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Mslexia Indie Press Guide: 2nd edition, £14.99 (+ p&p)
Comprehensive catalogue of nearly 600 independent literary presses and journals
in the UK and the Republic of Ireland
Mslexia Writer’s Diary 2018: £13.99 (+ p&p)

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November 30
The Writers Bureau 2017 Autumn Flash Fiction Competition

Northern Broadsides Sept 2017For Love Or Money by Lesage TurcaretAdapted by Blake Morrison  Directed by Barrie RutterDesigned by Jessica Worrall   Lighting by Tim SkellyBarrie Rutter/ Fuller  Matt Booth/Ruddle  Sarah Parks/TeresaJim English/Martin  Jordan Metcalfe/Jack  Jacky Naylor/MarleneJos Vantyler/Arthur Sarah-Jane Potts/Rose Kat Rose-Martin/Lisa©NOBBY CLARK+44(0)7941-515770+44(0)

Northern Broadsides Sept 2017For Love Or Money by Lesage TurcaretAdapted by Blake Morrison Directed by Barrie RutterDesigned by Jessica Worrall Lighting by Tim SkellyBarrie Rutter/ Fuller Matt Booth/Ruddle Sarah Parks/TeresaJim English/Martin Jordan Metcalfe/Jack Jacky Naylor/MarleneJos Vantyler/Arthur Sarah-Jane Potts/Rose Kat Rose-Martin/Lisa©NOBBY CLARK+44(0)7941-515770+44(0)

November 21-25

Touring until December 2

For Love Or Money

Liverpool Playhouse


Couple of things kind of give away the French origins of this play (Turcaret by Alain-René Lesage, probably better known for his novel, Gil Blas). It is extremely farcical; there may not be that many doors but by gum, there’s a lot of double takes, and with Mr Fuller, the bank manager’s case, classic

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Orbis 184


Orbis184, Summer

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Front cover artwork: ‘Dragon with Hiroshige‘ by Jeff Gettis

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What are we to make of this fabulous Summer? Yes, enjoy the Heatwave,
along with Julie Mellor; it’s a veritable River of Light (Ali Pardoe),
as Peter SuttonEcho o o o o (s). But let’s start by finding out about
Mark Paffard’sMountaineers of Leningrad, or trust Margarita Serafimova,
and venture to The Water’s Edge. However, if we find ourselves wondering about
Colin Pink‘s Beautiful Lies, it may lead to Lara Frankena
and The Plagiarist’s Lament, or perhaps all turn out to be Magic,
as Hiram Larew says. So why not stop to smell the (PressedFlowers,
from Marybeth Rua-Larsen, although sadly, they’re not to be found
in Denise Bennett’s account of Blossom Alley, or with Calamity’s Child,
as Daragh Bradish explains. And before it’s all what Tim Dwyer calls an
Imagined Memory, snap up a bargain, for example, In This Style, 10/6
(Georgina Titmus). And here’s another one to make the most of –
make this issue of Orbis top of your reading list.

Featured Poet
Ian McEwen: The riches of embarrassment; A spell of wind; Homily on practice

Poems from: Michael AtkinsonKafka’s GardenHolly DayThe Sacred Texts;
Briege Duffaud,  La Vie Simple à la Campagne;
Mary O’DonnellA Report to the Home Galaxy on ‘Speck’;
John ZedolikConcluding Comfort

Prose from: Peter EaganMr Tortilla;
Mitchell Krockmalnik GraboisTurbine Syndrome and The Baroness;
Fiona Vigo MarshallThe Library of Dreams

Translation: Luba OstashevskyTwo poems by Anna Akhmatova

Past Master: Hannah Stone on Andrew Marvell

Reviews by
Maria Isakova Bennett, Angelina d’Roza, David Harmer, Jenny Hockey,
D. A. Prince, Andrew Taylor, Lynne Taylor, David Troman 
and Noel Williams

Orbis 184 Contributors also include

Anne Banks, Jill Boucher, Peter French, Mary Melvin Geoghegan,
Ann Gibson, Alice Kinsella, Pete Langley, Gill McEvoy, Robert Ronnow,
Paul Saville, Pam Thompson, Carl Tomlinson, Ray Whitaker


