An introduction to the second edition


We are proud to present our second edition of Northern Gravy. Once again, we’re bringing three pieces of MG/YA, three pieces of Fiction and three selections from Poetry. This was an incredibly tough edition to put together, the standard of work submitted was super high. We were spoiled for choice, narrowing it down to the final three each was, in some cases, a heartbreaking process. We really hope you love our selections as much as we do, feel free to let us know your thoughts on each piece and keep your eyes peeled for the next submission window opening soon for edition number three. 

A word from our Poetry Editor, Ralph Dartford

The poems our poetry editor, Ralph Dartford has selected for our second edition display everyday language to startling effect. The settings are sometimes urban , sometimes an intrusion to the natural world. There is wit, colour and passion here. The best poetry makes the complicated simple and arresting. Here we read it in abundance. And as ever, Elvis lives!

A word from our Fiction Editor, Nick Jones

Nick Jones has selected pieces from a diverse range of forms and styles, all United by an emotional core. Whether that is be fathomless sadness, joyous nostalgia or indomitable will, these pieces speak to the breadth of the human experience and the many facets experienced as we age.

A word from our Middle Grade/Young Adult Editor, Jonny Syer

Jonny Syer has selected pieces of working-class humour, fantastical adventure and witty poetry. The voices represented in this edition are all different, but are aligned by collective hope that readers will feel better after reading them. They look forward, not back.

This editions guest blog

Our second article is written by Lisette Auton in which she discusses the “right to say nothing.”

We hope you enjoy reading our second edition as much as we have enjoyed curating it. Northern Gravy continues to break down barriers by paying every writer they feature.

As ever, we would like to thank our friends and advisors: Arts Council EnglandSheffield Hallam UniversityNew Writing NorthWriting on the WallSpread the WordHarper NorthWriting East Midlands and Bradford Literature Festival.

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