship, family mysteries, complicated relationships and, of course, music.

 I hope you enjoy learning my thoughts on it.

 Liz x

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Now Then - Word Life 46

 Hello!


 Issue 46 of Now Then Manchester is here, and this time we have not one but two Word Life pages - one for events listings and poetry, the other for fiction. Hopefully this can continue. 

 September's theme is "Family" and we have some great writing from Jo Boon, Meredith LeMaître, Ray Ball, Abigail Elizabeth Ottley, John Grey, Rachel Bower, Ann Christine Tabaka, Claire Sexton, Glen Sorestad, Michael Griffith and Elspeth Vischer.

 I hope you enjoy this month's issue.

 Liz x

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Tender Earth

 Hello!


 My review of Sita Brahmachari's new novel Tender Earth has been published by Cuckoo Review.

 I hope you enjoy learning my thoughts on this latest installment in the Levenson family's story.

 Liz x