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June 22, 2019

Anthony Watts has been writing ‘seriously’ for over 40 years.  He has won prizes and had poems published in magazines and anthologies.  His latest collection is The Shell-Gatherer:

Anthony Watts


The Visitant


He came not from a star but from some nowhere

Between the...

August 27, 2018

DS Maolalai recently returned to Ireland after four years away, now spending his days working maintenance dispatch for a bank and his nights looking out the window and wishing he had a view. His first collection, Love is Breaking Plates in the Garden, was published in...

August 24, 2018

Annest Gwilym is the Editor of the webzine Nine Muses Poetry  Her writing has been widely published both online and in print. Her first pamphlet of poetry - Surfacing - is available from Lapwing Poetry  For a signed copy directly from the author see: http://ninemusespo...

August 24, 2018

Three of t.m. thomson’s poems have been nominated for Pushcart Awards.  She has co-authored a chapbook of ekphrastic poetry, Frame and Mount the Sky (2017); her chapbook Strum and Lull placed in Golden Walkman’s chapbook competition (2017) and is due out soon; and her...

August 24, 2018

Byron Beynon lives in Wales. His work has appeared in several publications including Agenda, London Magazine, Cyphers, Planet, Crannog, Poetry Wales, North of Oxford and the human rights anthology In Protest (University of London and Keats House Poets). He coordinated...

August 24, 2018

Suchoon Mo lives in the semiarid part of Colorado, USA.    His most recent poems appear in Aji Magazine, Modern Literature, Scarlet Leaf Review, Armarolla.

Christmas Eve

this Christmas eve
three Buddhist monks go trudging
over the frozen snow

in the darkness of sta...

June 2, 2018

Geoffrey Heptonstall's recent publications include a novel, Heaven's Invention [Black Wolf Editions], poetry for the Coffee House Anthology, the High Window,, Penwood Review and Poetry Pacific. Recent stories have appeared in Bandit Fiction, Fiction Week and Scarlet Le...

May 20, 2018

 Neil Leadbeater is an author, essayist, poet and critic living in Edinburgh, Scotland. His short stories, articles and poems have been published widely in anthologies and journals both at home and abroad. His books include Librettos for the Black Madonna (White Adder...

May 20, 2018

Fiona Sinclair is the editor of the on line poetry magazine Message in a Bottle. Her seventh collection Slow Burner will be published by smokestack in August 2018. 

 'Can do' country

I declare I could lottery win live here. Not for turquoise sea,

tiny mosques like parish...

May 2, 2018

Ian Clarke was born in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire in 1954.  He has been published in various magazines and anthologies including: Writers of East Anglia, ed. Angus Wilson; Contemporary Yorkshire Poetry, Ed Vernon Scannell; and In The Telling, ed.Susan Richardson & Gail As...

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