Our Authors: E – L

R. Gerry Fabian


 Wildflower Reunion 

R. Gerry Fabian is a retired English Instructor who has been publishing poetry since 1972. His novels: Memphis Masquerade, Getting Lucky and Seventh Sense are available at Smashwords and his first book of poetry, Parallels, is now in bookstores. His second book of poetry, Coming out of the Atlantic is forthcoming in 2019. Gerry is the editor of Raw Dog Press.His website is at:  



Eileen Farrelly


 Jam Tomorrow 

Eileen Farrelly has written poetry, intermittently, for most of her life. Although the subject matter varies widely, she is often inspired by the ordinary things that trigger long-forgotten memories. Her poems have recently appeared in Atrium, The Gladrag and Marble. She is also a musician and songwriter and can often be found singing for beer in various pubs around Glasgow.


alyson Faye


 Rooks’ Flight 

Alyson Faye lives in West Yorkshire with her family, including 3 rescue cats. She teaches creative writing classes and works part-time as an editor/proofreader. She is one of the writers in Women in Horror Annual 2 (2017); her stories can be downloaded atwww.alfiedog.com as well as being available in numerous ezines and on sites like Zeroflash, Tubeflash, 101 words, Three Drops from a Cauldron and (most often) at The Horror Tree.(www.horrortree.com). Her debut Flash collection, Badlands, from indie publisher Chapeltown Books is available to buy on amazon.



kathy finney


 Gilbert’s Garden 

Born in Blackpool in 1959 Kathy Finney is actively involved in preserving the local history and dialect voices of her native Lancashire. After raising three children she went back to school, completed an Access to Education course, gained a first-class honours degree in English from Winchester University in 2015 and Master of Arts, with merit, in Poetry & Creative Writing with the Open University in 2018. Kathy has now become a serial studier and lives by the motto, ‘you never know until you try.’

kate firth


Pole Star

Postcard from the Beara Peninsula

Fruity Competition

Crackington Haven on New Year’s Eve

The Yew Speaks on St Brigid’s Day

Strange Spring

Formerly an actress, Kate Firth is a voice coach based in Barcelona. She has had poems published in various anthologies and magazines. Passionate about poetry as an oral as well as written tradition, she has performed at Bristol, Cheltenham and Winchester poetry festivals.

Charlotte fong


City Dwellers


Charlotte Fong is training to become an English Teacher, whilst experimenting with writing poetry, flash fiction, and short stories. She has recently been long-listed for the Bath Flash Fiction Prize and had poetry featured in Young Ravens Literary Review. She lives in Lancaster, UK with her husband and enjoys frequent visits to explore the beautiful nature and scenery of the Lake District.  

duncan forbes


High Speed 2 Limited

 Cellar Dweller 

A Better Berry

Duncan Forbes’ poems have been published by Faber, Secker and Enitharmon, who brought out a Selected Poems, Lifelines, in 2009. It was drawn from five previous collections. Awards and prizes include a Gregory Award, TLS/Blackwells Prize, two Stephen Spender Times Translation Prizes and a Hawthornden Fellowship. A painter as well as a poet, he read English at Oxford and has taught for many years. Now retired, he lives in Gloucestershire.

imogen forster


 January Light


Imogen Forster lives in Edinburgh. She has an MA in Writing Poetry from Newcastle University and is a translator from French and Spanish.

Juliet Fossey


Climate migrant

Juliet Fossey is a poet who likes being outside, sketching, scribbling and walking. When not out in the great outdoors, she enjoys working on interdisciplinary projects that include music and art as well as poetry. Her writing process often involves cobbling bits of work together that may start with string or old bird nests which are gradually crafted into poems. You might find her lost on the Cumbria fell side staring at moss.

