Featured Poet

Iris Anne Lewis is the featured poet for November on the Black Bough Poetry website https://www.blackboughpoetry.com/iris-anne-lewis. As well as some background information about iris, you can read a sample of her work and listen to her reading a couple of her poems.
Black Bough Poetry publish micro-poems from across the world. Only the most compressed, the most pristine, the most vivid, make the cut. As well as enjoying Iris’s poetry, whilst you are on the website,  why not look at some of the other poets showcased in Black Bough’s  Silver Branch series or take the opportunity to read previous issues of the magazine.


On behalf of Black Bough Poetry Iris Anne Lewis will be hosting #TopTweetTuesday on October 27th. #TopTweetTuesday is a great way for poets to share a poem with a supportive community and receive positive feedback from the host and other writers. So next Tuesday log on to Twitter and post a poem marked @blackboughpoems @IrisAnneLewis #TopTweetTuesday. If you prefer just to read a great range of poems, just follow the hashtag #TopTweetTuesday and enjoy.


Ringed and Tracked

Frank McMahon’s poem ‘Ringed and Tracked’ has just been published in issue 30 of the Riggwelter Press.

The poem contrasts the lives of a bird, which is ringed for research purposes and a man, electronically tagged as part of a community sentence.Riggwelter is a journal of creative arts founded by Jonathan Kinsman in 2017. It releases an issue once a month, containing poetry, short , visual art and experimental media. Riggwelter also releases reviews and essays on an as and when basis. In 2018 and 2019, it was shortlisted for a Saboteur Award for Best Magazine.

To read ‘Ringed and Tracked’ follow this link.

Shout Out for New Members


Looking to join an established, lively and successful group?

The members of Somewhere Else have grown as individual writers through sharing our work and offering/receiving constructive feedback; creative exercises; joint projects like plays, radio programmes, guest speakers and being open to new ideas.

We meet weekly, also hold meetings using ZOOM and work within COVID guidelines.

So, if this is what you are looking for, then send us an email  via our contacts page, and we will be in touch to arrange a meeting/discussion.

Frank McMahon, Chair, SEWG.

More Poetry Success

The group struck poetry gold in the Gloucestershire Poetry Society Competition with two of Frank McMahon’s poems ‘ Panopticon’ and ‘Why?’ being shortlisted, in addition to Iris Anne Lewis’s first prize place.

The Gloucestershire Poetry Society boasts national and international poets in its ranks but everyone is welcome, whether you have been writing for 10 months, 10 years, or a lifetime.

Amongst other activities, it co-ordinates open mic nights, workshops, and an annual poetry festival.To find out more go to their site here.