June 2022

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April 26, Liverpool Playhouse

Reviewed for Writebase: https://writebase.co.uk/



A magical and meaningful production which draws out so many parallels with life today, 80 years on, there are nearly as many lines as those spoken by the excellent cast. In other words, so many lessons to be learned in this iconic tale of animals taking over. Near as damnit, the lunatics running the asylum, with their delusional ideas and grandiose so-called victories.

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Fascinating Aîda

Floral Pavilion, New Brighton

February 1, reviewed for Writebase: https://writebase.co.uk/



Who says women of a certain age are invisible? Three cheers for the ever glamorous, and indeed, downright sexy (not sure I’m permitted to say that, but damn sure they wouldn’t object) Fascinating Aîda, who not only make their presence felt but are so in your face you can see the whites of their eyes as the sweetest of harmonies deliver vitriol in the sharpest of points; a fabled, and fabulous, iron fist in a velvet glove. And you needn’t think the audience is full of, shall we say, women in their prime either because

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Poetry on the Lake International Poetry Competition 2022

Deadline: 30th June 2022



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June 30
For book-length work



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199, Spring 2022

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Associate Editor (Book Reviews): Maria Isakova Bennett
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Reviews by Philip Dunkerley; David Harmer; Jenny Hockey; D.A. Prince;
Pauline Rowe; Theresa Sowerby; Andrew Taylor; Lynne Taylor

Front cover artwork: ‘Speyside Blooms‘ by Jonathan Wheeler
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I’m sure you’ll agree with Mary Maher: there’s something Special
about this time of year. And although we may not, as
C. M. Buckland does,
Advice, poetry is full of useful ideas, and interesting tales:
would you like to know who are
Our Betters? Ask David Dumouriez.
The Seven Sisters Bracelet? Carmel Summers can tell you, or why is Noel King
telling us that Everybody Has A Swan Poem, So Why Can’t I? Maybe you could,
in the nicest possible way of course, get
Lost with Nick Conrad, in which case,
Next Stop, with Tim Dwyer, could be to check R. A. Allen’s File Footage.
Yes, Spring
Orbis is stuffed full of good things, for example, The Taxidermist
Verity Oswin. After all, like Clifford Liles, all readers will appreciate
A Subtle Tell of Stones
and that’s in every issue


Featured Poet Ciaran Buckley: Hammer Notes; Thursday; Homer, even; A Joke

Poems from: John Andrew (Revival);
Gareth Culshaw (The night an old gamekeeper visited);
Julian Dobson (In which the editor confesses to a typo);
Ayelet McKenzie (Expedition);
Martin Parker (Neighbours); Bill Richardson (The Changing Fall);
Helen Scadding (Gone granny)

Prose from: Patricia Leighton (Black Shadow Knocking);
Lindy Newns (Testimonial: II); Rob Walton (As if by magic)

Translation: Judith Wilkinson: Hanny Michaelis

Past Master: Peter Viggers, on Rainer Maria Rilke

Orbis 199 Contributors also include

Elaine Alarcontotten; Helen Ashley; Anne Banks; Charlie Baylis; Ed Blundell;
Jim Conwell; Bob Cooper; Christine Curtis; Peter Ebsworth; Jan FitzGerald;
Pam Gormally; Mary Hastilow; Derek Healy; Helen Heery; Martin Kerry;
Jean O’Brien; Caroline Smith; Sheila Spence; Claire Watson




French House Party

Creative Writing Course, Carcassonne, Southern France

June 20-26

Pen &Think: Tutored Retreat


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