Pick of the day

Summer Flights

They’ve made it again,
Which means the world’s still working, the Creation’s
Still waking refreshed, our summer’s
Still all to come –

                Ted Hughes, “Swifts”

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Story of the week

The little white box

He couldn’t believe he was going to go back. Images, fragments of people flickered past making him feel dizzy. Lifting the flimsy polystyrene cup, he smelled the bitterness of coffee before its cool oily film broke against his lips. He sat it back down on the metal table, punctured with holes between him and a gum smacking hooded youth. Hanging his head, he massaged his greying temples in firm circles, then rubbed at his eyes wondering Read more

Poem of the week

The Poetry of Porcelain

He could tell by its style...the shade of the clay – trace its origin, its artist... Read more

Features

Story, Poem and Inspiration Point of the Week

It’s been a wonderful week for poetry and prose with writers using innovative techniques and genres. Story of the week goes to love-writing for powerful experimental short fiction.

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Story, Poem and Inspiration Point of the Week

We're always thrilled to welcome new writers and we've had some wonderfully talented people joining this week.

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Nottingham Reading Event

Our next reading event will be held in Nottingham on Saturday, September 5th from 7pm at The Cross Keys, 15 Byard Lane, Nottingham, NG1 2GJ.

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Story, Poem and Inspiration Point of the Week.

This week's winning story is told from the perspective of a young girl and the narrator's voice is utterly convincing.  Fantastic sentiments on show but never sentimental.  Well done love_writing for:

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Bee's Journey

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Picks of the Month

The Sewing Machine

As a young man, I was fond of walking holidays and particularly liked the wilds of Scotland, covering vast distances by foot. They were pretty much deserted then, and every year I’d spend a couple of weeks with the Duchess of X in Perthshire. It has to be an X I’m afraid or you might look her up. I believe she is still living, wrapped up in her ancestral tartan that comes all the way from Botswana.

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Not A Sonnet: Of Moths And Metaphors

It is the one thing we have in common:
that we breathe the world’s air, then we do not.
To write one line about something so trite
is a waste of paper. The rain forest
will bless me when I do not trouble you
with such banality. So I shall spend
my days sparing you the grief of reading
my shallow thoughts about mortality.

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