Get your own print from Simon Zec’s latest book!

After two bland and uneventful years, our poetry editor Simon Zec finally managed to find something interesting to write about for his second poetry collection, available here. In the Downtime is a reaction to both the world and his personal life. Trying to find the cracks in the darkness where the light can shine through. Simon has striven […]

Lesley Yarranton at rest, after publication of Saving Munich

Lesley may look like an Englishwoman in Gloucestershire – which is what she is – but she also speaks fluent German, ran her own press agency in Berlin when the wall came down, and in Saving Munich 1945, she has written, researched and chased down one of the remaining great untold stories of the Second […]

Chronicling covid in poetry

To celebrate our resident poet, Simon Zec, joining the team as Poetry Editor we will are happy to announce the launch our first project… The Covid Chronicles will be a compilation of poems from a diverse selection of poets, who will donate their words and thoughts on the past few months of trials, tribulations and […]

Simon Zec is our new poetry editor…

Simon is a poet and has two poetry collections with us (Death of the Suburb and In the Downtime (forthcoming)) and we will be working together to publish a diverse selection of poets to represent the modern poetry scene.  We hope to dive deep into the well of modern poetry, finding abdominal working with voices […]

When fairy tales come disturbingly true

Introduction to the new New Weather modern folk tales collection Knock Three Times by Andrew Simms and Bill McGuire. It could be something taken straight from a folk or fairy tale. A young child with a gift for seeing the truth, and the courage to tell it, sails across a great wide ocean to a land […]

Mowgli can still save us all, even now

Now that the film Mowgli: Lord  of the Jungle has finally been released on Netflix, we asked Swati Singh – author of The Secret History of the Jungle Book – to see it. This was her reaction… It’s very good. Brilliant in many parts, though mediocre in some. Shere Khan is menacing and dominates the […]

Getting the Munich Crisis wrong…

David Boyle writes… Those fascinated by the events of Munich eighty years ago will be aware that there are two books out which assume rather different interpretations. On is by the novelist Robert Harris, who has made no secret of his pro-Chamberlain views. The other one is by me, and Munich 1938 puts rather greater weight on […]

Police, camera, action: a year on from Fourth to First

Steffan Aquarone, co-author of Fourth to First, writes: There’s a saying that, if no one’s complaining, you’re doing something wrong.  In spite of this, the feedback on my how-to-do-it book Fourth to First has been fantastic! I couldn’t be happier to learn that so many people have found the book to be somewhere between mildly […]

Why is using the railways now so degrading?

David Boyle writes (a version of this blog first appeared on the New Weather blog: Yes, it is hot. The heat has also added a layer of what I can only describe as degradation to our public services. But before I describe it, I don’t want to be pigeon-holed as someone who believes that all […]