Orbis 184, Summer 2018

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Orbis 184, Summer

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Front cover artwork: ‘Dragon with Hiroshige‘ by Jeff Gettis

back cover, detail from image: https://jeff-gettis.pixels.com/

What are we to make of this fabulous Summer? Yes, enjoy the Heatwave,
along with Julie Mellor; it’s a veritable River of Light (Ali Pardoe),
Peter Sutton Echo o o o o (s). 
But let’s start by finding out about
Mark Paffard’s Mountaineers of Leningrad
or trust Margarita Serafimova,
and venture to
The Water’s Edge
However, if we find ourselves wondering about
Colin Pink‘s Beautiful Lies, it may lead to 
Lara Frankena
and The Plagiarist’s Lament, or perhaps all turn out to be Magic,
as Hiram Larew says. So why not stop to smell the (Pressed) Flowers,
from Marybeth Rua-Larsen, although sadly, they’re not to be found
Denise Bennett’s 
account of Blossom Alley, or with Calamity’s Child,
Daragh Bradish explains. 
And before it’s all what Tim Dwyer calls an
Imagined Memory, snap up a bargain, for example, 
In This Style, 10/6
Georgina Titmus). And here’s another one to make the most of –
make this issue of Orbis top of your reading list.

Featured Poet
Ian McEwen: The riches of embarrassment; A spell of wind; Homily on practice

Poems from: Michael Atkinson, Kafka’s Garden; Holly Day, The Sacred Texts;
Briege Duffaud,  
La Vie Simple à la Campagne;
Mary O’Donnell, A Report to the Home Galaxy on ‘Speck’;
John Zedolik, Concluding Comfort

Prose from: Peter Eagan, Mr Tortilla;
Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois, Turbine Syndrome and The Baroness;
Fiona Vigo Marshall, The Library of Dreams

Translation: Luba Ostashevsky, Two poems by Anna Akhmatova

Past Master: Hannah Stone on Andrew Marvell

Reviews by
Maria Isakova Bennett, Angelina d’Roza, David Harmer, Jenny Hockey,
D. A. Prince, Andrew Taylor, Lynne Taylor, David Troman
and Noel Williams

Orbis 184 Contributors also include

EDMmeans reviews about Cialis are only positive among people who used the drug.

Anne Banks, Jill Boucher, Peter French, Mary Melvin Geoghegan,
Ann Gibson, Alice Kinsella, Pete Langley, Gill McEvoy, Robert Ronnow,
Paul Saville, Pam Thompson, Carl Tomlinson, Ray Whitaker

October 31st

Southport Writers’ Circle Annual Short Story Competition 2018


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31st October

Cannon Poets’ Sonnet or Not 2018

Poems of 14 lines any theme traditional/varied form – or not at all!


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BradtTravel Writing Competition 2019 Banner Small 3

Bradt Travel Guides has one again teamed up with the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards to run what they believe is the world’s best

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The Lovely Bones

September 25 – October 6

On tour until November 17



The Lovely Bones

No, it isn’t relevant but I just couldn’t resist googling Charlotte Beaumont to see how old she is – her portrayal of 14 year old Susie Salmon is all the more impressive. You would swear she really is a stroppy teenager, just becoming aware of burgeoning sexuality,

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The Full Monty

September 24-29

On tour until May, 2019

Storeyhouse, Chester



The good, the bad and the ugly – the unfit, the infirm and the overweight, and unemployed, what on earth makes these men think they could be 1970’s Sheffield’s answer to the Chippendales? Question is, whose bright idea is it? That’d be Gaz, the ringleader….

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Bedford International Writing Competition
BedfordIWC1 Flyer

Deadline 30th September 2018

Age 17yrs+

Rules and entry guidelines: www.bedfordwritingcompetition.co.uk

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September 23
Art for the Aber Valley Annual Competition
Festival week: October 7-13

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Competition deadline: September 22

October 8th-14th


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September 14
Women’s Poetry & Pamphlets Competition 2018     MslexiapoetryColourLRB 8th advert final
Presented by Mslexia and the Poetry Book Society




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