Lemn Sissay: It’s very live in my hand, it means great things to me

Lemn Sissay, reputable and inspirational poet and teacher, recently had his collection of poetry, Gold From The Stone, published by Canongate, and has been seen and heard across the country whether it be at Hay Festival or on BBC World radio. 
Lemn took some time out of his busy schedule to speak with The Fountain about working as a teacher in children’s care homes, the significance of reading for any writer and the importance of the publisher to any writer

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Chloe Bodur: Glory and everything that word embodies is what we’re all striving for

North West London’s neo-soul, jazz singer Chloe Bodur, has just released single, Glory, via Live Nation’s One’s To Watch. Produced by UK Top 10 charting producer JD.Reid, Glory has been given Track of the Day on numerous BBC Introducing stations, as well as being added to rotation on Jazz FM.
Chloe Bodur, 19-year-old singer/songwriter, spoke to The Fountain about what inspired the title of this new track and what it’s been like to work with JD.

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Review: The Unwomanly Face of War by Svetlana Alexievich

Journalist, Svetlana Alexievich has done it again after notably being awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature “for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time”. First published in 1985, Svetlana Alexievich’s hinged account of WW2 as seen not only through the eyes of hundreds of women, but the eyes of women on the Russian front line is a wonderfully insightful and harrowing text.

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Robert Earl Thomas: It’s a document of a period in my life

Another Age, the debut album from Robert Earl Thomas, also of Widowspeak, avoids inhabiting the obvious clichés whilst also appealing to the broad masses with universal themes. An album about small moments with big emotional footprints, told modestly and honestly, Another Age is out on 16th February.
Robert spoke with The Fountain about working solo, what we can expect from this record and working with Kevin McMahon.

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Review: Ariel Pink – Dedicated to Bobby Jameson

“[T]here’s no such thing as Ariel Pink,” Ariel Rosenberg recently told SPIN, “It’s kinda complicated but kinda not.” And this is no doubt the referential basis on which he dedicates this album to Bobby Jameson, with him being the victim of hype losing sense of himself, as Ariel, who is known for being propped by Animal Collective’s in-house record label, detaches himself from his work, keeping his distance.

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