We're delighted to announce that Elisabeth Sennitt Clough, our guest editor for issue 6, has joined the editorial team on a permanent basis.
Elisabeth is the author of Glass (Saboteur Best Pamphlet Award) and a full collection, Sightings (Michael Schmidt Award). Her poems appear in The Forward Book of Poetry 2018, The Rialto, Poem, Mslexia, Wasafiri, Magma, The Cannon’s Mouth and Stand. Her poems have won numerous prizes and have been widely anthologised. Visit Elisabeth online here.
Having met Elisabeth through The Fenland Reed, publishing her in our first issue, we've come to know her as an inspirational poet and poetry editor, and we couldn't be more excited about the prospect of continuing to work together. Elisabeth has lots of great ideas for the magazine's future - watch this space!
We are excited to announce that issue 6, on the theme of ‘the body’, is in the final stages of preparation ahead of publication in April. Guest edited by Elisabeth Sennitt Clough, the magazine includes the following poets:
Jill Abram, Jane Burn, Rachel Burns, Jim Conwell, Ananda-mayi dasi, Sarah Doyle,
Chris Fields, Martin Figura, Donna J. Gelagotis Lee, Jonathan Greenhause, Hilary Hares, Keith Hutson, Joanna Ingham, Helen Ivory, Lisa Kelly, Rebecca Le Marchand,
John Lyons, Roy Marshall, Eric A. Mecklenburg, Jill Munro, Joanna Nissel,
Kate Noakes, Kathy Pimlott, Anna Saunders, George Szirtes, Claudine Toutoungi,
Peter Wallis, J.S. Watts, Jane Wheeler
We will be holding a launch event at the Babylon Gallery in Ely on the evening of 28th April, with readings from the magazine. There are a limited number of tickets available: free with the purchase of a copy of issue 6 (£5.50) on the night. To book a place, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are delighted to announce the publication of our fifth issue, which 5 features poetry and prose from:
Kate Caoimhe Arthur, Robert Beveridge, Peter Branson, Stephen Boyce, Jane Burn, Kitty Coles, Anna De Vaul, Sarah Doyle, Glyn Edwards, Elaine Ewart, Phil Hawtin, Stuart Henson, Norbert Hirschhorn, Joanna Ingham, Wes Lee, Sophie Lutkin, Ian McEwen, Sarah Mnatzaganian, Mary Oliver, Cheryl Pearson, Mary Robinson, Paul Stephenson, Elosham Vog, Sarah Juliet Walsh, Nicola Warwick, Rebecca Watts, Jay Whittaker and Megan Wildhood.
The magazine is available to buy from the 'Subscribe' page.
A selection of poems from this issue will soon be available to read online.
We're pleased to announce that Issue 4 is now with the printers! This issue, on the theme 'borders and bridges', features poetry and prose by: Allen Ashley, Anne Ballard, Zeina Hashem Beck, Clare Best, Penny Boxall, Jo Brandon, Gemma Bristow, C.M. Buckland, Gareth Culshaw, Gram Joel Davies, Kitty Donnelly, Roger Elkin, Robert Etty, Chris Hardy, Ramona Herdman, Matt Howard, Pamela Johnson, Anthony Lawrence, Marion Leeper, Sarah Mnatzaganian, Nora Nadjarian, James Richards, Hans Sahl (translated by Ruth Ingram), C.I. Selkirk, Laila Sumpton and J.S. Watts.
The cover art is a hand-coloured collagraph print by Viv Styles, produced as part of the Trios project, a collaboration between photographers, poets and artists. The work was inspired by Gram Joel Davies' poem 'A lonely man whose friend is the horizon', included in this issue of The Fenland Reed.
Issue 4 will shortly be available to order from the website: see the Subscriptions page for more information.
Last night saw the launch of Issue 3 in Ely, with 11 of the contributing poets coming along to read, making our first anniversary a very special occasion! We had readings from two of the prize-winning poets in our Ouse Washes Poetry Competition, Elisabeth Sennitt-Clough and Emma Danes, from our competition judge Clare Best, and from several of the other poets in our issue: Kitty Coles, Sarah Doyle, Claudine Toutoungi, Robert Etty, Elaine Ewart, Gaynor Clements, Rebecca Watts and Sue Burge.
Thank you again to all of our readers - it was lovely to meet those of you we hadn't met before, and to see others again. We loved hearing all of your readings and we're looking forward to more anniversary events in the future!
Please click on the image above to see more pictures of the event...
The Fenland Reed was delighted to take part in this year's Poetry in Aldeburgh festival, which ran from 4th - 6th November. We hosted an event on the Sunday morning in the Peter Pears Gallery, featuring readings from Elisabeth Sennitt Clough, Elaine Ewart and Rebecca Watts as well as from editors Mary Livingstone and Jonathan Totman. Thank you to all our readers - and to Daphne Warburg Astor and the Poetry in Aldeburgh team for having us and for putting on such a great festival!
