Issue 77

Mar/Apr/May 2018

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Agenda:  Why poetry is making waves

PLUS:  Back from the brink: how misery memoirs saved my life • Literary biography • Inside an indie press • Writing with homeless people

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Debbie Taylor


Elizabeth May • Helen Mort • Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi • Sasha Dugdale • Lucy Worsley


  • 2017 Women’s Novel Competition winner
  • The rising tide of poetry: Debbie Taylor charts 20 years of change


  • What you’re saying about…self-publishing, self-censorship, and writing for love
  • What happened when you wrote in a new location
  • For the love of it: bedtime stories with Hayley Webster
  • Blogwatch
  • Noticeboard
  • Writing in the world: rough sleepers with Lisa Rossetti


  • Elizabeth May introduces stories and poems on the theme of ‘bewitched’


  • Creativity news
  • Writing exercises
  • What works for Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi
  • Poetry challenge: ballad, selected by Linda France
  • Misery lit saved my life: Lyn G Farrell on how accounts of abuse and trauma helped her survive
  • Sasha Dugdale’s Achilles’ heel
  • Flash genre: Ann Abineri
  • First page surgery with Alex Peake-Tomkinson
  • Thoroughly Modern Mary: Fiona Sampson on how Mary Shelley faced pressures still experienced by women writers today


  • K J Whittaker talks to Katy Guest

Off the page

  • Script news
  • Play list with Zoe Cooper
  • Control your nerves with Malika Booker
  • Listen up with Helen Mort
  • Read aloud rhyme: Old Carrots
  • Moving words with Claire Trévien
  • Spoken word with Kirsten Luckins
  • Monologue: ‘Muscadet’ by Michéle Roberts


  • Publishing news
  • Crystal ball
  • Small pressure: Teika Bellamy on running an indie press
  • Hindsight
  • Pitch surgery with Laura Williams
    Pitch calendar
  • Self-help book test drive with Meg Clothier

Doors open

  • Open for submissions
  • Insight: pitch prospects
  • Three of a kind: novellas
  • Insight: script submissions to Everyman & Playhouse, Liverpool
  • Open for entries: competitions and awards
  • Insight: manuscript wishlist, agent Alice Sutherland-Hawes
  • Insight: Winston Churchill Memorial Trust
  • Insight: The Staunch Book Prize
  • Time away: writing holidays

Out now

  • Début author interview: Mary Brown
  • Poet laureate by Christy Ducker
  • Six best books about food
  • Poetry news
  • Poetry review by Alex Pryce
  • Non-fiction: books from blogs with Caroline Sanderson
  • I is for…
  • Fiction issues: psycho geography by Alison Flood
  • Short story news
  • Short story review by Alice Slater
  • Short story heroes: K J Orr
  • Books about writing

Don’t miss

  • Events and courses

And finally 

  • Lucy Worsley’s bedtime reading
  • What we’re up to
  • Submitting and subscribing to Mslexia