Orbis 183, Spring

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Front cover artwork: ‘Dragonflies First Flight’ by Amanda Dagg
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Who wouldn’t love to know More About the Marmoset? Fortunately,
Max Gutmann can explain. 
And why is Alex Josephy writing
On Not Going into the Garden? It’s a Gift,
says Sarah Lindon, like creating poems such as Julie Maclean’s Light Wave
and Particles of Icarus
and John Timothy RobinsonA Keepsake
in Handfuls of Memory Eart
Or even when you know things like
This is how it feels before the rain, as Ben Macnair tells us.
Meanwhile, Yvonne Adami can be discovered Walking the Merri,
whilst Katherine Swett 
is a Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog.
Mark Carson however reveals the grim details 
of being an Apprentice;
like John-Christopher Johnson, think Frankenstein
On that rather dark note,
let us reassure you there’s plenty here to make you Smile
thank you,
Lorna Sherry; you’re sure to enjoy this issue,
along with Grahaeme Barrasford Young – Because I say so.
And finally, or rather, with Tony Hendry,
simply And

Featured Poet
, Judith ShawGreek Juggernaut; genuine middle eastern sculpture;
it helps somehow; There are more fences now

Poems from Lucía Orellana-DamacelaRain Noir:
Zebulon HusetOf Chivalry and Chance;
Ed JonesWhen Jesus Spoke to the Elephants;
Mary MakofskeCreation/Apocalypse;
Hannah Stone, ‘How unpleasant to meet Mr Eliot’;
Martin ZarropSleepers

Prose from Jim MeiroseThe Burning Bush;
Luba OstashevskyPeople are crazy;
Lorna Sherry, Smile

Past Master: Eamonn Lynskey on Eugene Lee Hamilton

Reviews by Maria Isakova Bennett, Philip Dunkerley, David Harmer,
Afric McGlinchey, 
D. A. Prince, Andrew Taylor, Lynne Taylor and Noel Williams

Contributors also include

John Arnold; Anne Ballard ; Stephen Clarke; Jim Conwell;
Nigel Ford; Paul Francis; 
Pauline Hawkesworth; Richard Hughes;
Paula Jennings; Lindy Newns; John Perrault; 
Anne Rees;
Peter Viggers; F. J. Williams; Nicky Winder


Orbis182, Winter

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Front cover artwork: ‘Venice Costume Drama‘ by John Penney
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Have those long, dark nights had you observing, along with Jo Peters,
It’s not that I don’t believe in ghosts? Well, as we head into the light, finally,
we can echo Laura Ciraolo and Go lightly through life, especially if January
involved a bit of a Dry Patch (Mat Riches) – or were you as determined as
Jenny Johnson
, declaring I Am Swift Purpose? Although, as Brian Daldorph
explains, there is an art in knowing  when it’s Time to go, while Oz Hardwick
will tell you the Rudiments of Practical Philosophy, something about which
the Ancients knew a thing or two. But rather than making Bronze Offerings
In The Water
, along with Tim Miller, maybe we should pour A Libation,
thanks to Ginny Sullivan. And to everybody who enjoys poetry –
Orbis is filled with some excellent samples.

Featured Poet
, Ben BransfieldSurfaces; Penance;Cellar; The Weight; The Chord

Poems from
Andrew Button (Johnny Marr’s Fingers); Wendy Everett; (The silence of);
Jean O’Brien; (Paper-Chain-Dolls): Harry Owen (Unhinged at Chintsa);
Theresa Sowerby (A Charm of Gates);
Anne Tannam (The Poet Transformed Into Anger)

Prose from Alexa Recio de Fitch (Fabrication); Grahame Lloyd (Seeing the Light):
Sam Smith (Ideas not derived from experience but with observable outcomes)

Translation From the Early Irish: Terence Brick (Líadain)

Past Master: Becca Menon on Isolde Kurz

Reviews by
Angelina d’Roza, Philip Dunkerley, David Harmer, Clairr O’Connor,
D. A. Prince, Lynne Taylor, David Troman and Noel Williams


