A word from our Poetry Editor, Ralph Dartford
The poems selected for our 7 th edition focus on the islands of the heart, whether they are standing in the interior or gazing on from a forensic exterior. Here are intimate meditations and metaphors written on glass, the slowness of making gravy, and the roads to arriving and leaving our roots. These pages reveal fractured landscapes and still life in distorted light – portraits of the self written large alongside a measured and controlled rage of what we take and discard as humans, of what, how and who we
choose to forgive. Here is beauty, love and regret. They are poems of magnification, compassion and dread.
A word from our Fiction Editor, Nick Jones
These stories, when viewed together, all share a common thread: longing. Whether it be the longing for a love’s return, or the longing to be free of trauma, each of these stories speak of different kinds of want. By turns tender, uplifting, frightening, heartbreaking, and in some cases triumphant, they speak to how desires can shape our lives.
A word from our Kid Lit Editor, Jonny Syer
These stories and poems aim to show the reachable variety that is KidLit. The voices are stark and contrast. They feature loneliness and hope, adventure and stillness, wit and wry. Poetry and prose side by side, seeking to shed light on the wonderful mysterious of childhood.