Maggie freeman


The Girl in the Valley

Maggie Freeman taught Creative Writing in Adult Community Learning in Essex until last year, when she moved to the edge of Epping Forest and decided to concentrate more on her own writing. Some of her short stories have been published in Stand and her poems in Acumen. She has written three historical novels which are due to be republished later this year by Sapere Books (www.saperebooks.com). She wrote this story after an enjoyable week at Moniack Mhor, the Scottish writing centre.

deborah freeman


 Waving in the Wind 

Deborah Freeman is a playwright, whose stage plays  – The Song of DeborahXanthippe, Candlesticks, Breakages and more – have been produced in several London fringe venues, and broadcast by BBC Radio Drama. She has published poetry in Poetry Review and other journals. A previous recipient of an Arts Council Theatre Writing Bursary, she is now writing a new play The Cottage, and awaiting a production in a London venue of RemediesPlays have been translated into German, Portuguese and Hebrew. Seventh Floor was published in Stand 2013.  By Madeleine Black appears in the current issue.

matthew james friday


The Frog

I Miss Making Maps

The Mandarin Duck

Matthew James Friday has had poems published in numerous international magazines and journals, including, recently: The Brasilia Review (Brazil), Dawntreader (UK), New Contrast (South Africa) and Poetry Salzburg (Austria). A mini-chapbook titled  All the Ways to Love was published by the Origami Poems Project (USA).




South Downs

Baker, Emily and Me

Claire Fuller writes a lot of flash fiction and short stories. She has won the BBC Opening Lines competition and the Royal Academy/Pin Drop Prize. Her novels Our Endless Numbered Days, Swimming Lessons and Bitter Orange are published by Penguin. 



lydia fulleylove


Night Walk on the Yar Estuary

Lydia Fulleylove lives on the Isle of Wight where her love of sea and landscape has provided a rich creative resource and inspiration for the combined arts projects she leads, including Estuary, Riverlines and Wild Places. Lydia’s first collection, Notes on Sea and Land was published by HappenStance Press in 2011. Her poem ‘Night Drive’ was shortlisted for the Forward Best Single Poem Prize in 2011. Her second collection Estuary, in collaboration with artist Colin Riches, was published by Two Ravens Press in 2014. Her writing has been included in a range of magazines and publications including Chalk Poets, (2016), Salt on the Coals, (Winchester Poetry Prize 2016), Earthlines and The Guardian.



raine geoghegan


they lit fires, moved in close

The Lungo Drom

A Memory of the Hop Fields  

Walking with the Wagons


Raine Geoghegan is a poet, prose writer, performer and performance coach living in Worcestershire. She is of Romany, Irish and Welsh descent. She is a Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net 2018, and a Forward Prize nominee  She has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Chichester. Her work has been published internationally both online and in print. Her first pamphlet Apple Water: Povel Panni was previewed at the Ledbury Poetry Festival in July 2018, alongside the film A Memory of the Hop Fields in which her poetry and songs were featured. Her latest book, they lit fires: lenti hatch o yog was published in December 2019. She gives readings in the UK, Wales and Ireland and teaches 
‘Poetry & Prose Performance Skills’.



rebecca gethin



 A charm


In the Siberian taiga


Rebecca Gethin lives on Dartmoor in Devon. In 2017 two pamphlets were published: A Sprig of Rowan by Three Drops Press and All the Time in the World by Cinnamon Press who published an earlier collection and two novels. She has been a Hawthornden Fellow. In 2018 she jointly won the Coast to Coast Pamphlet competition and has been awarded a writing residency at Brisons Veor.    



Chrissie Gittins


 You Mistake Yourself for an Allotment


Chrissie Gittins’ third poetry collection Sharp Hills was published by Indigo Dreams in 2019. She appeared with her fifth children’s poetry collection Adder, Bluebell, Lobster (Otter-Barry Books) on BBC Countryfile. Her second short story collection Between Here and Knitwear (Unthank Books) was shortlisted for the Saboteur Awards. She is a National Poetry Day Ambassador, and she features on the Poetry Archive and in the British Council Writers Directory.




mark goodwin


kingf   isher just

Mark Goodwin is a balancer, walker, climber, and stroller who speaks and writes in various ways in various places – on paper, online, blended with photos, to live audience, or through mixing his voice with field-recordings & soundscapes. Mark has published five full-length poetry collections & five chapbooks with Leafe Press’s Open House Editions, Longbarrow Press, Knives Forks & Spoons Press, Small Minded Books, Nine Arches Press, & Shearsman Books. Mark’s collection Steps (Longbarrow 2014) was a category finalist in the 2015 Banff Mountain Book Competition. His latest chapbook with Shearsman is All Space Away and In (June 2017). Another full-length collection, Rock as Gloss, which focuses on climbing and mountain navigation, is forthcoming with Longbarrow Press. Mark lives on a boat in Leicestershire.




linda goulden



At a year’s turn

Linda Goulden lives between a river and a canal at the edge of the dark Peak. Her poems have appeared in anthologies, magazines, online, in song and in woodland.





hugh greasley



 Tide Clock 

Hugh Greasley is a poet and a painter who uses landscapes as a means of exploring landscape, people and memory.  Explorations can be about such things as sunlight falling into a shed or the experience of visiting a wreck on a Cornish beach at night in the teeth of a gale.

