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Orbis 167 Spring 2014

 

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Featured Poet

Laura Seymour: Glassweed; The National Grid; My Past Life 2; Professional Dowser, 1973

Poems from: K. J. Barrett: Edward Thomas Dreamed of Spring; Clif Mason: The Sunlight Was Mortal; Katherine Noone: Pending; Kate O’Shea:The Doll’s House; Rosina Thomas: The Blue Room; Davide Trame: Notes while travelling across the lagoon

Prose from: Jacob Edwards: Dyslexica; Laura Solomon: Desert Life, Desert Love

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David Burridge: Franz Werfel, Der Weltfreund; Howard Giskin and Tang Yao: Ma Li, Sound of a Man Walking; Keep Your First Intuition

 

Past Master: Anne Lawrence on William Shakespeare

 

Reviews by Angelina Ayers, Maria Isakova Bennett, David Harmer, S.J. Holloway, Clairr O’Connor,

Lynne Taylor, Dave Troman and Noel Williams

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August 1
@ THE ALICE MUNRO WRITERS AND READERS FESTIVAL SHORT STORY COMPETITION
1 copy emailed;1 typed copy with registration:
SEND TO: Alice Munro Writers & Readers Festival,
c/o Box 90, Wingham, Ontario N0G 2W0
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July 31
THE 2014 ANNUALSEAN O’FAOLAIN SHORT STORY COMPETITION
Entries may be emailed, or
SEND TO: The Munster Literature Centre, Frank O’Connor House,
84 Douglas Street, Cork, Ireland
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Manc8567_Manchester Poetry and Fiction 2014_Kudos_printAugust 29
# THE MANCHESTER WRITING COMPETITIONS
Open internationally
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Sid Chaplin

August 31
26th ANNUAL SID CHAPLIN SHORT STORY COMPETITION

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July 4-August 24

The Secret Garden

Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre
www.grosvenorparkopenairtheatre.co.uk 

Reviewed for Whatsonstage

4*

It may be called the Pathetic Fallacy but it’s true here: gorgeous evening – gorgeous play. A perfect fit for such a setting, the tale of the spoilt brat sent from exotic India to live in down-to-earth Yorkshire. What with the eponymous exterior and the mysteries of the interior, we watch as Mary Lennox matures and blooms whilst uncovering all the hidden treasures.

The atmosphere is enhanced by the delicacy of the music, and its exuberance, the production, with the inventive use of props eg the unfurling of dainty parasols to symbolise the growing blooms. Then there’s the animals, all endearingly brought to life by the puppeteers; at times, the mere mortals have a wee bit of a job to keep up.

But Heather Phoenix makes it her business to create the forbidding housekeeper Mrs Medlock whilst Ben Weatherstaff, the gruff gardener, compassionate Martha, the maid (Kathryn Delaney) and brother Dickon (Gary Mitchinson), work miracles, particularly where Mary and her cousin Colin are concerned. Peter F. Gardiner’s main role is that of evil Dr Craven and Mark Healy is touching as Colin’s tormented father, matched by Hannah Barrie as Lilias Craven, then brisk Dr Brés

And top marks to Jessica Clark who evolves into an enchanting heroine from a most unpleasant child. Initially, she could give masterclasses in imperiousness and sulks – until encountering the downtrodden, bedridden Colin (Max Gallagher), then he, too, as if by magic, is gradually transformed.

Every year, these shows should be on your calendar, marked with huge gold stars; with this breathtaking, heartwarming production, they have excelled themselves.

Cinnamon Press

July 31
CINNAMON PRESS DEBUT NOVEL/LA COMPETITION
Open to those who have not had a previous novel published
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Wasafiri

July 25
WASAFIRI NEW WRITING PRIZE 2014
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July 9-August 2

Betty Blue Eyes

Liverpool Playhouse
www.everymanplayhouse.com

4*

 

So many jokes about things porcine, but so little space in a review, and there also seems to be a cast of thousands. Another problem is the

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Dog39995June 21-July 12
Touring until October 26

Dead Dog in a Suitcase 
and other love songs

Everyman, Liverpool
www.everymanplayhouse.com

Reviewed for Whatsonstage; shorter version here:
http://www.whatsonstage.com/liverpool-theatre/reviews/06-2014/dead-dog-in-a-suitcase-tour-liverpool_34877.html

4*
Yes of course it’s a musical, but so varied – there’s method in their Madness, as well as Sid Vicous etc, etc in there, and so passionate, it’s like no other.

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