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This Itch by Dorothy Simmons

'No matter whether we write about what we know in a literal sense or not, we write about what we perceive, we write about how we imagine life has been, is, or might be.'

Imperfect by Ysella Sims

Writer and poet, Ysella Sims explains why imperfection is a fertile gift

3 Poems by Brian Kirk

We’re connected to thousands of years of poetic tradition with Kirk’s fidelity to form. The melodic movement of his visual verse takes us from turbulent sestina to the resting place of Noah’s Ark.

The Fall by Judy Birkbeck

‘He was Adam, separate, oak and beech and hazel trees crowded him, squeezed him, they were pigs buckling and squirming and their flesh heaved against him, sizzled and withered to a crinkled brown mass of labyrinths that formed and melted, formed and melted, and the air was full of screams. His own.’

2 Poems by John Casquarelli translated from Turkish by Sevda Akyuz

John Casquarelli’s poems exult in vividness and engage the body of the reader in unexpected ways.

Border Post by Charlie Gracie

Charlie Gracie weaves a wonderful tale of a bothy and a border post.

‘The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree’ by Shokoofeh Azar

Dave Kavanagh reviews ‘The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree’ by Shokoofeh Azar, shortlisted for the International Booker Prize, 2020.

Come Along by Sophia Kouidou-Giles

Poet, translator and essayist, Sophia Kouidou-Giles reveals why the freedom of the outdoors is a gift to be treasured.

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In the Mughal Gardens by Michael Paul Hogan

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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