Hugh also works as a visual artist, painting in oils and has had a scientific education, culminating in a degree in Chemical Engineering. He has published seven collections of poetry.



geraldine green


 At the Meeting Place

Stained Glass


Geraldine Green is a creative writing tutor, editor and poet, with three poetry collections (Indigo Dreams Publishing) and four chapbooks. Her work is widely anthologised in the UK and USA. July 2019 sees her return to the US for another ‘on the road’ poetry trip, reading at venues in New York and Oklahoma, including the Woody Guthrie Festival in his hometown of Okemah. In 2011 she gained a PhD in Creative Writing from Lancaster University. Geraldine is writer-in-residence at the Quaker Tapestry Museum, Kendal. She was born, and still lives, in Cumbria with her husband Geoff and their Border collie, Roy.

She blogs at Salt Road

Paul green


The Tern Warden’s beach-hut 

Paul Green lives on the edge of the Bowland Fells in Lancashire. He probably rolled down. His work has been published in various literary journals, most recently Orbisand Tears in the Fence. He has a background in nature conservation and a foreground in ecological poetry.

Annest gwilym


  City Foxes and She Waits  

Annest Gwilym lives in North West Wales, near the Snowdonia National Park. Her work has been published in various literary journals and anthologies, both online and in print. She has been placed in writing competitions in recent years, winning one. She is the editor of the webzine Nine Muses Poetry. Her first pamphlet of poetry –  Surfacing – was published by Lapwing Poetry in August 2018.

Robert hamberger


The Wood Near Brampton Ash 

Robert Hamberger’s poetry has been broadcast on Radio 4, featured on The Guardian Poem of the Week website and has appeared in British, American and Japanese anthologies and various magazines, including The Observer, The Spectator, New Statesman and Gay Times. He has been shortlisted for a Forward prize, awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship and published three collections Warpaint Angel (1997), The Smug Bridegroom (2002) and Torso (2007).


iris hanson


 Collection of Bones: The Whistling Cages

Iris Hanson, originally from Hampshire, is now a Cardiff-based musician. She is an avid plant-keeper, and loves to watch the weather change over the water.

 During lockdown, Iris planted the pips from a lemon and now has a grove of sixteen in her flat.

 ‘The Whistling Cages’ is Iris’ first published story.


Chris Hardy


War Paint

Chris has travelled widely and after many years in London now lives in Sussex. His poems have been published in Acumen, Agenda, Stand; Pennine Platform; Tears in the Fence; The Interpreter’s House; The North; The Rialto; Poetry Salzburg Review; Poetry Review; ink sweat and tears; the blue nib; the compass magazine and many other places.
He is in LiTTLe MACHiNe, performing their settings of poems at literary events in the UK and abroad. ‘The most brilliant music and poetry band in the world’ (Carol Ann Duffy).
His fourth collection, Sunshine At The End Of The World, was published by Indigo Dreams. Roger McGough said about the book, ‘A poet as well as a guitarist Chris consistently hits the right note, never hits a false note’ and Peter Kennedy, in London Grip says, ‘Chris writes vivid, expository poetry often heavy with portent and mystery. Each of these poems is as beautifully muscular and slippery as an eel’.



Lament for a Lost Hare

On moving sideways through Hampshire

Hilary Hares lives in Farnham, Surrey.  Over 200 of her poems have found homes online and in print including Acumen, Finished Creatures, Ink, Sweat & Tears, The Interpreter’s House, Magma, Stand and South. She has an MA in Poetry from MMU and her collection, A Butterfly Lands on the Moon sells in support of Winchester Muse.  She won the Christchurch Writers’ Competition 2013 and Write-By-The-Sea Competition 2018 and has recently been awarded second prize in the Cannon Poets’ 2022 Sonnet or Not Competition. Her latest pamphlet, Red Queen (Marble Poetry 2020), is available from her website: www.hilaryhares.com  Twitter: @HilaryHares


deborah harvey


 Brown dwarf star  

Deborah Harvey’s poems have been widely published in magazines and anthologies and broadcast on Radio 4’s Poetry Please. She has three poetry collections, Communion (2011), Map Reading for Beginners (2014), and Breadcrumbs(2016), all published by Indigo Dreams, while her historical novel, Dart, appeared under their Tamar Books imprint in 2013. Her fourth collection,  The Shadow Factory, will be published in 2019. Deborah is co-director of The Leaping Word poetry consultancy.