Orbis 182 Contributors also include

Sheila Aldous; Jean Atkin; Veronica Beedham; Martin Bennett;
C M Buckland; Ann Flynn; A. P. Fraser; Adrian Green; Jenny Hamlett;
Simon Leonard; Kathleen McPhilemy; Frances Nagle; Carsten Smith-Hall;
Laura Solomon; Jonathan Totman; Richard Williams; Jim C. Wilson


Orbis181, 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’sThe 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?
No 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 BarnardA Portrait of the Artist as a Sasquatch;
Judith DrazinA Blue TimeJonathan EdwardsBest Man;
Eve Jackson
The Dutch Circus Came To Town and They Missed It;
Grahame Lloyd,Trumpery Trumpety Trump

Prose from
Gregory ArenaExamination: the Italian English Certification Centre Cambung ©;
Christine DespardesMassCityJoanne FelthamPerspectivo (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

bis180, Summer

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Front cover artwork: ‘Day Out by James Walsh ©
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Here’s one for all those with a child genius, and a vague yearning to learn
(just try googling it…): be intrigued by Laura Seymour
and The fate of the peanut specialist. Not to mention Frances Sackett’s
description of the Moon in Flood –and why is Mum’s Laughing (Anne Stewart)?
And just how do you go about Outwitting Baba Yaga? Pat Farrington explains,
while John Andrew spins a yarn about his Line of Ancestry.
Join in with Elizabeth Barton’sSong of a Suburb, keeping a watch, though,
for Sue Davies and The Strawberry Thieves, as well as The Burner
(Tom Moody). Then relax with some Cocktails in the company
of James Conor Patterson, raising a glass to Neil Beardmore’sAmanuensis.
But heed the Teachings of the Shaman from Louis Nthenda,
and Sarah Barnsley’s instructions:
We have made a number of key appointments –
be sure to keep yours with this issue of Orbis

Featured Poet Kevin Casey: A New Confectionery; Promises; Darning the Sky

Poems from:
Arthur BroomfieldSeeing Limerick Station through quantum physics;
Craig KurtzHuswife’s Velleity; Edward O’DwyerThe End of Ice-Cream;
Fiona Pitt-KethleyFigs and Amethysts; Gwen SayersNkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika

Prose from Charles OsborneThe Girl in the Sand;
Jennifer OuelletteThe Heroes;
Pavle Radonic, LOVES HIGH AND LOW Wives and Devotions

Translation: Brent SouthgatePoems from Martial

Past Master: Helen Ashley on Edward Thomas

Reviews by
Clairr O’Connor, Angelina d’Roza, Philip Dunkerley, David Harmer,
D. A. Prince, Andrew Taylor, David Troman 
and Noel Williams

Orbis 180 contributors also include

Mike Alderson; Aidan Baker; Linda Benninghoff;
Toby Campion; Andrew Curtis; 
Nathan Fidler; Angela Howarth;
Ian McLachlan; Antony Mair; 
Katherine Noone; Val Pargeter;
Karen Petersen; Laura Potts; Paul Protheroe; 
Natalie Scott;
K. V. Skene; David Troman; Chris Woods


Orbis179, Spring

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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 seigneurBut 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 EpiphanySo 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 ButtOare Creek; Beachcombing;November 1918

Poems from: Daragh BradishExtract from the Villa Journal. Cheeses;
Fiona Colligan-YanoThe Sea Rabbit; Barbara CumbersThe Quaggy and the Kid;
Jane McLaughlinDita’s Scarf; Martin Reed,The Man Who Died in his Own Porch;
David Mark WilliamsSchool of Little Birds

Prose from: Michael G. CaseyLetter to Meryl – The Sequel;
Charlotte GringrasJay Bee and crewSari PaulomaNever 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 
andNoel 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


Orbis178, Winter

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Front cover artwork: ‘Underneath the Grove of Sycamore” by Gavin Singleton
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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
alongside Geroge Saito,somewhere, oh I don’t know, perhaps overlooking
a 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
a Rat in the Frosty Garden. But let’s get serious and discover
what 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 Orbis.

