Our Authors: M – R



 My America  

Siesta at the botanical gardens


Mandy Macdonald is an Australian writer and musician living in Aberdeen who is trying to make sense of the 21st and earlier centuries. Her poems can be seen in many anthologies and journals – most recently Noon (Arachne, 2019), Multiverse (Shoreline of Infinity, 2019), The Curlew (Spring 2019) and The Poet’s Republic (Issue 7, 2019). Mandy writes in the strong hope that poetry can change the world, even just a little. When not writing, she makes music and gardens.



Rattus Rattus 

Maiden Castle 


Kathryn Anna Marshall has been writing poetry forever but has only recently made the leap from scribbling furtive notes on the backs of envelopes to sending her poetry into the world, since her diagnosis with M.E.

Kathryn is inspired by goings-on inside and outside her head and loves the puzzle of putting feelings onto a page. She mainly writes poetry, but also enjoys working with short short fiction and relishes the challenge of producing a good story in one hundred words. She has one publication to date, in Mslexia magazine as part of their Autumn showcase.




Mark Mayes writes fiction, poems and songs. He is an avid reader, and enjoys walks in the countryside, especially by rivers. He has had poetry and stories published (including stories in Unthology 5, 9 and 10), and his novel, The Gift Maker, came out in 2017 with Urbane. 

Mark Mayes at Urbane

alan mccormick



Wish You Were Here

 Reasons to Swim Inside the Sky

I am a Rock


Alan McCormick was born in Mombasa and now lives with his family by the sea in the Purbecks. He’s been writer in residence at Kingston University’s Writing School and for Interact Stroke Support. His fiction has won prizes and been widely published, including Salt’s Best British Short Stories 2015. His collection, Dogsbodies and Scumsters, was long-listed for the 2012 Edge Hill Prize.

He also writes flash shorts in response to pictures by Jonny Voss. Their work can be seen on


Alan has just completed Holes, his first book of non-fiction, and Wild in the Country, his second story collection.

joan mcgavin


Rain Started High  

Joan McGavin featured in a Peterloo Poets anthology and has poetry books from Oversteps Books: Flannelgraphs (2011) and Passing Arcadia Close (2017). A Hawthornden Fellow in 2012, she was Hampshire Poet 2014, and for thirteen years taught Creative Writing at the University of Winchester. A trustee of the Winchester Poetry Festival, she curated an anthology, Hogwords, for them in 2014. She is currently working on a third collection as part of a PhD in Creative Writing from Southampton University.


rachael mcgill




Rachael McGill was born in the Shetland Islands. She lives with one foot in Britain, the other in Lisbon. She’s a playwright and literary translator and has recently finished her first novel. Her play The Lemon Princess is published by Oberon. Short fiction has been published in Shoe Fly Baby (Bloomsbury), Shorts 5 (Polygon), New Writing Scotland 35 (ASLS), The Frogmore Papers, Stories for Homes and online.






   Ikebana – Free style  


Helen McNaughton lives in Oregon where she grew up and also raised her family.  She has been writing poetry since she was a child. Her poems have appeared in a number of journals and anthologies. Being out in nature has always been an important part of her life and included not only in her poetry but also in her photography.

joan mcnerney




Joan McNerney’s poetry has been included in numerous literary zines such as Moonlight Dreamers of Yellow Haze, Seven Circle Press, Dinner with the Muse, Blueline, Halcyon Days and included in Bright Hills Press, Kind of A Hurricane Press and Poppy Road Review anthologies. She has been nominated four times for Best of the Net. 


jenny mcrobert



Sea shanty for a ship in a bottle


Making the transition from psychologist to poet has been Jenny’s most pleasurable journey. Despite the disadvantage of being taught it at school, poetry has been her lifelong passion. She has always known it, though her career demanded writing of a different sort (psychology textbooks and articles). Now she has migrated to a land that she loves and has spent the past five years developing as a poet. Her poem Homewon second prize in the Hyde 100 Poetry Competition. Recently published poems are: Touched’ Picaroon Poetry Issue #12 May 2018, Jezebel’ Ink Sweat and Tear October 2018. Two further poems Silver Samovarand Bakelite Blintzes’ have been accepted for publication in The High Window later this year. 


stephen mead


 Estuary Heaven

Stephen Mead is an Outsider multi-media artist and writer.  Since the 1990s he’s been grateful to many editors for publishing his work in print zines and eventually online.  He is also grateful to have managed to keep various day jobs for the Health Insurance.  

