Dark Confessions

Sophie Livingston is celebrating the publication of two of her poems in Black Bough Poetry’s Covid anthology ‘Dark Confessions’. Black Bough publishes short, image-based micro-poems and the follow-up anthology, ‘Freedom and Rapture’ will be published later this year. To find out more about Black Bough click here, or follow them on Twitter @blackboughpoems. Dark Confessions is available on Amazon here .

Erbacce prize

Many congratulations to Frank McMahon whose poetry was picked from a total entry field of over 12,500 to make the final 100 in the Erbacce poetry competition. The Erbacce Press is based in Liverpool and the annual competition attracts entries from all over the world. Frank’s work was highly commended and his poems will be published in Journal 68 of Erbacce.

To find out more about Erbacce-Press click here.

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.