Ceinwen E. cariad haydon


In the gloaming

Ceinwen E. Cariad Haydon lives in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. She writes short stories and poetry. She has been published in web magazines and print anthologies. These include Fiction on the Web, Alliterati, Stepaway, Three Drops from the Cauldron, Snakeskin, Obsessed with Pipework, The Linnet’s Wing, Blue Nib, Picaroon, Amaryllis, Algebra of Owls, The Lake, Ink, Sweat and Tears, Riggwelter, Poetry Shed, Southbank Poetry, Smeuse, Bandit Fiction, Atrium, Marauder, Prole and The Curlew. She was Highly Commended in the Blue Nib Chapbook Competition [Spring 2018] and won the Hedgehog Press Poetry Competition ‘Songs to Learn and Sing’ [August 2018]. In 2017 she graduated with an MA in Creative Writing from Newcastle University.



judith heneghan


Cheesefoot Head 

Judith Heneghan writes fiction and nonfiction for children and adults. She teaches Creative Writing at the University of Winchester where she is also Director of the Winchester Writers’ Festival. Her favourite walk begins and ends at Cheesefoot Head



john herbert


A Point to it All 

John Herbert teaches and writes in Brighton. He was Highly Commended for the 2017 Brighton Prize and will appear in the Brighton Prize anthology this year. In 2018 his work has also appeared in DNA Magazine and The Forge Literary Magazine and is due to appear in the first print edition of The Nottingham Review in April. He has a PhD in modernist fiction and graduated from New Writing South’s Creative Writing Programme. When not scowling at cameras, he is writing a novel about surfing, travel and belonging from which this story is adapted.

 Twitter: @jherbertwriter



daily dose

Instructions for Fallow Times

 specifications for an orchard

park yourself here


Hilaire is co-author with Joolz Sparkes of London Undercurrents, published by Holland Park Press. She was poet-in-residence at Thrive Battersea in 2017, and has poems published in numerous magazines and in three anthologies from The Emma Press.

London Undercurrents blog:



Charlie Hill



Charlie Hill is a writer from Birmingham. He is the author of two critically acclaimed novels and a pamphlet-length collection of short stories. In 2016 he published a novella that was described by Nicholas Royle in his introduction to Best British Short Stories 2017 as: ‘an engrossing piece that…were the author French and his readers all French, might well have been regarded as a worthy late addition to the school of existentialist literature’.

 He can be contacted at: Charlie dot hill at hushmail dot com

georgia hilton


 East Stratton  


Georgia Hilton has been writing poetry since childhood and finds spending time in nature to be both an inspiration and a solace. Georgia’s debut poetry pamphlet, I went up the lane quite cheerful, was published in September 2018 by Dempsey and Windle Publishing, and she was the joint winner of the Brian Dempsey Memorial Prize in the same year. Georgia also has an MA in Creative and Critical Writing from the University of Winchester.
As a resident of Winchester and its surrounding villages for the last sixteen years, she loves the enduring beauty of the Hampshire countryside.

Julie Hogg



Julie Hogg is published in many literary journals including Abridged, Black Light Engine Room, Butcher’s Dog, Corrugated Wave, Honest Ulsterman, Irisi, Poethead, Poetry Bus Mag, Proletarian Poetry and Well Versed. Featured in anthologies by Ek Zuban, Litmus, Zoomorphic and Seren, her debut pamphlet Majuba Road is available from Vane Women Press.