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
andNoel 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


Orbis177, Autumn

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Front cover artwork: ‘Copper Rain’ by Kelly Marie Davidson
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Singing in the Rain, and Walking the Dog; as you may guess
from the cover, plenty here to be making a song and dance about,
rather than having to think about Xxxx…present buying,
unless a copy of the magazine of course, could be Contained,
Alison Chisholm claims, while Jenny Hockey makes the case more strongly:
Why not end your days withoubecause you and Bobbie Sparrow both,
could be awaiting The quiet intercession of Eros,
or savouring the sound of Noctilucence with Noel Williams.
Isn’t that The key (John Brooke)?
Craig Dobson tells us all about Water’s Way,
but the way we do things at Orbis is to ensure
that you continue enjoying the magazine.

Featured Poet

Anna Wigley:The Mysterious and Devastating Library Disease;
The Last Soirée

Poems from:Geoffrey Godbert: The Deaths of Little Things;
Alice Merry: Like one of my skeletons;
Stuart Nunn
: Fugitive dishes of the world #7;
Juliet Wilson
: The Animals Decide to Become Invisible

Prose from: Cristina Haraba: Blindness; David Olsen: Frau Bieber’s Confession;
Rosa Thomas: Dancing Girl

Translation: Pablo Vieytes: Words;
Manu Mangattu:Yuan Hongri:The Song of the UniverseThy Song;
Neither Day nor Night
in the Kingdom of Heaven

Past Master: Stuart Nunn on Alexander Pope

Reviews: Maria Isakova Bennett, Philip Dunkerley, David Harmer,
D. A. Prince, David Troman
and Noel Williams

Orbis 177 contributors also include:

Christopher Allan; James Aitchison; Anne Banks; Stephen Bett;
Jo Burns; Mark Czanik; Adele Fraser; David Harmer; Richard Hughes;
David Lloyd; Michael Loveday; Eamonn Lynskey; James McKee;
Olha Matso; Kathy Miles; Anita Ouellette; Ali Pardoe; Sari Pauloma;
Fred Pollack; Neil Reeder; Marilyn Ricci; Marg Roberts; Davide Trame;
Jay Whittaker; Helen Whitten; Nicky Winder


Orbis176, Summer

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Front cover artwork: ‘Horizon’ by Peter Leslie Wilks
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Still waiting for the sunshine? Maybe this issue will brighten things up
with Helen Ashley and some Borrowed Light, whether you join
Grahaeme Barrasford Young, Playing, Lorna Sherry up in Edinburgh,
Nicki Griffin, In CarnadoeWaters, or go with Juli Jana on a Bus Ride
Further still: Alec Taylor’s Space Ilimad. And humming along to
Lara’s Theme (John Arnold), you could enjoy Miraculous Kashgar,
a Story told by Li Suo and Liang Yujing, and Watching The Invisible Man
with Patrick Deeley. But fine weather or not, unlike Hilaire, (I make no) Apology,
because to experience anything fully,as Bibhu Padhi tells us,
what’s needed is: Touch, Taste, and Time
all of which you can have with Orbis

Featured Poet

Peter De Ville:
Amoxy and Metro face the Dragon; The Blue Scarf; Protest and Intervention

Poems from: Daniel Roy Connelly: Austerity drives;
Katherine Crocker: Nakwetikyawa’s Well;
Alex Josephy: Misericordia:
Mary O’Donnell: On Reading My Mother’s Sorrow Diary;
Terry Trowbridge: The Raven Puppet; Patricia Walsh: Bruscar

Prose from: Phil Dunkerley: As Red as Rubies;
Oz Hardwick: The Drifter’s Song;
Val Williamson: Escapement

Past Master: Sean Howard on Charles Sorley

Reviews: Maria Isakova Bennett, Philip Dunkerley, David Harmer,
D. A. Prince, 
David Troman and Noel Williams

Orbis 176 contributors also include:

Gary Beck; Jane Blanchard; C M Buckland; Lucinda Carey;
Jim Conwell; 
Stella Davis; Judith Dimond; Frances Galleymore;
Chris Hardy; Ashleigh John; 
Gloria Keeley; Richard Livermore;
Tim Love; Terry Quinn; Chelsea Ruxer;
Caroline Smith; Jean Taylor; F. J. Williams


