Featured poems: ‘johnnie writes a quatrain’ and ‘carole in the supermarket’ from “Unauthorised Person” by Philip Kane

December 6th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

The last of our series of featured poems and fiction is from Philip Kane. His ‘concept album’ of poetry and images Unauthorised Person has the Medway Towns at its heart, with a long narrative  poem ‘Among High Waves’, charting the odyssey of Billy Ruffian around the pubs of Medway, and the sequence ‘city’s little heart’, from which today’s poems are extracted. Read the poems ‘johnnie writes a quatrain’ and ‘carole in the supermarket’ by clicking here: from City’s Little Heart Philip Kane

Find out more about the book, and buy a copy, by clicking here.

Philip is on the cover of  WOW magazine, December 2012 issue, and is interviewed within its pages. Read WOW by clicking here.



Featured fiction: ‘Sugar Water’ by Maggie Harris

December 5th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

‘Sugar Water’ features Eliot, who also appears in ‘This Mother Country Business’, another of the stories from Canterbury Tales on a Cockcrow Morning by Maggie Harris.

Download an extract of the story by clicking here: Sugar Water Maggie Harris.

Find out more about Canterbury Tales on a Cockcrow Morning, and buy a copy, by clicking here.

Maggie Harris is an award-winning poet, a writer of fiction and memoir, an artist and a teacher. Her first poetry collection Limbolands (1999) won the Guyana Prize for Literature 2000. Find out more about Maggie Harris by going to www.maggieharris.co.uk

Six hundred years on, here are Canterbury’s new pilgrims, as diverse and garrulous as Chaucer’s were, and speaking in a variety of Englishness which, like Chaucer’s, are hybrid and poetic. ­Maggie Harris creates stories about the nitty-gritty of ‘ordinary’ folk’s lives, which, although often dealing with tragedy, pettiness, and awareness of loss, are also infused with warmth, humour and optimism. Each brief story or sketch gives voice to a character … whose tales quickly draw you in, and sometimes, unwittingingly, suggest a world of experience.

Lyn Innes, Emeritus Professor of Postcolonial
Literatures, University of Kent

Featured poem: ‘Flamingo’ by Richard Thomas

December 3rd, 2012 § 2 comments § permalink

‘Flamingo’ is from Richard Thomas’s debut poetry collection The Strangest Thankyou.

Download a pdf of Flamingo by clicking here: Flamingo Richard Thomas

Find out more about the book, and purchase a copy from Cultured Llama, by clicking here: The Strangest Thankyou

Richard is reading at a number of launch events for The Strangest Thankyou in the new year. Go to the Events page for more details.


About Richard Thomas

Richard Thomas is a poet from Plymouth, UK, with a ­diploma in Creative Writing, poems published in journals and anthologies internationally and a poem shortlisted for the National Poetry Competition 2011.

Richard is the editor of Symmetry Pebbles, a poetry e-zine – www.­symmetrypebbles.com.


He has long been one to watch, and with this strong, diverse collection Richard Thomas is now one to read. And re-read.

Matt Harvey, host of Radio 4′s Wondermentalist Cabaret,
author of The Hole in the Sum of my Parts and Where Earwigs Dare

Featured poem: ‘The Altar’ by Bethany W. Pope

December 1st, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

‘The Altar’ is from Bethany W. Pope’s debut poetry collection A Radiance.

Download a pdf of the poem by clicking  here: The Altar_Bethany_Pope_A_Radiance_301112.

Find out more about the book, and buy a copy, by clicking here: A Radiance

Bethany is an extraordinary performer of her work. She is reading from A Radiance at several events in the new year. Go the Events page for more details.

About Bethany

Bethany W. Pope is a UK-based writer originally from the Southern United States. She has lived in North Carolina, Scotland, the Philippines, Florida, South Carolina, Virginia, Kansas, Texas and Wales before settling in her current home in Wiltshire.

She lived in an orphanage for three years before dropping out of high-school, but later continued her education at Mary Baldwin College where she earned her BA in English Literature. She went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Creative Writing from University of Wales Trinity Saint David and her PhD in Creative Writing from Aberystwyth University.

She writes constantly, is madly in love with her husband Matthew David Clarke, and spends at least three hours a week Skyping with her family.

She was winner of the inaugural Luigi Bonomi Associates Prize for Fiction in 2007 and shortlisted for a Faulkner-Wisdom award in 2010.

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