Christopher hopkins



  Stars in pocket

Listen to the river

   Otter’s Back


Christopher Hopkins is a Welsh poet living in Faversham, Kent. He has received an IPPY, CLMP Firecracker and three Pushcart Prize nomination. He has two chapbooks published by Clare Songbirds, New York and his third The Shape of a Tulip Bird is due out this summer. Christopher is widely published including poems in The Morning Star, The Cortland Review, Rust + Moth and Ink Sweat & Tears.

andrew howdle





Andrew Howdle is a retired teacher and educational consultant. He lives in Leeds, England. He studied literature at the Universities of Manchester and York. Poems have appeared in Ekphrastic ReviewImpossible ArchetypeSingapore UnboundNine Muses, and Lovejets (2019), an anthology of poems paying tribute to Walt Whitman. His poem, “A Letter from York”, which won the 2018 Singapore Unbound  poetry competition, was nominated for the Hawker Prize.  

glenn hubbard


Beyond the Window

Fruit in the 60s

The Great Banded Grayling Emerges in September



Glenn Hubbard has lived in Madrid for 30 years and has been writing poems since 2012. Though fluent in Spanish, he is poetic only in English and has had poems published in a number of magazines. Nature and landscapes are often an inspiration for his writing. Spain has a lot of both.  

Ian Huckson




Seeking Renewal 

Ian Huckson is a semi-retired gardener, living in Cumbria. A lifetime of being in the countryside and working close with the land informs and colours everything he does and results in his never trying to be other than a part of nature. Also an amateur poet, recent poems of his have been published in magazines including; The Dawntreader, Sarasvati, Poetry Space Showcase and the Dempsey & Windle anthology Alternative Truths.

gill horitz



Gill Horitz has worked in the arts for many years. Her poetry has been published in magazines, including Writing Women, Mslexia, Smiths Knoll, Frogmore Papers, Tears in the Fence, and a short story in Cheatin’ Heart – Women’s Secret Stories Anthology (Serpents Tale 1998).   

Gill was short-listed in the Bridport Prize, 2011 and Cinnamon Press will publish her first Pamphlet, All The Different Darknesses, in 2019. She attends a poetry group in Dorset where she lives, led by Paul Hyland.




mandy huggins




Mandy Huggins is the award-winning author of the flash fiction collection, Brightly Coloured Horses. A selection of her longer fiction appears in Death of A Superhero (InkTears), and her first full-length short story collection, Separated From the Sea, will be published by Retreat West Books in June 2018.   







Robert Hughes is a retired secondary school English teacher who now writes fiction and nonfiction about overcoming alienation by reconnecting with the environment.






The Hawthorn 


Suzanne Iuppa is a poet, community worker and conservationist living in the Dyfi Valley, mid Wales.

Her poems can be found in literary magazines including The Lampeter Review, Ink, Sweat and Tears, Zoomorphic, Slipstream, The Lake and many others. She has been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize and the WoLF poetry competition, and Highly Commended in the Mothers Milk Writing Prize. She writes her first full collection with a very loud roosting goshawk for company.


Twitter:         @wildernesspoet



Harriet Jae


Sea gift 


In 2016 Harriet Jae emigrated to Ghent, Belgium, where she is studying Dutch. Previously she worked with refugees, and as editor of a UK refugee agency’s flagship publication.
Harriet’s poems have featured in The Rialto, Mslexia, The Ofi Press and Ink Sweat & Tears. She was longlisted for the 2016 Plough Prize.’


samantha jayasuriya


A Line of Oaks 

Samantha Jayasuriya is a writer, coach and teacher, and she seeks to live a creative life. She is a diarist who writes every day whilst surveying the ever-changing seasons outside her window. She is a poet and writer of short stories and letters. Time, the sky, trees, colours and family life are the threads she uses to weave her stories and poems together. She lives in Barnet with her husband and two teenage sons.


sue johnson


Beach Walk  

Sue Johnson is a poet, short story writer and novelist. Her other interests include reading, walking and yoga. Sue is a Writing Magazine Creative Writing Tutor and also runs her own brand of writing workshops. Further details of her work can be found at



Rosie johnston


 Carnlough Bay 



Rosie Johnston’s four poetry books, published by Lapwing Publications in Belfast, are: Sweet Seventeens (2010), Orion (2012), Bittersweet Seventeens (2014) and Six-Count Jive – new and selected 17-syllable stanzas (2019). Her poems have appeared or featured in London Grip; Culture N1; FourxFour,; The Honest Ulsterman; Ink, Sweat & Tears; Hedgerow; on the Mary Evans Picture Library’s Poems and Pictures blog and in Live Canon’s anthologies 154: In Response to Shakespeare’s Sonnets (2016) & New Poems for Christmas (2018). She has read her poetry widely and between 2014 and 2018 was poet in residence for the Cambridgeshire Wildlife Trust, until she moved to live by the sea in Kent. 



