Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Now Then - Word Life 51


 February's issue of Now Then Manchester is here. As always, I enjoyed curating the Word Life section and providing listings for literary events throughout Manchester.

 For this month's creative writing selection I chose the theme of "Love" and was sent some beautiful writing. You can read work from Robert Pelgrift, Tallulah Howarth, Joan McNerney, Kersten Christianson, John Grey, Chrissi Sepe, Abigail Elizabeth Ottley, Elspeth Vischer and Lisa Reily.

 I hope you enjoy the issue.

 Liz x

Friday, 9 February 2018

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Selcouth Station - Ávila


 Just letting you know that my poem "Ávila" has been published by Selcouth Station. I hope you enjoy it. 

 You can learn more about my visit to Ávila on my travel blog.

 Liz x

Monday, 5 February 2018

New North Poets at the Poetry Café


 In January I was invited to London to read some of my poems at the Poetry Society's Poetry Café, with the other New North Poets - Jasmine Chatfield, Rosa Walling-Wefelmeyer, Maria Isakova-Bennett and Michael Brown -, our mentor Clare Pollard and guest performer Caroline Bird. 

 It was a wonderful experience. We also attended the T. S. Eliot readings and the lecture beforehand with Malika Booker, and overall it was an insightful and inspiring weekend. I hope to continue doing poetry readings and sharing my work.

 Liz x

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Now Then - Word Life 50


 I'm very happy to announce that January's issue of Now Then Manchester's Word Life is here. I love curating this page, and this month we have listings for some great workshops, performances and spoken word nights.

 We also have a diverse set of poems from Ion Corcos, John Grey, Ann Christine Tabaka, Ken Allan Dronsfield, Ruby Lawrence and Ray Ball.

 I hope you enjoy Issue 50.

 Liz x

Thursday, 18 January 2018

The Last Days of Archie Maxwell


 Just letting you know that my review of The Last Days of Archie Maxwell by Annabel Pitcher is up at Cuckoo Review. 

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

 Liz x

Friday, 5 January 2018

News - November and December 2017

 Hello! Happy New Year!

 November and December 2017 saw me settled back in Manchester, working on my Masters and taking part in numerous writing groups and events.

 I had poetry published in several magazines: "Orbits" and "Gold" in Sincerely Magazine, "Salamanca" and "Peaches" in The Cluny MCR, and "The cows" in Riggwelter Press. I attended The Cluny MCR's launch, which was a fun night.

 I also attended the launch of the anthology Introduction X: The Poetry Business Book of New Poets at Manchester Central Library. I read a number of my poems, which was a great experience.

 I took part in Writing Squad workshops with Andrew McMillan and Malika Booker, which were really useful and enjoyable.

 I completed my first year as editor of the Word Life section of Now Then Manchester with two special issues. November's was a flash fiction special, and December's was a collaboration with Manchester Creative Writing Society. I have more big plans for Word Life, so watch this space!

 Thanks for reading - look out for my general 2017 review, which is coming up soon.

 Have a wonderful 2018.

 Liz x

Monday, 1 January 2018

Introduction X Launch


 I mentioned that I have three poems in Introduction X: The Poetry Business Book of New Poets, and on 14th December I attended the launch of the anthology at Manchester Central Library.

 I read a number of my poems, some from the anthology and some others from my travels in France and Spain. It was a wonderful event and it was lovely to be able to share my work in such a special space.

 I hope to do many more poetry readings. Thanks to everyone who has supported me this year.

 Liz x

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Now Then - Word Life 49


 Issue 49 of Now Then Manchester is here. This month's Word Life section is a collaboration with Manchester Creative Writing Society: I interviewed the Society's Chair, Roma Havers, and curated work from members Shenez Khanum, Grigorii Timofeev and Chhavi Mahajan.

 There are also listings for upcoming literary events and workshops in Manchester from groups such as Young Identity, Bad Language, First Draft and The Real Story.

 I hope you enjoy the issue.

 Liz x

Saturday, 2 December 2017

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

Monday, 23 October 2017

Friday, 20 October 2017

The Secret Cooking Club: Confetti & Cake


 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