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Orbis 170, Winter 2014

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Front cover artwork: ‘Church Street’ by Steve Williams;
back cover, detail from image: http://steve50wicks.wix.com/paintings

Of course you want to know what happened
on the road to
Ploubalay with Chrissy Banks,
though admittedly risking a peek over John Paul Davies’s shoulder into
Jack The Ripper’s Bedroom will makes you Perfectly Blue, Faye Boland warns.
Nobody, including Aidan Baker would classify it asThe Finest-Hour Syndrome.
best stick to the Facts, provided by Fokkina McDonnell
because you never know just what will squeeze out of the Genie’s Bottle (Li C. Tien).
Or do you have an answer for Susan Lindsay:
Shall We Get Swept Away By Lunch-time?
Why not find out? Will you be attracted to the shining lights in this issue of Orbis,
along with a surprising number of moths…

Featured Poet

Mark Carson: Grogan’s Castle;

Incognito, Cumbria; Holy Week, Ronda

Agoraphobics, Cambridge; Night flight, Karachi


Poems from: Sue Burge: Seven Easy Steps to Working with Angels;

Luba Ostashevsky; The Fish; Jonathan Lewis:Walking to The Nutcracker; Benedict Newbery: Film Review by Vlad


Prose from: Ágnes Cserháti: Standing on the Corner; Charlotte Gringras: The Thief of Time; Mark Reece: Forced Exercise

Translation: Anita Marsh; Anthony Costello; Anthony Howell: Alain-Fournier, LaRonde

Past Master: Merryn Williams on W.H. Davies

Article: Reading Poetry Aloud by William Alderson

Reviews: Angelina Ayers, Maria Isakova Bennett, Clairr O’Connor, David Harmer,
Afric McGlinchey, Jennifer A. McGowan, D. A. Prince, David Troman
and Noel Williams

Orbis 170 contributors also include:

John Ashley; Nick Burbridge; Jennie Christian; Annemarie Cooper; Barbara Cumbers; Fiona Donaghy;
Richard George; Alice Harrison;
Liz Horrocks; Mary Lee; Jim Lindop; Richard Martin; Jean O’Brien;
Anita Ouellette; 
Edward Ragg; Rachel Spence; John Whitehouse; Alessio Zanelli


May 31

Pen & Ink Designs 3rd Annual Spring Writing Competition


Pen & Ink logo

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May 31

The London Magazine’s Poetry Competition 2015

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LondonTLM Poetry Competition 2015 - HalfPage - FINAL

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May 31


All money in excess of prize fund goes to our charity Yeovil Community Arts Association
which sponsors group and individual effort in the arts in Yeovil and the surrounding area.


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Let’s do lunch – or rather, enjoy an evening together:
I’m Guest Poet at Words & Ears, Poem-and-a-Pint Night;
The Swan, Bradford on Avon, 7.30pm, Thursday, April 30:
‘ Bring a poem, story or song to share. All performers and listeners welcome:
open mic slots always available. £3 on the door.
Contact Dawn: 07765 106894; dawngorman27@virginmedia.com,
or via Twitter @dawngormanpoet


May 31

Roundel Poetry Competition 2015


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William Alderson: short-listed for the Fenland Poet Laureateship for 2015

Gail Dendy, ‘Highly Commended’ for Rina. In The Dinaane Debut Fiction Award (formerly the European Union Literary Award)

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April 30

Ver Poets Open Competition 2015


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APRIL 30th



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April 8 – 11
On tour to May 16

Plastic Figurines



Liverpool Playhouse Studio



Reviewed for WOS:



We know, of course we do, everything about Autism. Well, all the MMR scandal, and that popular play, and the book… But a curious incident and a much publicized controversy can’t compare with the 24/7 of looking after a sibling. There may be no bio in the programme for author, Ella Carmen Greenhill, but hard to doubt she does not know of what she writes.

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