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.

The Dark Hill Speaks

Iris Anne Lewis has been awarded 1st prize in the Gloucestershire Poetry Society competition for her poem The Dark Hill Speaks.

Judge Belinda Rimmer said of the poem: ‘As the title implies, this poem delves below the surface of things. There’s a strong connectedness between the different elements of art, poetry and landscape. They inform each other beautifully, darkly. I enjoyed the shape of the poem, reflecting perhaps the uniformity of ceramic pots. The poem was unsettling, elusive, and invited multiple readings. It rose slowly to the top, carrying me through to the last poignant line.’ 

The Dark Hill Speaks was inspired by Graham Sutherland’s painting Dark Hill, and will be published in the inaugural issue of ‘Steel Jackdaw’ later this year.