Sometimes, it can be very difficult to succeed in poetry, when everything is public and open to criticism. With its growing popularity, the industry is becoming more and more saturated with work. Instagram is full of it and so finding the right recipe of engagement, marketing and quality of work while staying true to your … Continue reading The Moon – K.Tolnoe | A Book Review
As I finished Ruby Dhal's latest poetry collection (My Hope For Tomorrow), I was on the Gatwick Express from Brighton to London Victoria. It was late at night and I had just been to see a friend's gig. Life was looking up and I had been reflecting quite regularly upon the changes that have … Continue reading My Hope For Tomorrow – Ruby Dhal | A Book Review
I must admit, when I opened the book and noticed the lack of quotation marks when it came to the characters dialogue, it completely threw me. What threw me more, however, was how easily I could still distinguish paragraph from dialogue as if the quotation marks were there the whole time. There's not much to … Continue reading Conversations With Friends – Sally Rooney | A Book Review
After finishing Dream A Little Dream (2015), I noted that reading Giovanna Fletcher's writing was like having a chat with an old friend. This is still true and, perhaps, has evolved in the tone and narrative in Some Kind of Wonderful (2017). When we begin to read a book, we want to be able to … Continue reading Some Kind of Wonderful – Giovanna Fletcher| A Book Review
Aisha Munir (known as A.Munir) is a talented writer, and the vocabulary and emotion displayed in 'Curing My Venom' is powerful, let down only by a few forced rhymes and the irrelevancy of 'Denial'. As a quick summation of the book then: Curing My Venom is structured along the 5 stages of Grief. I get … Continue reading Curing My Venom – A. Munir | Book Review
Recently, I had the chance to receive a copy of Savannah Slone's debut poetry collection 'Hearing The Underwater' in exchange for a review. I have to be honest, at times I have a little trepidation, the poetry world is becoming so saturated that you have as much chance at finding something a bit rubbish, as … Continue reading Hearing The Underwater – Savannah Slone | Book Review
Robert Frost once said, "A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness" which is quite possibly one of my favourite quotes about poetry. Hannah Murray, a poet from the South of England, who posts poetry and photography on Instagram, and whose following is quickly growing, echoes Frost's … Continue reading Untangling Roots – Hannah Murray| A Book Review
For many of us, we begin our lives believing that the only way to succeed will be at the hands of someone else. We are almost conditioned to think that we do not have the ability, or the skills to hold our future in our own hands. I grew up admiring publishing houses, and large … Continue reading Why I’m Self-Publishing Again | Writing Advice
"written from a more positive standpoint but still punches an incredibly fervent emotional punch"
As of 6pm today, I put up a photo on my Instagram (@liamxavier95) that I would be self-publishing a book late this year. Truth is I have been planning this for a long time now, working out the logistics of this, chasing down research over whether I wanted it to be traditionally published or self published, and after much deliberation and trepidation, I have set my self organised deadlines and dates, and now we are starting!