Orbis 175, Spring

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Front cover artwork: ‘White lacy April in Sussex’ by Gill Bustamante
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Can we tempt you, since Di de Woolfson
is providing a Lure, to accompany us, and Sheri Vandermolen, on Holi Days,
or perhaps observe St. Kevin and the Otter with Mark D. Hart.
Or how about a visit, indeed, a visitation, from David J. Costello’s Angel,
although that may lead to States of emergency, Michael Bartholomew-Biggs,
warns us, in which case, like Anne Rees, you’ll be thinking:
May the Force be with you. But you could take refuge with Luke Palmer,
In the house of lying-in, where Kevin Griffiths is getting Next to the Skin,
because, as Neil McCarthy says, it’s Something of a sign
you do not want to be missing out on this issue.
And then find out from Sean Heslin, maybe, the result of A Courtroom Drama

Featured Poet: 
Jane Spiro: Painting eggs; Half, Whole

Poems from: Terence Brick: Ballade des Dames de Temps Jadis;
Susi Clare
George Moore: Natural Order n the Hands of Thomas Aquinas;
Andrew Pidoux
:The Grammar of the Garden; J. Twm: Fire of The Gods;
Kelley Jean White
: Women Who Refuse to Wear High Heels

Prose from: Kimmy Beach: Nuala: a Fable; Jane Spiro: Special Delivery

Translation: (Latin): Martin Lyon: To Wallace Batchelor, Librarian, on his Retirement

Past Master: Peter De Ville on Sidney Royse Lysaght

Reviews by: Maria Isakova Bennett, Ross Cogan, Angelina d’Roza,
David Harmer, Jennifer A. McGowan, Clairr O’Connor,
D.A. Prince, Andrew Taylor
and Lynne Taylor

Orbis 175 contributors also include:

Ruth Arnison; Prue.Chamberlayne; Kathryn Daszkiewicz; Richard Halperin;
Jenny Hill; V. B. Irons; Tom Kelly; Jenny King; Simon Leonard;
Caroline Maldonado; Lindy Newns; William Oxley; Cedric Picken;
Anne Rees; Roger G. Singer; Sue Spiers;
Rosamund Taylor; Peter Viggers; Lyn White; Howard Wright




Orbis 174, Winter

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Front cover artwork: ‘Contemplation’ byChristopher Langley;
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The light is brightening, finally, dawning you could say, with much to contemplate. For example,
Richard Toovey and Thirty-Six-Immortal-Poets-Japanese-Asian-Culture-/360314130089 pt=Art
But keep a very close watch on Colin Sutherill’s Snake Eyes
when accompanying Andy Hickmott andZoology 101. Instead, you could head for the coast
to watch Carolyn Oulton watching the Ebb-Tide, or join Beth Somerford
at Ditchling Beacon, steering clear of The Hound of the Baskervilles (Will Kemp)
and David Greenslade’s Wicker Basket Tank if it comes at you, maybe After a minor medical hiatus
(Elizabeth Birchall)… So, back where we started, and Antony Mair is Thinking of Shelley in the Winter Gales,
John Vickers
pondering The white shadow, while Paul Connolly considers the Night and Stars
Indisputable Truth
(Bogusia Wardein), that’s what you are mostly going to find in this issue –
though maybe best take it easy with Jenny Hamlett and The Enchanted Cakes at Capenhurst

Featured Poet

Michael Coy: Ambrose Clues-Up Augustine; Hitler’s Watercolours

Poems from: Roger Caldwell: John Steed in retirement remembers Mrs Peel;
Jane Housto
n: Piddocks; Eve Jackson: It isn’t easy being sea;
Jules Whiting
: Tucked Between the Pages of a Wordless Glance; Jeremy Young: Metamorphosis

Prose from: Michael Coy: McBurney’s Urn; Jilly Funnell; Dinner Date;
Laura Solomon (with Kya Solomon, Zoe Solomon and Nadia Smith): Castle

Translation: David Ball: François Migeot: Faces

Past Master: Jean O’Brien on Dora Sigerson Shorter

Reviews by David Harmer, Jennifer A. McGowan, Clairr O’Connor, D. A. Prince,
Lynne Taylor, David Troman and Noel Williams

Orbis 174 contributors also include:

Arthur Broomfield, Shane Doheny, Julie Lumsden, Achilleas Katsaros,
Rupert M Loydell, Katherine Noone, Ann Osbourn, Rob Packer,
Donna Pucciani, Adam Rooke, Alexandra Sashe,
K.V. Skene, Sheila Spence, Jean Stevens, Marc Swan, Frank Wood

Orbis 173, Autumn 2015OutsideCover173

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Front cover artwork:
‘Night wolf’ by
Lolita Parekh;
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But you’re all right now… as the old joke goes.