brian johnstone




Brian Johnstone is a poet, writer and performer whose work has appeared throughout the UK, in the Americas, Australasia and Europe. His poems have been translated into over a dozen languages and are included in the UK Poetry Archive website. He has published seven collections, most recently the pamphlet Juke Box Jeopardy (Red Squirrel Press, 2018), shortlisted for the Callum MacDonald Memorial Award 2019, and the full collection Dry Stone Work (Arc Publications, 2014). His memoir Double Exposure was published by Saraband in 2017. He is a founder and former Director of StAnza: Scotland’s International Poetry Festival.


ali jones


Persephone Tastes the Earth  

Ali Jones is a teacher, music lover, and mother of three. Her work has appeared in Proletarian Poetry, Ink Sweat and Tears, Snakeskin Poetry, Atrium, Mother’s Milk Books, Breastfeeding Matters, Green Parent magazine and The Guardian. Her pamphlets Heartwood and Omega are forthcoming with Indigo Dreams Press in 2018.


zoe karathanasi



Zoe Karathanasi is a Greek-born poet who currently lives in Paris, France. She has an MA in Poetry with distinction from the Manchester Metropolitan University. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in various online and print publications, such as Ink Sweat and TearsThe Interpreter’s HouseTears in the Fence and Under the Radar. She is working towards a first collection. 

Lisa Kelly


Late Blooms 


Lisa Kelly’s first collection, A Map Towards Fluency, was published by Carcanet in 2019. Her poems have appeared in Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back (Nine Arches Press) and Carcanet’s New Poetries VII. Her pamphlets are Philip Levine’s Good Ear (Stonewood Press) and Bloodhound (Hearing Eye). Her pamphlet, ‘from The IKEA Back Catalogue‘ is forthcoming from New Walk Editions in 2021.

calum kerr

flash fiction

New Town 


Calum Kerr is a writer, editor and lecturer, as well as Director of National Flash-Fiction Day. For someone who writes short pieces all the time, he’s not very good at these biographies and tends to become fixated on facts. He lives in Southampton with this wife, a dog, and two cats.






M.D. Kerr


  Drawing #1


MD Kerr lives in Oxford, United Kingdom, and writes fantastical fiction and poetry, with a special love of nature poetry, poetic forms, and surprise pirates. She’s pseudonymously published a novel, novellas, and short stories, and ghostwritten seven novels. Under her own name, she’s published short fiction and poetry in a range of journals. She teaches creative writing at The Writers’ Greenhouse.

L. Kiew


 Breath Unspools

What I found at the bottom


A Chinese-Malaysian living in London, L Kiew earns her living as an accountant. She holds an MSc in Creative Writing and Literary Studies from Edinburgh University. Her debut pamphlet The Unquiet came out with Offord Road Books in February 2019.


carol krauss


  Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Tunnel 

The Drought

Carol Parris Krauss is a mother, poet, and teacher from the Tidewater region of Virginia. She was recently honoured by the University of Virginia Press as a 2018 Best New Poet. Her work can be found online and in print in Amsterdam Quarterly, Storysouth, and Poetry24 amongst others. She enjoys American college football, gardening, and her many pets. 

John Lanyon


Feeling Winter/Becoming Spring


The Whit-Horn is Calling  


John Lanyon lives in West Oxfordshire where he works as a gardener, linguist, musician and writer. He is approximately 25% of the poetry quartet The Four Wordsmen (www.fourwordsmen.com). John is excited by the secret lives of words, the play between the animate and inanimate world, the spirit of places. He thinks a poem has a kind of DNA and if you can find the first piece the rest will follow. It’s detective work.  Tea helps.


donna kirstein


In the Wild  


Donna Kirstein is a poet, writer and creative professional who currently lives by the seaside in the UK. Donna’s debut poetry collection Borderlands was published by Liquorice Fish Books in 2017, and her award-winning poems and short stories have been published in several anthologies internationally. Her website can be found at:



hiram larew


Our Us

Ode to the Edge

Achill Sound  

Hiram Larew’s poetry appears in recent issues of Viator, Contemporary American VoicesVoices IsraelAmsterdam QuarterlyHonest Ulsterman and Lunaris Review (Nigeria). He is on Facebook at Hiram Larew, Poet and at Poetry X Hunger. 