Please click on the image above to see pictures of the event...
We had another brilliant response to our call for submissions, and would like to thank all who sent work in. Issue 3 features the following writers, including the winners and highly commended poets in the Ouse Washes Poetry Competition:
Urvashi Bahuguna, Matt Barnard, Clare Best, Sue Burge, Gaynor Clements, Kitty Coles, Annemarie Cooper, Emma Danes, Stephen Devereux, Sarah Doyle, Robert Etty, Elaine Ewart, Elsa Fischer, Mark Leech, Josephine L. Martin, Richie McCaffery, Elizabeth Newman, Rachel Plummer, Elisabeth Sennitt Clough, Paul Stephenson, Claudine Toutoungi, Anna de Vaul, Rebecca Watts, Julia Webb and Glen Wilson.
The cover image is based on a wood-cut by Cambridge-based artist Sam Motherwell.
We will be publishing a couple of poems online shortly, and are holding launch events at the Poetry in Aldeburgh Festival on 6th November, and in Ely at the Babylon Gallery on 26th November.
Send us a message if you're interested in coming to the Ely event - we've got lots of the featured poets coming to read - and go to www.poetryinaldeburgh.org to book tickets for our Aldeburgh event.
We had a great day of poetry at Welney Wetland Centre last week. The day formed part of OuseFest 2016 and was sponsored by the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership through a grant from their Community Heritage Fund. It included an afternoon workshop, facilitated by me and my co-editor Mary Livingstone, and an evening performance with readings from Mary, Poppy Kleiser and Clare Best.
The workshop began with a guided walk around the reserve at Welney. We had a brilliant group of workshop participants who engaged wholeheartedly in exercises designed to stimulate responses to the landscape and wildlife. Writing from inside a bird hide made for a particularly atmospheric setting. We had poems about birds, and migration. Dragonflies also featured (thanks to Mary for spotting and retrieving a rather spectacular dead dragonfly on the walk), as did seeds, teazles and other small discoveries. The unique landscape provided inspiration for some wonderfully surprising pieces, which frequently journeyed to other times and places with their personal and political resonances.
The reading took place in the café area; with its massive windows looking out onto the fen, the evening light changing by the minute and an acoustic backdrop reminiscent of the rainforest (cattle and sheep excepted), it made for a remarkable stage.
Clare Best now lives in Sussex but is no stranger to the fens, having spent two years as poet in residence at Woodlands Organic Farm in Lincolnshire, and it was particularly special to have the farm’s owner, Andrew, in the audience. Poems from her pamphlet Treasure Ground took us right into the beating heart of the farm and all the science and mystery of its ecology. Clare also read newer poems exploring other landscapes - geographical, physical, political - with an acuteness and honesty that was breathtaking. Poppy Kleiser gave a passionate reading which would have been equally well placed in a festival tent and a history conference. Her poems about the chequered history of the fens and its socio-political climate had us riveted, unsettling and rousing in their relevance. Mary Livingstone gave us a reading worthy of the Fenland Poet Laureate epithet. Her poems spoke of the varied landscapes of communication and were by turns beautiful, moving, brutal and funny (alluding here to her growing repertoire of ‘predictive text poems’). We were also treated to impressively polished poems written earlier in the day by two of our workshop participants.
Thank you to the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership, to Emma Brand at Welney Wetland Centre for leading the walk and looking after everyone, and to all those who came and made it such a memorable day.
We've also teamed up with the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership to bring you a unique poetry competition. The competition is open to anyone, free to enter, with three prizes up for grabs and photographs to inspire you - get writing folks! See the competition page for details.
We're thrilled to announce the publication of our second issue. And a very fine thing it is too, featuring new poems by:
Derek Adams, Rosemary Appleton, Charles Bane, Jr., Sue Burge, Pippa Chapman, Cardinal Cox, Alexandra Davis, Sarah Doyle, Philip Dunkerley, Norbert Hirschhorn, Matt Howard, Paul Howarth, Sue Lewis, Elizabeth Lewis Williams, Felicity Notley, Dominic O'Sullivan, Helen Overell, Sarah Passingham, Ilse Pedler, Elisabeth Sennitt Clough, Paul Stephenson and Heidi Williamson.
As you can see, it also has some rather gorgeous cover art, thanks to local artist Valerie Sims.
We're holding a launch event at Ely's Babylon Arts Gallery on Wednesday 4th May, with readings from many of the poets featured in the magazine. There are a limited number of seats available so if you'd like to come along, please contact us (soon!) using this form.
Meanwhile, we're looking forward to the 2016 Fenland Poet Laureate Awards. Editor Jonathan Totman will be on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire between 2 and 3pm this afternoon (March 21st) talking about Fenland Poetry and the FPL Awards. Editor Mary Livingstone is one of the shortlisted entrants for next year!