August 2019

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August 21-26

The Cynthia Lennon Story

Hope Street Theatre


This girl was a fascinating, intelligent, beautiful woman, a talented artist who happened to be married to John Lennon – if ever a person could be said to ‘live in interesting times’ as the alleged Chinese curse has it, it was Cynthia Lennon.

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We like to do what it says on the can, or rather, the cover,
so contents always range far and wide, in time as well as space,
and of course, from contributors all over the world. OK, maybe
it’s just a Meeting in an Upstairs Room, with Vivienne Hanna-Artt,
Will Daunt welcomes you to dear old England, and times gone by,
Adlestrop,  and you can go back to Thira 
with Wendy Goulstone,
aim for The Starry Outer Paradise with Yuan Hongri
by Manu Mangattu). Eamonn Lynskey takes you Walking
on the Via Vittoria Colonna, Rome
but you’d be surprised where
Andrew Curtis is headed in Bang to time; maybe even more so
when Sheila Aldous reveals The Secret of Breathing. Indeed, lean in to
Kevin Griffin, 
because he’s talking Sotto Voce, revealing perhaps that
Royston Tester 
is Still in love with the bass player,
the truth about Odin and the Caterpillar
from Warren Mortimer
and what Stuart Pickford’s up to in Big Nose and Fat Man.
So, like Cat Campbell, do you know what you Want?
In the end, let Taylor Strickland
show you: @RestAndBeThankful,
there’s plenty to enjoy in

Featured Poet
Gareth Roberts (Tidelands; Weeping from the King’s Wood…;
When the words are leaving)

Poems from: Lynn Foote (Veulettes-sur-Mer); Maggie Reed (Wonderful Clowns);
K. V. Skene 
(Moonsplaining the man); Anthony Watts (Ozymandias in the Wood)

Prose from: Desiree Kendrick (Don’t Hate Me);
Lani O’Hanlon (So bright and tender); Charles Osborne (Line 13)

Translation: Pablo Dubois (Espiga: The Ear Of Wheat);
Yvonne Reddick (Firesetter;
into German, by Jutta Kaussen;
into Hungarian, by Júlia Lázár)

Past Master: Benjamin Keatinge on Konstantin Miladinov

Reviews: Maria Isakova Bennett, David Harmer, Jenny Hockey, Afric McGlinchey,
Clairr O’Connor, D. A. Prince, Andrew Taylor
and Noel Williams

Orbis 188 Contributors also include

Sheila Aldous; Cat Campbell; Andrew Curtis; Will Daunt;
Maggie Davison; Miranda Day; Linda Ford; Wendy Goulstone;
Kevin Griffin; Vivienne Hanna-Artt; Alice Harrison;
Paul Jeffcutt;
L. B. Jørgensen; Lavinia Kumar; S. W. Layzell; Chris Luck;
Eamonn Lynskey; Nancy Anne Miller; Warren Mortimer;
Robert Nisbet; 
Katherine Noone; Gabrielle O’Donovan;
Stuart Pickford; Theresa Sowerby; 
Taylor Strickland;
Royston Tester; Robin Thomas; Hongri Yuan



2019 Manchester Writing Competition

Deadline for entries: 20th September 2019


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Undercurrents invite entries: Aber Valley Arts
Festival: October 13 – 19
Theme – ‘Discovery’
Entry Fee: £3; 2 for £5. Maximum length: 48 Lines; 3500 words
Prize Money: Poetry: £75; £50; £25
Short stories: £100 £50 £30
Closing Date: Saturday 14th September, 2019
No need for an entry form,
but author’s name and contact details on a separate page to poems please
Send to: Undercurrents, Aber Valley, 15 Graig y Fedw, ABERTRIDWR, Caerffili CF83 4AQ

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September 30
Flash Fiction; Short Story; Novel

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September 16
Women’s Poetry & Pamphlets Competition 2019
Presented by Mslexia and the Poetry Book Society

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September 15
Danny Pyle Memorial Competition
Humorous poem in any recognised format, no more than 35 lines.
1st Prize: £100; 2nd Prize: £50
Fee: £5; £10/5
Judge: Brenda Hutchings
6 The Mount, Higher Furzeham, Brixham, Devon TQ5 8QY

The Biographers’ Club Tony Lothian Prize 2019
Deadline: Thursday, August 30


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Dempsey & Windle Publishing

Deadline:14th September 2019

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Actress Joanna Scanlan encourages people to get creative to improve their mental wellbeing

Launching The Advocacy Project’s Healing Words poetry competition, Joanna speaks out about how writing helped her deal with depression and acute anxiety.

London, July 2019

TV’s dark comedy queen Joanna Scanlan (The Thick of It; No Offence) is no stranger to mental health problems. At a time when one in four of us will suffer with mental health issues,

she is using her experience, of improving her own mental wellbeing through writing,

to encourage others to get creative by taking part in The Advocacy Project’s Healing Words poetry competition this summer.

Launched at the beginning of July, it invites asks anyone who has experienced mental health problems, and their friends and families, to enter a poem into one of five categories,

The competition closes on 8th September, 5pm.

The Advocacy Project’s Chief Executive Judith Davey says,

There’s now increasing evidence to show how creativity is beneficial to our physical and mental wellbeing.
It can help us feel more able to cope with stress, build a sense of confidence and self-identity, and find meaning in the world around us.
Our poetry competition will chart the journey to recovery from the darkest days of mental illness to the point of recovery – and all stages in between. Significantly, it will celebrate the value of creative activities in the recovery process as a way of engaging the imagination, reminding people of their capabilities and value, and building a sense of identity and social worth.”

About the Healing Words poetry competition

An annual competition, reaching out to people who have mental health problems (or have recovered from mental health problems),
their friends, family and carers to raise awareness of these issues.

We’re inviting people of all ages to submit a poem (shorter than 25 lines) in one of the following five categories: 

  • Darkest days

  • Good days & bad days

  • Being well

  • Illustrated poems

  • Spoken poems

The competition culminates with an exhibition and awards ceremony in early October, on and around National Poetry Day (3 October). The exhibition, held in central London, will showcase the competition entries to the general public.


More Information


Twitter @TAPadvocacy #HealingWords2019

Or please contact Jo Kay on 07984 353 961;