Poetry on the Line, Stephen Mead

Kathryn metcalfe


Debatable Lands 

Kathryn Metcalfe hails from Renfrewshire and has been published in many magazines and anthologies, she is a member of the Mill Girl Poets who wrote and performed a stage show about the lives and heritage of the thread mill workers in her local town of Paisley which went on to feature at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She also founded and runs a local open mic event for poets and writers called Nights at the Round Table.

zoe mitchell


 Sycamore Gap  


Zoe Mitchell is a widely-published poet whose work has been featured in a number of magazines including The Rialto, The London Magazine and The Moth
She graduated from the University of Chichester with an MA in Creative Writing and was awarded a Distinction and the Kate Betts Memorial Prize. She is currently studying for a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Chichester, examining witches in women’s poetry. 

In 2018, she was joint winner of the Indigo-First Collection Competition and her first collection, Hag, is due to be published with Indigo Dreams Publishing in 2019. 


sarah mnatzaganian




Sarah Mnatzaganian is an Anglo-Armenian poet. Shortlisted for the Poetry Business pamphlet competition 2016/17, her poems have been published in Magma, The North, Fenland Reed, London Grip, Atrium, As Above So Below, Poems in the Waiting Room, and anthologies Write to be Counted and #MeToo. She studies with Peter and Ann Sansom and Moniza Alvi. 

heidi morrell


 Cobalt Blue

Calla Lilies


Heidi Morrell lives and writes in Los Angeles, is married and lives in a big old house with her two kids, patient husband, one dog and two cats. Writing since the age of nine, she has been published in magazines, anthologies, and Ezines. Her poetry chapbook Also As Well is published by Finishing Line Press and her
collection of award-winning poetry, Old As Rain, is published by Ex Ophidia Press. 

Heidi’s fiction can be found in Blue Skirt Press; Oval Magazine; Tomato Anthology; Ink Monkey Press; Dual Coast Magazine, 2 Elizabeths micro story. Her middle-grade book, Lane’s Diamond (Cawing Crow Press), is available on Amazon.



 The Crab and the Gull  


Diane Mulholland was born in Australia and now lives in London, where she can often be found beside the Thames. Her work has appeared widely in journals including Under the Radar, Long Poem Magazine and The Tangerine, and she recently completed an MA in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Paul Robert mullen


 somewhere in the countryside

such a pretty picture  


Paul Robert Mullen is a poet, musician and sociable loner from Southport, near Liverpool, U.K.  He is a keen traveller, having lived and worked in China and Australia, and has scaled the entirety of Asia.  He has three published poetry collections: curse this blue raincoat (2017), testimony (2018), and 35 (2018).  He also enjoys Leonard Cohen, bass guitar riffs, porridge, paperback books with broken spines, and all things minimalist.

maxine rose munro




Maxine Rose Munro is a Shetlander adrift on the outskirts of Glasgow. Her work has appeared widely in print and online journals, and anthologies. She was recently shortlisted for the Scottish Mental Health International Writers Award 2017. She also recently had a poem published online as part of the My Time project by Voluntary Arts Scotland and The Scottish Poetry Library.


Lynda o’neill


Urban Spring  


Lynda O’Neill was born and brought up in Portsmouth, where many of her poems are based. She started writing when she went to a creative writing class at a local arts centre twenty years ago and began to be published and placed in competitions two years later. Lynda writes mostly about childhood, school, war and package holidays, mixing pathos with humour whenever possible. Writing has given Lynda self-expression – and many friends.

rodney nelson


 Unheard in the Woods   

Rodney Nelson’s work began appearing in mainstream journals long ago. See his page in the P&W directory:


He has lived in various parts of the U.S., working as a licensed psychiatric technician and copy editor, and now resides in the northern Great Plains. Recently published chapbook and book titles are: Metacowboy, Mogollon Picnic, Hill of Better Sleep, Felton Prairie, In Wait, Cross Point Road, Late & Later, The Western Wide, Billy Boy, Ahead of Evening, Winter in Fargo, Hjemkomst, Canyon, Time Tacit, and Minded Places.

