Issue 76 (Dec/Jan/Feb 2017/18)

Carolyn Jess-Cooke looks at the risks inherent in the lack of regulation of writing-for-wellbeing workshops, and Susmita Bhattacharya talks about similar concerns while writing with fellow cancer sufferers. A lyrical piece from Karon Alderman explains why she carries on writing in the face of rejection, and Lucy Corkhill tackles the same issue in her Submission Bootcamp. And Meg Clothier’s brisk attack on social media chimes nicely with Sita Brand’s look at mindfulness and creativity.

The Agenda feature, from YA author Laura Steven, explores just how YA fiction influences the political opinions of its readers, and award-winning author Sarah Perry talks about how recovering from illness infiltrated her work, and accepting her status as a Gothic writer.

We present the winner of our 2017 Poetry Pamphlet competition in conjunction with Seren, as well as a poem from the winning work. Jane Harris presents the winning stories and poems on the theme of ‘Yesteryears’, covering everything from Fanny Burney’s mastectomy to the fate of a mercury prospector, and elsewhere you can stumble across dive-bombing pigeons in highly creative children’s poem ‘Swoop, Poop, Plop’ and the dollhouse of your nightmares in regular piece of Flash Genre section.

As always, we offer 12 pages of events and publication opportunities and insights. Find out how to get involved with Paines Plough theatre company, check out what agent Joanna Moult dreams of finding in her inbox, apply for a residency or retreat, and discover just how Stacy Makishi makes her poetry performances so compelling. All this and much, much more.

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