Irish poetry 2023: vanishing point. / Woman of Winter / Fare Thee Well, Miss Carousel / It Reeks of Radio


11th April 2024

'The four Irish books I have chosen from last year reminded me, in different ways, that what we say is always tied to where and when we say it.'

The Maniac


19th March 2024

'In this respect, The Maniac is as much about the present as the past [...] Von Neumann’s delusions, filtered kaleidoscopically via the imagined reminiscences of those who knew him, prefigure the madcap fantasies of today’s transhumanists, accelerationists and techno-optimists.'

Nomenclature: New and Collected Poems


16th January 2024

‘If Nomenclature, principally comprised of Brand’s previous collections, is fundamentally a recollection of things past, it is also a timely reiteration of the need for different futures.’

Soldier Sailor and Milk: On Motherhood and Madness


30th November 2023

‘Their anti-Wild Women narrators yearn to return to society, to recover full citizenship there. They are aware that they had something once, and that they have lost it.’

Y/N and Sea Change


25th October 2023

New fiction explores existential longing with K-pop and cephalopods.

Ordinary Notes


27th September 2023

‘With this strikingly intimate approach, we are invited into Sharpe’s project of sifting through the frustrations, the injustices, ‘the wake’ of Black life in order to better spend time with the beauty of Blackness, to explore the quiet of Black interiority that so often goes ignored or unremarked.’

The Bee Sting


30th August 2023

‘The contemporary novel form appears, increasingly, to be the domain of slim, introspective works. The appearance of a sprawling novel like The Bee Sting seems significant.’

Wolfish: The stories we tell about fear, ferocity, and freedom


27th July 2023

‘How is it that while real wolf populations have receded, two-legged ‘wolves’ proliferate? What is the connection between these living, breathing creatures and the popular, metaphorical, and imaginary uses we give them?’

Greek Lessons


8th June 2023

‘Greek Lessons is a puzzle... I’m unable to decide whether some truth about language has been excavated in the book—but also whether that was ever the point.’