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Split at the Root by Catana Tully: Book Review

In Catana Tully’s evocative memoir, Split at the Root, there are many kinds of Othering. Born in 1940 to a black woman, Catana is raised by white Germans who have decided to spare her natural mother from the stigma of nurturing a product of illegitimacy in less enlightened times.

Poetry Reading Review: Kevin Bateman Presents Inside the Fire There is Healing

Review by Terri Mertz St. Brigid’s Garden Well, Tully, Co. Kildare A link to all of Kevin Bateman’s events is here. This specific event can be found here. Kevin Bateman prefaces these poetry readings with the comment that he is recounting “events in spiritual places people have forgotten to visit.” His poem “Inside the FireContinue reading “Poetry Reading Review: Kevin Bateman Presents Inside the Fire There is Healing”

Brianne Grothe: Poet Interview

A graduate from Oklahoma State University with a BA in English, poet Brianne Grothe is published at a number of outlets including eMerge Magazine (an imprint of The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow), The Allegheny Review, Frontier Mosaic, and at Royal Rose Magazine. Interview below. I’d first like to ask how difficult it is toContinue reading “Brianne Grothe: Poet Interview”

Eat the Storms by Damien Donnelly: Poetry review

Damien B Donnelly’s Eat the Storms is published by Hedgehog Poetry, and it’s a felicitous pairing, as Donnelly frequently describes nature through vivid description with an artist’s judicious use of colour. Donnelly’s work contains plenty of alliteration (as ever), bucolic imagery, an always evocative use of language, and a rich plethora of themes, from theContinue reading “Eat the Storms by Damien Donnelly: Poetry review”

Whiskers, Feathers and Fur by Austin Donnelly: Book Review

Austin Donnelly’s Whiskers, Feathers and Fur is a series of highly entertaining anecdotes about Donnelly’s career as a vet. Set mainly in Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, the stories feature the various encounters – animal and human, and sometimes even the local vegetation – that Austin has on his travels, as he acts as aContinue reading “Whiskers, Feathers and Fur by Austin Donnelly: Book Review”

A List of 10 Concepts I Currently Like in Writing

Concepts I Like: 1. Paring things backTell the story in as few words as possible. Exceptions include building atmosphere, but even then, keep it short. 2. Avoiding Description so judgement is left to the readerFor instance, use fewer subjective adjectives like “satisfactory”, “awe-inspiring”. Who finds it satisfying? Who’s being awed? Opt for (seemingly) more objectiveContinue reading “A List of 10 Concepts I Currently Like in Writing”