Orbis 201, Autumn

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Orbis 201, Autumn 2022

All the best to you, and to Orbis!
(Glyn Maxwell; shortlisted for Best Collection in the Forward Prize)

‘Best wishes for the journal – and congratulations on such a successful magazine
over the years’ (Joy Harjo, United States Poet Laureate)

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Associate Editor (Book Reviews): Maria Isakova-Bennett
Please note with new collections, press release in first instance – not review copies.

Reviews by Philip Dunkerley; David Harmer; Jenny Hockey;
Jennifer A. McGowan; D.A. Prince; Pauline Rowe;
Theresa Sowerby; Andrew Taylor; Pam Thompson

Front cover artwork: ‘Melting butterflies‘ by Suzanne Bonds
back cover, detail from image

So which is it for you: A Dying Fall, or is September the new January,
full of new beginnings? You can certainly enjoy
Gabrielle O’Donovan’s
Miracle Of SamhainDrift with Rosie Adamson-Clark, and like Brooke James,
give thanks for 
An Abundance of Blessings – or be intrigued by
Capybara and a camera; let Anne Osbourn explain. It’s all in a good cause,
Tariq Hassan’s Ten Charities; just follow Alyza Taguilaso‘s Instructions
then you can appreciate Resurgam (Terence Brick) and concoct
something divine, like
Ian CawsConfectioner. But watch out for
Jeff Skinner’s warning about a Cloudburst, even more so
When it came to ways of saving the planet (Julian Bishop).
You may feel the need for some kind of
Defence, as Aidan Coleman does.
Or just a really good read…

Featured Poet: Pam Galloway,
Let’s go Big Toe!; Dovetail; Wings; Death and the moon

Poems from Ken Anderson, Simplex Munditis; Isabel de Andreis, condor;
Marilyn DonovanRed Knot: a MurmurationS C Flynn, Dinosaurs on the roof;
Martha Stainsby, Dragon Energy; Steven Taylor, El Lissitzky

Prose from Fiona Vigo Marshall, Serena conjures the unicorn;
Anne Osbourn, The climate change workshop

Translation: Pablo Dubois, El Pasado

Past Master: Mark Paffard on Andrew Marvell

Article: Philip Dunkerley, Noel Williams’ Words Of Wisdom

Orbis 201 Contributors also include

Daniel Boland; Sheena Bradley; Terence Brick;
Mike Barlow; Caroline Carver; Laura Ciraolo; Eithne Cullen;
Barbara Cumbers; Billy Fenton; Lydia Fulleylove; Gabriel Griffin;
Pauline Hawksworth; Christopher M James; Fred Johnston;
Zoe Karathanasi; Nigel Kent; Alison McCrossan; Bert Molsom;
Emmaline O’Dowd; 
Richard Palmer; Ali Pardoe;
John Priestley; Martha Stainsby;
Georgina Titmus; John Whitehouse



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August 31

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July 31

* Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2022

11 – 17s


July 31

* Ironbridge Festival of the Imagination Open Poetry Competition



August 2
Second Light Poetry Competition
For long and short poems by women.


August 27

Buzzwords Poetry Competition 2022


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July 31
Annual HISSAC Short Story & Flash Fiction Competitions



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April 26, Liverpool Playhouse

Reviewed for Writebase: https://writebase.co.uk/



A magical and meaningful production which draws out so many parallels with life today, 80 years on, there are nearly as many lines as those spoken by the excellent cast. In other words, so many lessons to be learned in this iconic tale of animals taking over. Near as damnit, the lunatics running the asylum, with their delusional ideas and grandiose so-called victories.

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Fascinating Aîda

Floral Pavilion, New Brighton

February 1, reviewed for Writebase: https://writebase.co.uk/



Who says women of a certain age are invisible? Three cheers for the ever glamorous, and indeed, downright sexy (not sure I’m permitted to say that, but damn sure they wouldn’t object) Fascinating Aîda, who not only make their presence felt but are so in your face you can see the whites of their eyes as the sweetest of harmonies deliver vitriol in the sharpest of points; a fabled, and fabulous, iron fist in a velvet glove. And you needn’t think the audience is full of, shall we say, women in their prime either because

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Poetry on the Lake International Poetry Competition 2022

Deadline: 30th June 2022



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