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Lemons – Carla Scarano D’Antonio

Carla Scarano D’Antonio moved to England (Lancashire then Surrey) in 2007 from Rome (Italy) and started attending creative writing courses. She obtained a Degree of Master of Arts in Creative Writing with Merit at Lancaster University in October 2012. Her work was published in Shipwrights (an online Swedish Review), Purple Patch, First Edition magazine, Northern …

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Poetry by DJ Tyrer

Babysitter Angry return home Classic misunderstanding Parents shout and scream Weren’t lit’rally meant to sit Squash their children into paste Bits I’m British around the Americans American around the Brits Neither one nor the other My entire life is in bits Chic? The website described the style as ‘shabby chic’ And, he knew he wasn’t …

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Poetry by Rodney Wood

Rodney Wood lives in Farnborough is working on a sequence of poems about family etc whose titles come from a list of pamphlets issued by Gale and Polden (a printer my Dad worked for). Poems from there have been published by South, Stride, The Blue Nib, London Grip, Amtrillis, Brittle Star, The High Window and …

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Shades of motherhood: Sheila Heti reflects on childbearing

Carla Scarano D’Antonio moved to England (Lancashire then Surrey) in 2007 from Rome (Italy) and started attending creative writing courses. She obtained a Degree of Master of Arts in Creative Writing with Merit at Lancaster University in October 2012. Her work was published in Shipwrights (an online Swedish Review), Purple Patch, First Edition magazine, Northern …

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D.A. Lucas Poetry

We’ll Catch the Next One: a ghost and a gun meet again to talk before catching their trains away to some oblivion. the gun cackles out the wide open hole of its mouth about power, responsibility, security- then a couple asides about propriety and tyranny until spent, then tucks its thoughts away in the echoes …

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Family Man – Fiction

Family Man They had been in the band for over twenty years now. Their best years, creatively and financially when a new record would sell over a million copies, were behind them. But they were still going strong and enjoyed the privileges of those who had ‘made it’; being described by journalists as ‘pioneers’ and …

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The Settlement-Chris Boyland

Chris Boyland is a prize-winning poet who lives and works in Glasgow. His poems have been published in magazines and journals such as: [Untitled], The Poets’ Republic, 404Ink, Northwords Now, and anthologies such as  Aiblins: New Scottish Political Poetry and the New Voices Press 2018 anthology. He has performed at spoken word nights across Central Scotland and blogs occasionally at https://theglasgowempire.scot/.     The …

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Drifter – Fiction by Susan Anwin

Susan was born and raised in Budapest, Hungary, her flash-fiction Talk of Armadale trees was featured in the anthology My Favourite Place, published by the Scottish Book Trust in 2012, several of her short stories were published by Aphelion Webzine in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Susan has been featured on the cover of Aphelion in March and July 2017, February and …

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Pedigree – Fiction

David Gladwin grew up in Derbyshire, and lives in East Yorkshire.  His stories have been published by Nailed,  Old Ladybird Books and What the Dickens.  He is a member of the B.S. Johnson Society, whose forthcoming BSJ journal 4 will include a new story.   __________   ‘Was that all right?’ he said, panting anxious. ‘Did you like it?’ Angie plumped …

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Rome modern city From Nathan to 1968

Carla Scarano D’Antonio moved to England (Lancashire then Surrey) in 2007 from Rome (Italy) and started attending creative writing courses. She obtained a Degree of Master of Arts in Creative Writing with Merit at Lancaster University in October 2012. Her work was published in Shipwrights (an online Swedish Review), Purple Patch, First Edition magazine, Northern …

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