‘Most of my poems “arrive” during walks and are written down as soon as I return home or years later.’

Rebecca Parker



Rebecca Parker is based on the coast of Fife, Scotland. Her work has most recently appeared in Gutter, The Curlew, and online at The Poetry Village. She is a member of the publishing team at Tapsalteerie.


Mangal Patel


  Last in Line    

Born in India, Mangal has lived in London, UK since her early childhood. She loves creative writing which she took up after retiring as a Director of IT. Her work has been published on the web and in a number of anthologies. She writes for the pleasure it gives her and hopes her readers enjoy her work.

Mangal’s husband and twins are her source of joy and keep her smiling.

sharon phillips



Reflections, Upwey

Three Sea Poems

Sharon Phillips started learning to write poems a few years ago after she retired from her career in education. Her poems have been published online and in print, and have been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize (2017), the Indigo Firsts pamphlet competition (2018) and the WoLF Poetry Competition (2019). Sharon won the Borderlines Poetry Competition in 2017 and was among the winners of the Poetry Society Members’ Competition in November 2018. She lives on the Isle of Portland, in Dorset.



Ilse pedler




Ilse Pedler has had poems published previously in Poetry News, Prole, Artemis and Stand. She was shortlisted in The Rialto Nature Poetry competition in 2014 and 2015 and in the Bridport prize 2016 and commended in the Hippocrates 2017. She is the winner of the 2015 Mslexia Pamphlet Competition. Her pamphlet, The Dogs That Chase Bicycle Wheels, was published by Seren in March 2016. She lives and works as a veterinary surgeon in Saffron Walden and is currently working towards a first collection.

laura potts


Lady of the Garden  

Bleak Row

Twice-recipient of the Foyle Young Poets Award, Laura Potts is twenty-two years old and lives in West Yorkshire. Her work has been published by Acumen, Aesthetica and The Poetry Business. Having worked at The Dylan Thomas Birthplace in Swansea, Laura was last year listed in The Oxford Brookes International Poetry Prize and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She also became one of the BBC’s New Voices for 2017. Laura’s first BBC radio drama aired at Christmas, and she received a commendation from The Poetry Society in 2018.


lesley quayle



Four Mornings   


Lesley Quayle is a widely published, prizewinning poet, an editor and folk/blues singer. She has a collection, Sessions, (Indigo Dreams) and a pamphlet Songs For Lesser Gods, (Erbacce) featuring her prizewinning series of sonnets of the same name. Her latest pamphlet, Black Bicycle, was published in May 2018 by 4Word Press.


patsy rath




Patsy Rath hails from Lancashire but has lived in Winchester for almost forty years. As an English teacher and adviser, she spent most of her working life supporting others to write well; since retirement, her own work has taken over. At the moment her poetry is mainly focussed on memories of growing up, of family life, with occasional forays into the world of politics.



ben ray


 A dendrological reaction to National Socialism  


Ben Ray is a rising young poet from the Welsh borders whose work ‘reveals a canny understanding of life and language’ (Nancy Campbell). His second collection, What I heard on the Last Cassette Player in the World, is scheduled for release with Indigo Dreams Publishing in 2019.




cLare Read 


  She was History 


Clare Read is a writer of short stories and poems living in the East Midlands. She is a member of Marvellous Writers, a community writing group established in 2016. Her stories have been published in The Cabinet of Heed, Riggwelter and Reflex Fiction


frances reilly


 Beside the grave of Abram Wood King of the Gypsies 


Frances Roberts Reilly is of mixed Welsh-Romany and English heritage, a direct descendant of Abram Wood the Welsh Romany family of harpists, fiddlers and storytellers.

She began writing in 1972 while working at the BBC in London. After making documentaries on human rights, she earned an honours degree in English Literature from the University of Toronto. Frances is a full-time writer. Her poetry is published internationally and she has been a guest author on CBC radio and WSQR Talk Radio, Sarasota. She lives in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.

