Steel Jackdaw

Frank McMahon’s poem ‘Lock and Key’ will be published in Edition 2 of Steel Jackdaw Magazine, due out on the 26th of April as an eBook. The poem was initially inspired by seeing padlocks in Bristol. Frank says: ‘This then led me into an area of musing about the impulse of first love, how relationships flourish ( or not ), how they cope with life’s challenges and, I suppose, the nature of love itself and how that changes over time. My first version was too short and not engaging at all. In rewriting it, I also played with the words lock and key and span out some variations. I was nervous about sending such a long poem and really delighted it has been accepted.’

Frosted Fire Firsts Poetry Pamphlet Competition


Iris Anne Lewis is delighted to have been highly commended  for her pamphlet Times Thread in this prestigious competition run by Frosted Fire, the publisher for Cheltenham Poetry Festival. 
On May 1st Cheltenham Poetry Festival is hosting an online event to celebrate the poetic talent discovered through the competition. Iris will be reading one of her poems at this event along with the other prizewinning, highly commended and commended poets at the event.
In attendance will be the competition judges, Angela France, David Lukens, and Lee Potts who will each share a little of their poetry, and comment on the wealth of good poetry in the competition entries.
The event takes place on Zoom on May 1st at 7pm. Tickets are free and may be booked at this link https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/whats-on/online/online/2021-frosted-fire-firsts-contest-leading-poets-readings/2021-05-01/19:00/t-dzoroa

Frank McMahon has been invited to read at this year’s Cheltenham poetry Festival.The invitation came from the poet and Festival Organiser, Anna Saunders, following work he had done with her on some of his poetry. He is delighted and honoured to be reading at such a prestigious event.The reading will be on-line on July 19th at 7pm. Tickets are available via the festival website: www.cheltenhampoetryfestival.co.uk.” 

Poetry Society Results Announced

More success for Somewhere Else Writers in the most recent competition run by the Gloucestershire Poetry Society. Iris Anne Lewis won third place for her poem ‘Foxfire’, which was based on a Sami legend on the origin of the Northern Lights. Frank McMahon’s poem ‘Citrus’ received an honourable mention.

‘Foxfire’ will be published in the online magazine ‘The Steel Jackdaw’ later this year.

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