Orbis 181, Autumn 2017

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Orbis 181, Autumn

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Front cover artwork: ‘Bridge Over Troubled Waters’ by Shanina Conway

The Long and the Short and the Tall? Well, long poems this time, certainly,
and a lot that rhyme  
(which perhaps this should do in honour of the occasion),
except –
Helen Harrison’s  
The Rhythm of Wood. Plus a couple under 10 lines,
and maybe you’ll agree with  
Gregory Arena, that We’re all Dr Who?
Yes, quite a few Tales of the Unexpected:
ever come across
The Patagonian Su? Let Colin Sutherill explain. Or you could visit  
Mt. Hiei
in the company of
Pauline Flynn, perhaps pay a Cold Call, with Martin Malone.
Meanwhile, Lay by Gale Acuff is entirely open to interpretation,
and better pay heed to
Marie Dolores’s suggestion: Beware the Meek.
What exactly does
Cathy Whittaker have in mind, saying, I will buy a trunk?
o prizes however for guessing whom Grahame Lloyd’s
Trumpery Trumpety Trump is about. And forgive us
if we seem to be blowing our own trumpet, Because reading the magazine –
you’ll soon see why…

Featured Poet

Lyn Moir: Life Drawing; Playing Deck Shuffleboard with Somerset Maugham, 1948;
At the Movies, Ohio 1942

Poems from Matt Barnard, A Portrait of the Artist as a Sasquatch;
Judith Drazin, A Blue TimeJonathan Edwards, Best Man;
Eve Jackson
, The Dutch Circus Came To Town and They Missed It;
Grahame Lloyd,Trumpery Trumpety Trump

Prose from
Gregory Arena, Examination: the Italian English Certification Centre Cambung ©;
Christine Despardes, MassCity; Joanne Feltham, Perspectivo (Translation):Perspective

Past Master: David Troman on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Article: Carol Sausman: On Rhyme and Reason

Reviews by Maria Isakova Bennett, Ross Cogan, Angelina d’Roza,
David Harmer, Lindy Newns, Lynne Taylor, David Troman
and Noel Williams

Orbis Contributors also include

Kevin Barrett; Jane Blanchard; A. C. Clarke; Michael Coy;
David Crann; Fiona Donaghey;
Kieran Egan; Scott Elder;
Aidan Fadden; Leo Holloway; Patricia Leighton; Tim Love;
Julie Lumsden;
Patricia McCaw; D. A. Prince; Tanya Prudente; Alexandra Sashe;
A. K. S. Shaw; Anne Symons; Philip Williams; Alessio Zanelli

April 30

Ware Poets Open Poetry Competition 2018


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The Play That Goes Wrong

January 29-February 3



Certainly does what it says on the can – when this production goes wrong, it really does go wrong. It is also extremely odd to review something about which you know nothing; the programme maintains the fiction, or maybe delusion, about a play called ‘Murder at Haversham Manor’, performed by an

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A Pacifist's Guide to the War on Cancer, l-r Eva Alexander, Elexi Walker, Lara Veitch, Bryony Kimmings, Lottie Vallis, Gemma Storr. Photo by Mark Douet

A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer

January 26 – February 3

On tour until March 29

Liverpool PLayhouse


I particularly wanted to see this show because it’s Bryony Kimmings with Complicite – a killer combination. You think that’s bad? You ain’t seen, or heard, anything yet. The production is of

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2018 York Literature Festival /

YorkMix Open Poetry Competition

Competition closing date: February 25, 2018



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The Little Mermaid

November 25- January 20



Interesting to visit a show later on the run rather than on the Press Night, which always has its own shall we say peculiar atmosphere, heady with anticipation, and all the more so with looking forward to Xmas. The danger is the possibility of running out of steam and energy (and puff, if it’s

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December 1 – January 14

The Secret Seven

Storeyhouse, Chester



Can there be a child anywhere in this country who hasn’t read something by Enid Blyton – maybe simply because adults may tend to frown on such popular writers. Well, the past isn’t just another country but invariably politically incorrect and a nightmare for upholders of Health

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March 2

Edwin Morgan Poetry Award

£20,000 awarded biennially to a Scottish poet aged 30 or under:
born in Scotland, or continuously resident in Scotland for the last three years,
or brought up in Scotland, or having a Scottish parent.

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December 16 – January 7


Liverpool Empire


Reviewed for North West End: www.northwestend.co.uk


Well now, what could be charming than a selfie with Duncan of Blue? A riveting production of oh not, not Cinderella again? Unfortunately, that goes

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Historical Novel Society New Novel Award

Deadline: December 31

For an unpublished novel; online submission only


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