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Orbis 179, Spring

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Front cover artwork: ‘Waverley Abbey’ by Melanie Zohrabi 
back cover, detail from image:

It’s easy to get confused: do you need to be a Mystic,
Marilyn Donovan, to be able to understand what lies Beyond,
Nick Conrad says, or even fathom out the Rubber Hand Trick
with the help of Sue Norton. Coming From Here with Nick Carding,
you can find out why the
Half-Light at Scarborough is important to
Sue Spiers, before learning from Helen Harvey, who is Coming Home to Roost?
On a more serious note,
Lavinia Kumar tells us about
A Slave Catching God’s Eye, and there’s a warning from
Jill Boucher: Droit du seigneur
But you can still enjoy Michael Swan’s Ballade
and relish
Audrey Molloy explaining why Envy is a Daylily,
hen let Antony Johae tell you all about an African Epiphany
So remember,
Marlon Brando makes his Debut on a Shopping Channel (Peter Ebsworth),
you’re all welcome to make yours here in

Featured Poet: Maggie Butt: Oare Creek; Beachcombing;November 1918

Poems from: Daragh Bradish, Extract from the Villa Journal. Cheeses;
Fiona Colligan-YanoThe Sea Rabbit; Barbara Cumbers, The Quaggy and the Kid;
Jane McLaughlin, Dita’s Scarf; Martin Reed,The Man Who Died in his Own Porch;
David Mark Williams. School of Little Birds

Prose from: Michael G. Casey, Letter to Meryl – The Sequel;
Charlotte Gringras, Jay Bee and crew; Sari Pauloma, Never Give All The Heart

Translation: Philip Dunkerley: Emilia Pardo Bazán, Almas Gemelas

Past Master: Pat Galvin on William Butler Yeats 2

Article: Lyn Cooper: Poet from 19 to 91 by Marti Cooper

Reviews by Maria Isakova Bennett, Clairr O’Connor,
Angelina d’Roza, David Harmer, 
D. A. Prince, Lynne Taylor,
David Troman
and Noel Williams

Orbis 179 contributors also include:

Marti Cooper; Clive Donovan; Michael Farry; Doreen Hinchliffe; Charlie Jones;
Marie Lecrivain
John McOwat; Lee Nash; Tanya Nightingale; Charles Osborne;
Felix Purat; Zara Raab; Lynne Taylor; Li C. Tien;
John Whitehouse

August 31
The London Magazine’s Essay Competition 2017

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August 15
Second Light Open Poetry Competition

for Lond and Short Poems by Women 2017

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Torbay2Hotel003Closing date: Thursday, August 31st 2017

Torbay Open Poetry Competition

£1,000 first prize
plus free weekend at the poetry festival, (19th – 23rd Oct
2017 ), including accommodation and Festival Pass.
£400 second prizeplus a free Festival Pass.
£200 third prizeplus ticket for the
Festival Supper for two.
ENTRANCE FEE: £5.00 per poem, or 5 poems for £20.00.
Winners to be announced at the PRIZE-WINNERS’ PARTY on
Saturday 21st October, at the Torbay Poetry Festival, Livermead Cliff Hotel,
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Alice in Wonderland

Until August 17

Storeyhouse, Chester


Everybody loves Alice and enjoys her adventures and here we are, graced with a most inventive adaptation, which turns out to be an exuberant flight of fancy. That, plus all the wordplay, create an remarkable tribute to Lewis Carroll. However, it did seem like a play of two halves, and if the second one was meant to be based on Through The Looking Glass, Jabberwocky was the only thing which rang a bell, and although there was an extremely clever twist at the end of Part 1 which carried over, basically, Part Deux seemed somewhat superfluous. It was all rather confusing, well,for adults anyway. Read the rest of this entry »

The Beggar’s Opera

Until August 18

Storeyhouse, Chester


At long last, here we are in this lovely new building, with the novelty of so many excellent productions.And they may say beggars can’t be choosers but here’s a choice version being served up, if a touch on the Pantomime side – even to a Dame; tons of local references too.

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David Burland Poetry Prize 2017

31 July 2017

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UK + International

31 July 2017

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June 30
Poetry Space Competition 2017

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June 30
The London Magazine’s Poetry Prize 2017

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