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Mark Kilburn

The Poet's Ear, A Geisha's Revenge, and The Cake Factory Visit were published in Worcester Litfest's Flash Fiction anthology, 2022 (Black pear Press)

The Love Vaccine, The Not-So Green Man and Vampire Wedding in North Cornwall were published in Worcester Litfest's Flash Fiction anthology, 2021 (Black Pear Press).

Lilith and the Half-Cut Magician and Moon Mamas of the Silk River Nostoi were published in Worcester Litfest's Flash Fiction anthology, 2020 (Black Pear Press).

Cathedral Swans was published in Call & Response, an anthology of poems celebrating Worcester Cathedral (Black Pear Press 2020)

The Child We Can Never Have was published in Contour magazine, February 2018.

Billy Ulysses... was runner up in Abc's Poem of the Year award, 2014.

Spring was highly commended in the 2012 Larkin-East Riding poetry competition

The Ghost of Milton Friedman... won the 2012 Abc poetry competition

Nicolaus Copernicus... was published in Gold Dust Anthology, 2012

The Poet Laid Bare was published in The Big Issue, 2011

A Tea Box... was a prize-winner in the MIND poetry competition 2010

Leipzig was chosen for the 2005 Midland Arts Centre 'Short Cuts' readings & subsequently published in Gold Dust magazine, 2006


My novel Hawk Island was originally published by: (Note: Currently unavailable)

Print editions of my poetry collection Beautiful Fish available from Amazon; digital edition from Cerasus Poetry.

My historical novel, The Castle, is available from Amazon in hardback, paperback and Kindle editions.

My stories


In Memoriam: Marek Edelman

He has known the darkest heart, watched the cruellest incision. Edelman examines the donor organ, considers the watchtower guard who observed the children of the ghetto. The fissures

Miss Carstairs Receives News From The Front

Her garden is scented with the colours of the Lord: the purples and ochres and flaming reds of salvation. At her feet a shiny beetle skittles through the cut grass,
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The Poet Laid Bare

Dr Wu and his assistants gather round the mortuary table. 'Choose your instruments carefully' says the doctor. 'This one looks tougher than old stewing steak.' He handles

My Hands

Small for an adult man they remain unblemished, skin no longer taut, knuckles tiny knots of weathered cherrywood, the palm patterns, for so long ignored, now warily examined

Poetry Box

1. I receive a call, long-distance, from a woman I've never met. I ask: Who are you ? She refuses to give her name. In a cellar, in a house, in a country far away, she says