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Issue 43 | September 2020 |

Poetry from Luke Kennard

Award-winning poet, Luke Kennard shares seven poems from his upcoming collection 'Notes on The Sonnets', written in response to Shakespeare's sonnets and to be published in April 2021 by Penned in the Margins.

The Write Life with Clare Morris

Clare Morris, Editor of The Write Life introduces essays by Sophia Kouidou-Giles, Michael Paul Hogan, Dominic Fisher and Kevin Kling and explores the underlying message that links them all.

North America Time, Poetry from the USA and Canada with Felicia McCarthy

Felicia McCarthy on the five outstanding poets selected for issue 43

Issue 43 Editorial: The Critical Nib with Emma Lee

Emma Lee discusses the three titles reviewed in this issue and updates us to changes in her team

Carousel, Short Fiction by Helen Campbell

“Terrible shame about Marianne,” my mother says out of the blue.  “What do you mean?”...

The Jumpers, Short Fiction by Delia Pring

Delia Pring's compelling short story takes us into the fragmented world of mental illness

Questions and Answers by Kevin Kling

Kevin Kling discusses the weaving of metaphor and sequence to create cloaks of immortality. Among the cacophony of bird calls, car horns and laundromats, we are offered the silent gift of a blind goatherd’s smile.

Alchemical Salad by Dominic Fisher

Dominic Fisher offers readers a delightful mix of wry humour, perceptive poetry criticism and pertinent gardening tips as he engages in conversation with visiting poets.

Latest Articles

In the Mughal Gardens by Michael Paul Hogan

'There are wonderful titles that are simply wonderful titles, and wonderful titles that manage the supreme trick of being simultaneously brilliant and completely relevant to the content of the actual text.'

A Discernible Pattern by Lloyd Rees

Get lost in this strange but compelling story from author Lloyd Rees.

Emma Lee Reviews ‘Wolf Planet’ by Oz Hardwick

Emma Lee reviews Oz Hardwick's 'Wolf Planet'.

Touched By Whales by Gail Harrington

Travel writer, Gail Harrington weaves her way through a host of memories and explains the wonder of wanderlust

Survive One Must by Chitra Gopalakrishnan

Or did the photographer just use the slant angle on a whim, without giving much thought to its emotional effect?

Faults and Fixes

Poet, and writer, Mike Smith explores why it is important to take the reader with you, when editing work.

Cretan Jail Journal

I’ve lost the feistiness and determination I exhibited upon capture, screaming for my right to a phone call and demanding the prison phone number so family in Kiev could call back.

Emma Lee Reviews ‘Hinge’ by Alycia Pirmohamed

Emma Lee reviews ‘Hinge’ by Alycia Pirmohamed