Orbis 178, Winter 2016


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Orbis 178, Winter

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Front cover artwork: ‘Underneath the Grove of Sycamore” by Gavin Singleton
back cover, detail from image: https://www.artgallery.co.uk/artist/gavin_singleton

Not long now, surely…Saving the Light (Tom McFadden) tells us
Spring is on the way.
and we’ll all be outside, tucking into Haagen Dazs
Geroge Saito,somewhere, oh I don’t know, perhaps overlooking
Harbour Scene, sharing the view with Jack Little.
We could be looking for
Charlie Baylis and his Mermaids, or even
The Witch, Her Book in Martha Street’s tale.However, given the English weather,
more likely we’ll be thinking 
Sarah Sibley’s got it right: The wind is a curse,
if not quite as bad as what 
Vuyelwa Carlin says concerning
Rat in the Frosty Garden. But let’s get serious and discover
Dorothy Yamamoto knows about A brief history of footwear.
Or should that be
Surreal? Courtesy of Michael Henry, Je suis un mouchoir
because you can enjoy all sorts, even the unexpected, in

Featured Poet

Pat Galvin: The Moon Fell Among the Trees; Unseen; It was a Different Life,

Poems from: Derek Coyle, Carlow Poem #59; Robin Daglish, Nowhen;
Helen Kay, Dyslexia and the Live Art Hit; Elizabeth McSkeane,
Arguing with ArithmeticK. V. Twain, At Night I Covet the State of the Sculpture;
Martin Worster, The Night Guard

Prose from: Linda Griffin, Soldiers in the garden;
Mark Reece, A Meeting of StrangersSarah Samuels, The Parcel from Kabul

Translation: Fred Beake, Four poems from Theognis (Book 2)

Past Master: Philip Dunkerley on Cora Coralina

Reviews by
Ross Cogan,
Clairr O’Connor, David Harmer, Afric McGlinchey,
D. A. Prince, Lynne Taylor, David Troman
and Noel Williams

contributors also include:

Mark Behan; Denise Bennett; Gail Dendy; Richard George;
Ann Gibson; 
Alan Hester; Dorrie Johnson; Fred Johnston; Robert Kennedy;
Mary Lee; 
Michael McCarthy; Dave Medd; Nancy Anne Miller;
Simon Perchik; Jenna Plewes; 
Joan Sheridan Smith; Ginny Sullivan;
Peter Sutton Merryn Williams; Martin Worster

February 28
The Oxford Editors Crime in Oxford Novel Prize
Does not in fact have to be set in Oxford…
st Prize: £1,000
20 manuscripts: three page assessment.
Fee: £5.

February 28

York Literature Festival / YorkMix Open Poetry Competition

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February 7-11

(On tour until February 25)

Pride and Prejudice

Liverpool Playhouse


A regular Regency romp, played for laughs… Such a rollercoaster of comedy may not seem quite in keeping with Miss Austen’s noted wit,

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February 14-18

(On tour until February 25)

Glasgow Girls

Liverpool Playhouse


It’s always interesting coming to see a play about which you know next to nothing, and a surprise when it turns out that you cannot recall anything

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Guernsey International Poetry Competition 2017

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photo ©keith morris 2012
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01970 611106


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January 31
@ Ó Bhéal’s Five Words Competition
Weekly closing date Tuesday at noon
Must feature the five words on the website:

January 16

Magma Poetry Competition


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March 31

International Rubery Book Award

For independent and self-published books


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January 2




Are you ready to enter
what might just be the world’s best travel-riting competition for unpublished writers?
Bradt Travel Guides have long been committed to the promotion of travel-writing talent
and this year they are teaming up with the Edward Stanford Writing Awards http://www.edwardstanfordawards.com/) to search for the ‘New Travel Writer of the Year’.
Open only to unpublished writers, this is a very special competition. The prize includes:
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