Songs of the Spuggies – Review of Land of Three Rivers: The Poetry of North East England

From its rich seams of oral poetry, to the wealth of writers and publishing houses currently based here, the North East is a dominant region on the poetic landscape. Suzannah V. Evans enjoys Land of the Three Rivers, a ‘celebration of North-East England in poetry’, edited by Neil Astley. An anthology of astonishing breadth, Land of Three... Continue Reading →


Cunning and Art: Review of Leásungspell, by Bob Beagrie

Set in 657AD, moving between Hartlepool and Whitby, and drawing on Old English, modern English and Northumbrian dialect, Bob Beagrie's new epic poem, Leásungspell, takes readers on a historical, geographical and literary journey. Reviewer Jamie McKinstry enjoyed the voyage. A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees This quotation from William... Continue Reading →

The Handmaid’s Tale is a Fable for Our Times

Margaret Atwood’s novel The Handmaid’s Tale is a dystopian classic. Does the new television adaptation do it justice? Sarah Lohmann writes about the series as it reaches its halfway stage. As a researcher looking at feminist utopian literature, I am always aware of the looming presence of Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel The Handmaid’s Tale at... Continue Reading →

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