She is currently working on her memoir ‘Underground Histories’, recovering her Romany heritage, hidden for over 100 years.


lisa reily


Greek Sunset

 nanna’s garden   


Lisa Reily is a former literacy consultant, dance director and teacher from Australia. Her poetry has been published in several journals, such as Panoply, Magma and Foxglove Journal. Lisa is currently a budget traveller with two bags, one laptop and no particular home. You can find out more at



kim ridgeon


  Beneath All This    


Kim Ridgeon was born in Cornwall and lived in the old mining town of Camborne throughout his childhood. He worked as a teacher of English and Drama for twenty-five years until retiring early due to ill health. Kim moved to Glastonbury with his family in 1989 and still lives there overlooking the town and the Somerset Levels; an inspiration in much of his poetry.

Upon retirement Kim started to dedicate his creativity to writing poetry and has had three collections published: Middle Age Spread, Uncovering and, this year, Looking Out. There is also a booklet called Twenty + Five.

Kim finds the natural world forever fascinating and combines this influence with themes which consider time and memory. Writing poems is a liberating experience and having them read by other people is so gratifying.


alun robert



 After Roger Deakin  

No Return To Varoşa


Alun Robert was born in Scotland of Irish ancestry. He is a prolific creator of lyrical verse. Of late, he has achieved success in poetry competitions and featured in international literary magazines, anthologies and on the web.

Mary Robinson


  Recollecting Water    


Mary Robinson grew up off-grid on an isolated smallholding in Warwickshire.  Her first collection is The Art of Gardening (Flambard 2010).  She won the Mirehouse/Words by the Water Poetry Prize in 2013 and the Second Light Poetry Prize (short poem category) in 2017.  Her work includes two pamphlets, Uist Waulking Song and Out of Time, the latter to accompany a poetry/photography collaboration with Horatio Lawson exhibited at Theatre by the Lake, Keswick in 2015. Her poems have appeared in several magazines including Poetry Review, The Yellow Nib, Stand, The North, Artemis, Envoi, The French Literary Review and Long Poem Magazine.  Her sequence of alphabet poems will be published by Mariscat Press this year.  She lives on the Llŷn Peninsula in North Wales.  Her blog is Wild about Poetry:


andrea robinson


 Early Summer in the Community Gardens   


Andrea Robinson is an artist, writer and printmaker. She was poet-in-residence at Share Community Garden for Open Garden Squares Weekend 2017. Her work is inspired by found artefacts and family histories – birds often appear. Her writing has been published in DIVERSIFY – Poetry and Art on Britain’s Urban Birds (Fair Acre Press), In Transit: Poems about Travel (The Emma Press), Smeuse magazine, Coast to Coast to Coast, two Tate anthologies, Will Jennings’ artists’ book Extending Ley Lines, online for Hercules Editions and Visual Verse, and in a sound installation for Protein Dance at The Place. 

william ruleman


Nature’s Healing of Neuroses 


William Ruleman recently retired from college teaching to devote himself to writing, painting, translation, and (when possible) travel. His poems have appeared most recently in The Amethyst Review, Mused: The Bella Online Literary Review, and Nature Writing. His Verse for the Journey: Poems on the Wandering Life, a collection of his translations of poems by the German Romantics, and his Salzkammergut Poems (both from Cedar Springs Books) focus on his experiences in the natural realm. His website is:



isabel rogers


 Flying south   


Isabel Rogers’ first poetry collection, Don’t Ask, came out in 2017 with Eyewear Publishing. Her work has appeared in various magazines including PoetryPoetry WalesUnder the Radar and Mslexia, and has also been widely anthologised. She won the 2014 Cardiff International Poetry Competition and collaborates regularly with the composer Ian Stephens.



Sally Russell


If Bees Could Talk 


Sally Russell left a career in IT to spend more time on writing and music. She writes poetry and short stories that examine social relationships and family. She reads at poetry events in London and Hampshire and is a member of the North Hampshire Stanza.


mark rutterford


A Declaration 


Mark Rutterford writes and performs his short stories in towns and cities across the South West – stories with a love interest, a bit of humour and, quite often, told with a prop in hand.

Although a proud member of Stokes Croft Writers in inner-city Bristol, Mark is most at home in the countryside. He has a thing about badgers.