And so is Linda Benninghof,
Gas, food, lodging, Patricia Griffin,
despite having to battle

The Wind from the West,and
Pat Farrington,
back From the Underworld.
There, she may well have encountered
That Man (Breda Spaight),
Pete Langley’s Airside Bagatelle Lady
or The Cern Archivist (Julian Turner).
No wonder
Sharon Black enquires Are My God So Different From Yours?
And thank goodness
Maurice Devitt provides a Beginner’s Guide to Escapology.
But if you do go
Astray with Clifton Redmond,
or end up feeling a bit
Lost, like Patrick Moran,
at least you’ll find something good to read in here, all 96 pages of it.
Although of course, as they always say,
Lavinia Kumar points out, It’s Not the Size


Featured Poet: Belinda Rule: Lust; Siren; Letters home

Poems from Chaun Ballard: Phrase Not Found in Search Engine; Simon Fletcher:Yüan; Samuel Prince: Drowned Doll by the Herons;
Catherine Rockwood:
Landtschip: Belmont; Jane Seabourne: Now I Can Make Scones; Charles Wilkinson:The Comedian’s Seabed 

Prose from Jennifer McGowan: How Blackthorn Came to Be;
Anna Geraldine Paret:
If Wishes Were Fishes; Paul Saville: Rajasthan

Article: Venice by Frances Sackett

Past Master: Peter Butler on Robert Bloomfield

Reviews by Ross Cogan, Angelina D’Roza, David Harmer,
D. A. Prince, Lynne Taylor, David Troman
and Noel Williams

Orbis 173 contributors also include:

William Alderson; Tara Ballard; Denise Bennett; David Burridge; Keith Chandler;
Scott Elder; Jonathan Greenhause; Pauline Hawkesworth; Claire Louise Hunt;
Patricia Leighton; James B. Nicola; Ilse Pedler; Tanya.Prudente; Jimmy Rodda



Orbis 172, Summer 2015

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Front cover artwork:
‘Heart Angel’ by Garry White;

back cover, detail from image:


Summertime –
that usually means something like
The Zoo in the rain (Brian Daldorph),
and sadly,
it does appear to be raining cats and dogs
Letters and After They Have Gone
by Richard Dinges Jr,
you may prefer Tariq Latif’s view of Dawn by Victoria Parade.
Wondering what a Souvenir of Lowestoft means to Peter Wallis,
or Zen Romance: Reflections, to Michelle R. Disler?
And what would happen if Sheila Wild’s Cassowary at the Court of Louis XIV
got a Foothold (Susan Rouchard)? Well, you can learn about Naming from
Maggie Butt and Tooth Wisdom from Andrew Pollard,
and look forward to many a happy, fairytale ending.
Or maybe not, because according to Yuko Minamikawa Adams –
Mickey Has Chopped off Dumbo’s Left Ear

Featured Poet
: Owain Lewis,
Note to an unknown person; Passing Place; The Lost Connection

Poems from Allen Ashley, Jesus is on the Internet;
John Casson, I feed on insects;Dawn Gorman,The Looker;
Jodie Hollander
, Tomodachi

Brenda Bea Hutchings, For All The Princesses;
Antony Johae, Writing on the Wall;
Chris Raetschus, RevengeJ.S.Watts,Target Setting


Laura Chalar: Fernando Pessoa, A Sonnet Already Old

Peter Boyle and Raymond Farina, NOTES FOR A GHOST: A fanciful portrait

Past Master: Chris Raetschus on Constantine P. Cavafy

Article: Simon Fletcher interviewed by Neil Leadbeater

Maria Isakova Bennett, Angelina D’Roza, David Harmer,
Jennifer A. McGowan, Clairr O’Connor, D.A. Prince,
Andrew Taylor, David Troman
and Noel Williams

Orbis 172 contributors also include:

