Harebushes Wood

Poem of the Month for March is ‘Harebushes Wood’ by Clare Finnimore.The poem was highly commended in the annual Gloucestershire Writers’ Network Competition 2020, and published in the competition anthology. It is featured in March’s Cirencester Scene along with a profile of Clare and her work. To read it on this site, go to the navigation bar and click the ‘Poem of the Month’ tab.

The Improbable Book Cafe is Open

The Improbable Book Cafe is open for business – serving short stories to brighten your day.

It’s the brainchild of  Somewhere Else member Sophie Livingston who wanted to create somewhere people could go to listen to stories over a cup of coffee.

She said: ‘One of my stories was serialised on Radio Wiltshire and the presenter asked me where people could go to listen to others. I realised I had nowhere to send them. The lockdown has given me time to build this site together with my sister Alice. At the moment, the stories are romantic or comic because I think we all need cheering up – but the idea is that we will build up a library that will suit all tastes.’

Members of the group have stepped in to help with the recording. Each story is divided into five or ten-minute episodes. If you prefer a longer listen, the whole story is also available as a recording on the site or as a downloadable podcast. It’s free to listen and to subscribe if you want to be alerted when new stories appear.

The Improbable Book Cafe can be visited by clicking here

Going Up Camborne Hill is Published


Selwyn Morgan’s wonderful debut novel ‘Going Up Camborne Hill’ is now available on Amazon. It was inspired by a visit to a cemetery in Virginia City, Nevada, an old gold mining town, and has been a labour of love for the Kemble-based writer. The result is a book that spans centuries and continents.

It follows a Cornish mining family’s fortunes from their first experience of Richard Trevithick’s historic, passenger-carrying steam engine at the Camborne Christmas fair in 1801 through to the Second World War.

Selwyn said: ‘I noticed that many of the Nevada cemetery graves were of Cornish tin miners. I’d been researching my ancestry and discovered my middle name ‘Berryman’ was Cornish in origin.

‘The thought struck me; some of the graves in the cemetery could be those of my relations. How did they get there? And how had the different strands of my Cornish family made their way to the present day?’

The novel ingeniously weaves together the lives and loves of one family with the technological and economic changes that impacted entire industries and communities. Extracts – and a chance to win a free copy – are featured in February’s Cirencester Scene. You can also try a taster chapter under ‘Story of the Month’ on this site.

The novel is available to buy here.


Pushcart Prize

2020 finished on a high note for Iris Anne Lewis when she heard that she had been nominated by Black Bough Poetry for the Pushcart Prize for her poem Swan Song in the Geissenklösterle Cave.
The Pushcart Prize is an American literary prize published by Pushcart Press that honours the best “poetry, short fiction, essays or literary whatnot”[1] published in the small presses over the previous year. Magazine and small book press editors are invited to submit up to six works they have featured from which the final selection is made.  Anthologies of the selected works have been published annually since 1976. The initiative is supported and staffed by volunteers.
Published as part of Black Bough’s Silver Branch series where Iris was the featured poet for November 2020, you can read her poem along with a section of her other works at https://www.blackboughpoetry.com/iris-anne-lewis

The High Window

Iris Anne Lewis is delighted to have three poems published in the Winter 2020 edition of The High Window. This well regarded quarterly online magazine publishes work in English by new and established poets from the UK and around the world. Alongside a lively and eclectic mix of poetry, each new issue contains a literary essay, a selection of poems in translation, poetry reviews and occasional features. 

Iris’s poems (Autumn MigrationNovember and Carol) all have a seasonal theme. You can read them by clicking https://thehighwindowpress.com/category/poetry/, then click on Iris’s name in the list of poets. Or if you want to enjoy a feast of poetry, why not read through the whole issue.

Three poems by Frank McMahon are to be published in a Covid-inspired anthology of poetry and prose by Palewell Press. Frank said ‘Can you hear the people sing?’ brings together voices from around the world, tragic, worried, resilient, humorous, poetic, reflective. They all give evidence of the shared humanity which is helping us to survive and keep going.’ You can find out more about Palewell Press and order a copy of the anthology here.