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Orbis 169

Front cover artwork: ‘When The Forest Calls‘ by Theresa Tahara;
back cover, detail from image: http://theresa-tahara.artistwebsites.com/

Featured Poet
Maureen Hill: Bering; Anna Christina; Glass; Bertha – Mrs Rochester

Poems from:Yvonne Baker:The taste of black moss; Simon Fletcher:Landscape;
John Hart: Elation; Kate North: Hematocyte; Paul Stephenson:The Swell Speed of Mrs Jackson’s Knees

Prose from: Gail Dendy: Breath’s Journey; Ayelet McKenzie: Broken Surfaces;
Luke Murphy: The Glass Cage

Translation: Michael Swan: Petrarcha Canzoniere 272

Past Master: Dave Troman on Edgar Allan Poe

Article: Enda Coyle-Greene: One Woman’s Voice – the poems of Sheila Wingfield

Reviews by:Angelina Ayers,Maria Isakova Bennett, Suzannah Evans,
David Harmer, 
Afric McGlinchey, Jennifer McGowan,
Clairr O’Connor, Lynne Taylor, D.A. Prince

Orbis 169 contributors also include:
Niamh Boyce; Séamas Carraher; Ross Cogan; Ian Colville; Stella Davis;
Siobhan Daffy; Eliza Dear; Marianne Dissard; Martin A. Egan; Margaret Gleave;
Cora Greenhill; 
Oz Hardwick; Chris Hardy; Gloria Keeley; Noel King;
Simon Leonard; Luke Palmer; 
Ali Pardoe; Kathleen M Quinlan;
Marilyn Ricci; Marg Roberts; Catherine Rockwood;
Phil Ruthen; Martha Street; Alec Taylor; Linda White 

February 2


UK based women over 21


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Red Squirrel Press

January 31
Red Squirrel Press Annual James Kirkup Memorial Poetry Competition
& Annual Sara Park Memorial Short Story Competition

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Fire River Poets

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February 20
Fire River Poets Open Poetry Competition 2014/15


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Orbis 168



Orbis 168 Summer 2014
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Front cover artwork: ‘Tickled Pink’ by Lance Headlee;
back cover, detail from image: www.lanceheadlee.com

Featured Poet, 
Lance Nizami: AmericanaHealing; Zen

Poems from: John Temple Finnigan: ….take these broken wings and learn….;
Mandy HaggithSunderbansNiels HavWith Charlie Chaplin in Yulin;
Anzhelina PolonskayaThe Berkut of Mezhigorie (trans. Andrew Wachtel);
Noel WilliamsNight-scented stock

Prose from: Caroline Carverthe search; Michael CaseyLetter to Meryl;
Rachael HegartyThe Cleaning Lady

Translation: Terese Coe, Rainer Maria Rilke’s Fallende Sterne

Past Master: Ian Colville on Robert Herrick

Angelina Ayers, Maria Isakova Bennett, Suzannah Evans,
David Harmer, Afric McGlinchey, Jennifer McGowan,
Clairr O’Connor,  D. A. Prince, Lynne Taylor

Orbis 168 contributors also include:

Christopher Allen; Maria Bennett; Robert James Berry; Adrian Buckner;
Lucinda Carey; Ian Clarke; Nick Conrad; Jim Conwell; Anna Dwyer;
Anne Hay; Anne Humphreys; 
Ashleigh John; Terence John;
Shirley Jones; Gill Learner; Michael Mc Carthy; 
John Michael Mouskos;
Dr D. Parrott; Marcus Smith; 
Dolores Stewart; Lynne Taylor;
Jonathan Totman; Helen Whitten; Anna Wigley; Sarah Williams  


January 24
University of Oxford Continuing Education MSt in Creative Writing



David Burland

May 31

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Kudos 102



Kudos 102
Runs all the way up to Summer, 2015

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                                                                                            Goodbye to all that… 

                                                                            and hello to a new incarnation

Twinkling away again with WriteStar, as well as Cinnamon, John Dryden,
Fish Publishing, Henshaw, Keats and Shelley, Kent & Sussex, MagmaMslexia, Poetry Space and Torriano

And we have Something Old:
Manchester, Oxford, Bridport, Ware, Bristol, Ver, Grey Hen, Frogmore, FWS and David Burland

And Something New: Neil Gunn, Fire Poets, Four Counties, Lucy Cavendish College, and The Overton Prize

And Something Blue as we sign off with the final issue of the magazine…

So Borrow, or better still, Buy, Orbis 171, where Kudos will replace the Poetry Index Section,
with all kinds of interesting discoveries:

Doolin, FlashBang, Mogford, Mother’s Milk, Nivalis, Papatango, PWG,

March 31st


Prizes: Silver Wyvern + €400; €200 x 2; €100 x 3. Other prizes.

Theme: ‘Food & drink – or lack of it’.

Judges: Kenneth Steven & other TBA.

3 categories: open, 50 lines (maimum); Formal, 40; Short, 10

FEES: Postal entries (2 copies each poem): £7 per poem

(4 x £25, then £ 6) or €20 ($25) x 2 poems

Email entries: €12 per poem (3 poems x €30) pay Paypal

Poetry on the Lake, Isola San Giulio , 28016 Orta NO, Italy




December 13 – January 4





Liverpool Empire



OK, seen one panto, it feels as if you’ve seen them all… so here we are in old Peking, via Egypt, Arabia and England, both Regency and Victorian. Pretty colourful, obviously, particularly if orange is supposed to be good for you; scenery and costumes: orange and red, orange and turquoise – you get the picture. In fairness, the scenery otherwise looks anime inspired, and attractively stylised for the posh bits.

That would be the Emperor (Pete Price) and Princess Jasmine(Leanne Campbell). She’s blonde, which kind of says it all, and a good match for Aladdin. Ray Quinn’s picture makes him look like Britain’s Most Wanted, which he probably is of course, and making the most of his all singing, dancing etc role but perhaps a little bit bumptious. It’s Ben Engelen as brother Wishy Washy, who really shines with all his hard work keeping the audience amused, whole-heartedly helped by panto stalwart Roy Brandon (Widow Twankey) and Adam Curtis (PC Pong).

Warren Donnelly as Abanazar unfortunately takes a while to get into his stride, and not half as ferocious as your average villain of the piece, or the panto. Luckily, Claire Sweeney saves the day, the Genie of the Ring neatly switching between glamourpuss and sourpuss (lots of tetchy observations).

And plenty of the renowned Scouse humour – oh yes, there is, from local references, shrewd observations to quite a lot of funny jokes.

Audience participation tends to sound sedate but everybody joined in with riotous enthusiasm; for a hugely entertaining night out, they’d no doubt award the show 4*, if not 5*.

December 4-January 10


St Mary’s Centre, Chester





Never mind ‘There’s Something About Mary’, it’s Alice who has kept us all entranced for so long now. But such a familiar story, what on earth can

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