Holly Powis

As well as contributing to Disclaimer, Holly has published several comic short stories with Black Coffey, and has been known to write and perform stand-up comedy at festivals and charity gigs. Her first play for the radio is in production with Frequency Theatre, and she is currently working on a full-length play for the stage.

Articles by Holly

Brooding and Compelling, Two Gripping and Joyfully Dark Gothic Tales of Melancholic Inevitability

David Wheldon forces us to consider when wisdom can be a curse, while Paymon’s Trio is a deliciously composed penny dreadful exploring humanity’s insatiable curiosity. Gothic mysteries and delectable horrors, Nightjar Press offers two dark tales that will unsettle, unnerve, and delight.

Book Review: Challenging Instincts and Questioning Humanity

Thought X: Fictions and Hypotheticals is Comma Press’s latest plunge into science-inspired literature. At times dark, witty, and uplifting, editors Rob Appleby and Ra Page bring together scientists and writers to break assumptions and challenge beliefs by laying bare some of humanity’s darkest truths.

Political Fables: Theresa May's Goldilocks and the Three Bears

A political fable for moderns times, as told to Holly Powis.

Political Fables: Vladimir Putin's The Emperor’s New Clothes

A political fable for the modern age, as told to Holly Powis

Political Fables: Jeremy Corbyn's The History of Tom Thumb

A political fable for modern times, as told to Holly Powis.

Political Fables: Tony Blair's The Boy Who Cried Wolf

A political fable for the modern age, as told to Holly Powis.

Political Fables: Amber Rudd's Hansel and Gretel

A political fable for the modern age, as told to Holly Powis

Political Fables: Donald J Trump's Three Little Pigs

A political fable for the modern age, as told to Holly Powis.

Protesting Trump: One Woman Who’s Grabbing Her Pussy Back

Artists and satirists have reacted to the central figure of this turmoil in a variety of ways. London-based artist Daniela Raytchev, whose piece Liberty will be exhibited at Uprise/ Angry Women, is challenging objectification and the dehumanisation of women with her piece 'Liberty'. Now is a time to stand up and grab freedom back, she argues.

Defying Labels and Distinctions: Gee Vaucher and the Aesthetics of Anger

Gee Vaucher’s fifty-year career has been a steady progression of outrage. Her latest exhibition showcases her reaction to turmoil and uncertainty, providing a radical, anarchic-punk narrative and helping us make sense of the world as it exists.

Profile: John Agard, Exploring the Richness and Difficulties of Diversity

John Agard has a career which spans four decades, he challenges preconceptions, pulls humour out from dark themes, and explores the richness and difficulties of diversity. At a time when there is a rise in tribal singularity he feels it is “All the more reason to celebrate plurality and keep our mindsets not too set.”

Review: From Angry to Personal - Two Different, But Powerful Poetry Collections

The angry contempt and playful lyricism of Newman’s work is in stark contrast to the deeply personal wanderings by Lee-Houghton but both collections are powerful and enraged reactions to contemporary Britain from two formidable female voices.

Review: A Carnival of the Honest, the Raw and the Surreal

In a former industrial hub turned hipster-hive-of-the-up-and-coming where wooden planks leaning against one another constitute tables two different collections reveal a carnival of honesty, raw sexuality as well as the very silly, brilliant and surreal.

Weekend Fiction: Another Ministerial Metamorphosis

A short story by Holly Powis