Veronica Beedham; John Casson; David Crann; John Dixon; Lee Nash;
Jocelyn Page; 
John Perrault; Peter Phillips; Zara Raab;
Gerard Smyth; Angela Topping; Phil Walsh



Orbis171, Spring 2015

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Front cover artwork: ‘Birds’ by Tammy Ruggles;
back cover, detail from image:

If there’s one thing we’ve got plenty of, it’s Stories (Bibhu Padhi),
sometimes artful, like The Yellow Cow by Jennie Osborne,
sometimes dark and mysterious, with David Banks Exorcising Gehenna,
or Geraldine Clarkson’s After-woodsand often both,
when you join Robin Thomas and Edward In The Garden.
You’re off on A Strange Journey, as Kathy Miles will tell you.
Spend a Moment with Roxy Dunn, enjoy Michael Henry’s Nocturne in Biarritz,
play Rock, Paper, Scissors with Richard Williams, or discoverKimmeridge, courtesy of Khadija Rouf.
Yes, follow E. Kristin Anderson’s instructions: “A Nearby Fence, Pull” –
then all will be revealed…

Featured Poet: Bethany Pope
Hanging, Among the Oranges; My Mother, Masking; A Taint in the Blood

Poems from: Jean Atkin: Itsuarpok;


Cathy Whittaker, Waiting; Alan Zhukovski, The End of Oblivion

Prose from: Julie Maclean, Animal Rites; Don Mulcahy, Back There;
Bethany Pope, Teamwork; John Short, Nobody Talks Anymore

Translation: Judith Wilkinson: Menno Wigman, Herostratos; Stramien
(with support from the Dutch Foundation for Literature)

Past Master: Helen Ashley on Matthew Arnold

Article: Orbis: Genesis and Exodus by founder Robin Gregory

Reviews: Angelina Ayers, Maria Isakova Bennett, Ross Cogan,
David Harmer, Jennifer A. McGowan, D.A.Prince,
Andrew Taylor, David Troman
and Noel Williams

Orbis 171 contributors also include:

E. Kristin Anderson; Anne Banks; David Banks; Fred Beake;

Geraldine Clarkson; Monica Corish; Dagmar Drabent; Roxy Dunn;

Nausheen Eusuf; David Harmer; Michael Henry; Jenny Hockey;

Kathleen Kummer; Simon Lewis; G. P. Manuell; Kathy Miles;

Caroline Natzler; Jennie Osborne; Bibhu Padhi;

Jeff Phelps; Khadija Rouf; Gerry Stewart; Ginny Sullivan; Declan Sweeny;

Robin Thomas; Olivia Walwyn; Richard Williams; Jim C. Wilson





Orbis170, Winter 2014

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Front cover artwork: ‘Church Street’ by Steve Williams;
back cover, detail from image:

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




Orbis 169

Front cover artwork: ‘When The Forest Calls‘ byTheresa Tahara;
back cover, detail from image:

Featured Poet
Maureen HillBering; Anna Christina; Glass; Bertha – Mrs Rochester

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

Prose from: Gail DendyBreath’s Journey; Ayelet McKenzieBroken Surfaces;
Luke MurphyThe Glass Cage

Translation: Michael SwanPetrarcha Canzoniere 272

Past Master: Dave Troman on Edgar Allan Poe

Article: Enda Coyle-GreeneOne 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 


November 30
@ Vanda ‘n’ Linda’s Write Space Short Story Competition
Theme: ‘Secrets or Lies’


Songs for the End of the World

November 1



Yes, that title certainly does what it says on the can but as for Philip K Dick colliding/colluding with Ziggy Stardust – not so much. K, as in Kindred, incidentally, which is news to me, but the band are clearly kindred spirits, as you will see. Or rather, hear.

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October 31 – November 4


Storeyhouse, Chester

Touring – forever, probably


Ok, never a huge fan of Monty Python (except for the sublime ‘Spanish Inquisition’ sketch – bet you weren’t expecting that…), and to be honest, for some strange reason, thought I was going to see Life of Brian. Goodness knows why since this show has been doing the rounds for some time now.

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30 NovemberInktears

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FishNew Image

November 30

Fish Short Story Prize

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