June 2019

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July 12-14


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June 30
0 @ Words Magazine Competitions

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June 30
Poetry Space Competition 2019


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Penfro comp ad


Deadline: July 1
Penfro 2019 Writing Competitions
One for poetry, one for short stories, and one for radio writing
For full details, see website: penfrobookfestival.org.uk 


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Closing Date July 1



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Orbis 187 (Spring)£5 (Overseas: £11/€14/$16); Subs: £18/4 pa (Overseas: £40/€50/$60)

Front cover artwork: ‘World’s Away’ by Megan Duncanson
back cover, detail from image: http://www.madartdesigns.com

First, Ted Hughes, then Sylvia Plath (although some of you may want to argue
about that), in an article by 
Paul Stephenson.  
But Spring is here, somewhere,
although still chilly enough to snuggle up with 
Neil Beardmore,
In Bed, Writing Poetry About Hokusaias long as you don’t end up having nightmares
Annie Newcomer’s Ukraine. Much better to have A Dream To Dare,
Morgan Kenney, or to imagine being The God of Little Things (Faye Boland).
And does Louise WilfordWhen He Marched Back, have anything to do with
Rodney Wood’s ABC of the Royal Navy? Or, Tim Cunningham’s description of
Nostalgia Day In Paradise – even Alisa VelajAniara, Aniara
Or My Transcendence of Night? Back down to earth, sort of, let Claire Booker
tell you all about being 
Eyeless in Riyadh. Last, but by no means least, pay a visit to
Tim Dowley’s Life class. And if you fancy being transported to a classy life,
you know where to look. Right here:

Featured Poet Denise McSheehy: Seamless & Complete; Night Walk; Somewhere

Poems from: Marie LecrivainMy Amygdala Didn’t Get the Memo;
David LukensBeware The Smart Toaster; Marcus Pavard,
What We Worshippers Do Afterhours; Sue SpiersIn Silence; Richard Toovey,
There ought to be a word for it; Susan WicksNight Breathing

Prose from:Charlotte GringrasHappy Families;
Denise McSheehyWhiteJenna PlewesYellow

Translation: Laura ChalarPaisaje by Federico García Lorca

Past Master: Jonathan Cooper on Charlotte Mew

Reader’s Response: Philip Dunkerley

‘In Defence Of Humour:
Comedic effect in the poetry of Sylvia Plath': 
Paul Stephenson

Reviews: Maria Isakova Bennett, David Harmer, Jenny Hockey,
D. A. Prince, Lynne Taylor 
and Noel Williams

Orbis 187 Contributors also include

Fred Beake; Patricia Brody; Lucinda Carey; Victoria Gatehouse;
Jenny Hockey; 
Glenn Hubbard; Eve Jackson; Fred Johnstone;
Robert Keeler; Martin Kerry; Jenny King; 
Craig Kurtz; Hilary Mellon;
Tom Paine; Katherine Barrett Swett; Jules Whiting



June 28-30
Evesham Festival of Words

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June 17
Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year Competition 2019


Poems on any subject; 60 lines maximum
Entry fee £5 per poem Send to tina@canterburyfestival.co.uk
or Festival Office, 8 Orange Street, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2JA
First Prize £200, Second, £100, Third £50.
Plus Best Read Poem and the People’s Choice chosen at the Awards Evening.
October 4, at the Colyer-Fergusson Hall, University of Kent at Canterbury.
Full details, entry form and Terms and Conditions
will be on the Canterbury Festival website


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June 4-8

The Comedy About A Bank Robbery

Liverpool Empire

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


We wuz robbed – well,of course that’s how I’d like to start the review, but cannot deprive them of that last star, for sheer nerve, in both senses of the

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June 4-8


Liverpool Playhouse

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


Two farces on two successive evenings will soon get your head spinning, The busiest form of theatre, and I’ve turned to Google: ‘a comic dramatic

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