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Issue 35 | September 2018 |

Poetry- Ceinwen E Cariad Haydon

The Skater at the local rink her skates cut trails fingernails scratch wooden handrails she clings on for dear life. out in the woods a lake mute swans skitter on floes mis-footed...

Ruby Red Never Forget- Lyn Ann Byrne

“I remember you,” the stranger sang, back handling the door

Half a Boy – New Fiction

“Mattie, stop. You’ll burn the house down,” said Mam, prodding me in the back with the poker, the other day. But there’s no heat in...

Betrayal- Kate Ennals

Betrayal: short fiction by Kate Ennals.

Carolyn Jess-Cooke: Boom!

Carolyn Jess-Cooke: Boom!   ISBN-13: 9781781721759 Published by Seren Carolyn Jess-Cooke Carolyn Jess-Cooke was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1978 and currently lives in north-east England. She is mother to four...

Poetry by Charles G Lauder

Looking Back The moment was a colossus we built up to, at first with wheelbarrows of sand to mix the mortar, simple bamboo scaffolding, then, as tension mounted,...

3 poems by Emma Lee

Stitching America (for Gloria) It started at Kansas, roughly centre, and two strands of blue for back stitches: the calm, smooth line of a river. At each stitch, it...

“Over Land, Over Sea:

The idea for "Over Land, Over Sea: poems for those seeking refuge" (Five Leaves, 2015) started in August 2015 with a Facebook group bringing together the publisher, co-editors and supporters

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Three poems by Astrid Cabral, translated by Alexis Levitin

Astrid Cabral’s poems are visually musical and the rich vein of her native language, Portuguese, is beautifully captured in Alexis Levitin’s translation.

Two Reviews of ‘Rare Birds Voices from Holloway Prison’ by Natalie Scott

Two Blue Nib Reviewers, Lynda Scott Araya and Daniel Ajayi, consider Natalie Scott's 'Rare Birds Voices from Holloway Prison’

‘Unethical Use of a Frisbee’ by Nick Sweeney

'Had I not offered the Frisbee man my stare, the brief but unsettling vision of his feather-topped head in my fridge, then he probably wouldn’t have veered off course and found the Frisbee, and the perfect woman'

‘Tuning In’ by Dominic Fisher

Ever fancied being on the radio? Dominic Fisher tells us how!

‘Critical Days in the United States’ by Sophia Kouidou-Giles

Democracy requires constant scrutiny. It's time to vote!

Two poems by Anne M Carson

These two compositions by Australian poet Anne M Carson are as sensual and precisely structured as the music that inspired them!

Clara Burghelea talks with talented translator, Alexis Levitin

Alexis Levitin shares his view on being a translator in these cruel times: 'to show that we are all human, for better and for worse, and that language can uplift us, even if it cannot save us.'

Poetry by Bruce Meyer

Bruce Meyer, First Poet Laureate of Barrie, Ontario, CBC broadcaster, and prolific writer.