My round-up from the last few weeks:

Absolutely delighted with The Magnetic Diaries reviewed on Stride – “The Magnetic Diaries is a sensitive reworking and beautifully rendered writing back, as well as a lyrical and experimental response to Flaubert’s Madame Bovary, a book that still has the power to disrupt widely recognisable norms, like dysfunctional relationships and the boredom of the everyday. Sarah James modernises the novel, releasing it from its nineteenth century binding, and gives it freedom to move in the contemporary. Somehow, the way a novel like Madame Bovary can dance between you and the page is captured perfectly…Sarah James contextualises Emma in the twenty-first century in a way that breathes life into the nineteenth-century cadaver…Emma is a poet, as well as a reader, and her bouts of fancy and caprice are transformed into writing poems that are intelligent and expressive…” Sarah Cave on Stride, Feb 2016. The full, detailed review can be enjoyed here;

Featured poet on The Poetry Shed, with two poems ‘The Coastguard’s Grand-daughter’ and ‘the bearable unlightness’;

Flash fiction ‘Phlegmatic’ published in The Ofi Press Literary Magazine – a dark-edged, gritty piece: ‘You couldn’t argue with him.
“Ma lived to 91 and didn’t do her no harm.” This scorn followed by a cough that would have torn most people’s windpipes. Not his steel lungs though, tarred to Teflon coating…’;

Flash fiction ‘Of Risk’ published in Rockland London freesheet and online – another gritty story, this time about domestic abuse: ‘“Fancy a flutter, darlin’?” Mick started. “Take a gamble on my wings. Nothing to beat ’em!”
Okay, so those weren’t his actual words. But they might as well have been, had Bronwen paused long enough then to consider what it was that attracted her to Mick. Bronwen hadn’t though. Bronwen never thought about risk or asked what exactly was at stake in being with a fallen angel. Cash? Car keys? A house? No, nothing so simple. She put up her whole life, blindly… ‘;

‘Ye Olde Tavern’ published in Three Drops from a Cauldron Imbolc 2016 Anthology;

Three poems: ‘Seed through the eye’, ‘From the Attic’ and ‘The Swing’ accepted for spring issue of The Lonely Crowd;

A poem accepted for the fib review;

A new reading: Tuesday, June 14, Sarah will be reading at ‘City Voices’, Lych Gate tavern, Queen Square, Wolverhampton, WV1 1TX, 7.30-9pm. Tickets are £3/ £1 (under 16s). Now in its 15 year, ‘City Voices’ is organised by Simon Fletcher who formerly worked as literature development officer for the council and is now manager of Offa’s Press.
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