wes lee


 You wait for your loneliness to be looked upon 

Originally from the UK, Wes Lee lives in Wellington, New Zealand. Her writing has appeared in New Writing Scotland, The London Magazine, Riptide, Going Down Swinging, Magma, The Stony Thursday Book, Poetry LondonPoetry New ZealandDriftfish: A Zoomorphic Anthology of Oceanic Life, and many other journals and anthologies. She has won a number of awards for her writing, most recently as a contributor to Remembering Oluwale, winner of The Saboteur Awards Best Anthology 2017.




s.A. leavesley


More than ‘structurally unsafe

Still the Apple

Seasonal Adjustment Order

A Planet Where


 The Disappearing River, Stream, Trickle

S.A. Leavesley is an award-winning poet, fiction writer and journalistOverton Poetry Prize winner 2015, her new pamphlet, How to Grow Matches, is forthcoming with Against the Grain Press in 2018. She has been published by the Financial Times and The Guardian, on Worcestershire buses and in the Blackpool Illuminations. An occasional climber and surfer, she also loves swimming, cycling, walking and being outdoors.   



geoff le pard


A Springless Future

Geoff Le Pard started writing to entertain in 2006. He hasn’t left his keyboard since. When he’s not churning out novels he writes some maudlin self-indulgent poetry, short fiction and blogs at geofflepard.com. He walks the dog for mutual inspiration and most of his best ideas come out of these strolls. He also cooks with passion if not precision.





xaioly li


 The Village Girl 

Xiaoly Li is a poet, photographer and computer engineer who lives in Massachusetts. Prior to writing poetry, she published stories in a selection of Chinese newspapers. Her photography, which has been shown and sold in galleries in Boston, often accompanies her poems. Her poetry is forthcoming or has recently appeared in American Journal of Poetry, PANK, Atlanta Review, Chautauqua, Rhino, Rockvale Review, Cold Mountain Review, J Journal and elsewhere.  She has been nominated for Best of the Net, Best New Poets, and a Pushcart Prize. Xiaoly received her Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Masters in computer science and engineering from Tsinghua University in China.



Alison lock


I, Elder, Animal

By the River Dwyfor

 The Picnic 

Alison Lock writes poetry, short fiction and creative non-fiction. She is the author of two short story collections, three collections of poetry, and a novella, as well as contributing to several anthologies. Her short fiction has won/been listed in a number of competitions – The London Magazine, The Sentinel Literary Quarterly, The Tillie Olsen Award, The Carve Esoteric Prize. She has an MA in Literature Studies from York St John University. Her work focuses on the relationship of humans and the environment, connecting an inner world with an exploration of land and sea, a love of nature, through poetry and prose. www.alisonlock.com


sheila lockhart


 four hares 


Sheila Lockhart is a retired social worker and lives on the Black Isle in the Scottish Highlands with her partner and two Icelandic horses, tending her garden and writing poetry. She has been published in Northwords Now, Nine Muses Poetry, Twelve Rivers (Suffolk Poetry Society), the StAnza Poetry Map of Scotland, The Writers’ Cafe and the Ekphrastic Review.








Jane Lovell is an award-winning poet whose work is steeped in natural history, science and folklore. Her latest collection is This Tilting Earth published by Seren. Jane also writes for Elementum Journal. She is currently Writer-in-Residence at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve and runs the Mid Kent Stanza group for the Poetry Society.



barbara lovric


  Old Men and the Sea 

Barbara Lovric is an American expat now living in Ireland. A previous Irish Writers’ Centre Novel Fair winner, she’s had flash in The Fiction Pool, The Incubator, and The Cabinet of Heed. She was short-listed for the 2017 Over the Edge New Writer of the Year Award and longlisted for the 2017 Bare Fiction Prize. Her debut novel will be published in 2019. Barbara is also a Senior Editor and Reader for TSS Publishing and runs a local writing group. 




Star Well

Rebecca Lyon is a writer/performer based in Hampshire. The Yellow Box, which she co-devised with Nicole Le Jeune and Fatima Pantoja toured earlier this year and her short play, Alan, was performed as part of Heavy Weather Theatre’s new writing festival at the Etcetera Theatre in Camden. Her work has appeared in Spelk, Visual Verse and The Stare’s Nest and she does love a bit of open mic.