Review of Tim Leach’s Smile of the Wolf

9781788544115“The Smile of the Wolf” tells the story of two friends; Kjaran and Gunnar and how their hunt for a ghost turns into a struggle for survival, honour and love.

Tim Leach’s book paints a painfully vivid yet entrancing image of eleventh century Iceland. It is a harsh land whose people have laws to match. Yet it is also a beautiful land, a place of solace for those wanting to escape the yoke of kings. The setting reflects the story – the contrasts of the land embrace the contrasts of the characters. Kjaran is a skald, a poet, who has never killed but shapes the world with his songs. Gunnar is a battle-hardened warrior, who is often at loss for words. The delicacy and hardness of Iceland can be found in these two men. Continue reading

Here Comes Everyone – The Brutality Edition

by Lucy Thorneycroft

I first came across this literary publication at a poetry reading called ‘Fire & Dust’ in Coventry’s Big Comfy Bookshop. The magazine has a number of graduates from the University of Warwick’s creative writing programme who work to create a magazine on issues of equality, government, politics, human nature, as well as many other themes.

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