The London Magazine’s Essay Competition 2017
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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,
Torquay, Devon where short-listed poets will be invited to read their poems.www.torbaypoetryfestival.co.uk/competition Read the rest of this entry »
Alice in Wonderland
Until August 17
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
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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Front cover artwork: ‘Waverley Abbey’ by Melanie Zohrabi
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It’s easy to get confused: do you need to be a Mystic,
like Marilyn Donovan, to be able to understand what lies Beyond,
as 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,
then let Antony Johae tell you all about an African Epiphany. So remember,
if Marlon Brando makes his Debut on a Shopping Channel (Peter Ebsworth),
you’re all welcome to make yours here in Orbis…
Featured Poet: Maggie Butt: Oare Creek; Beachcombing;November 1918
Poems from: Daragh Bradish, Extract from the Villa Journal. Cheeses;
Fiona Colligan-Yano, The 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