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New Editorial Team at Poetry24

Posted: December 2, 2012 by abigailelizabethwyatt in news
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Here is an announcement from Poetry24, site where ‘News is the Muse’.  The present editors, Martin Hodges and Clare Kirwan, who established and developed the site, are moving on in order to devote more time to their own projects.  I am delighted to say that the new editorial team includes me, Abi Wyatt so please have a look at the site at www, and maybe consider making a submission. 

Sunday Review, and…. the New Editors!

Many thanks to the poets who have kept the submissions coming in during Poetry24’s time of transition – of which exciting news in a moment.

Not that it’s been a very cheery week: do we find it comforting or depressing to dwell on the suffering of others? Either way, there’s plenty of it around at all ages from Amy Barry’s bleak pieta of A Boy’s Life in Gaza to  David Subacchi’s no-frills old soldiers in No Country For Old Men. Also disappointed this week were Noel Loftus, whose thoughts on fractured Ireland churned like his washing machine in Fell fast asleep at noon and Abigail Wyatt’s nostalgicEngland, My England. “I did have the world on / a paper plate; / the family silver still belonged to you.” 

Where will it all end? Afric McGlinchey saw a bigger picture in Existential risk: while we muse on distant planets and ancient gods, the machines might just cull ‘the human herd’. Not so, says James Gordon, who sees us more as the saviours, the benefactors, who can save our Threatened heritage if we choose to do so.

Talking of saving a threatened heritage, I am delighted to say that Poetry24, on the brink of being culled, has been taken on by enthusiastic new editors, all of whom have had poems published here. Here are a few words from two of them:

Abigail Wyatt 

Hello, I am Abi. I was born in Essex but I am now based in Redruth in Cornwall. For many years, I was Head of English and the Expressive Arts at Redruth School but, in 2004, I retired from teaching following a period of illness. Since 2007, I have spent as much time as possible developing my own writing, mainly poetry and short fiction. I have been a regular contributor here at Poetry24 for about a year and I am looking forward to the challenge of becoming part of the editorial team

Abi’s blog is 

Hamish Mack

I am Hamish Mack, aged 50 mumble and living in new Zealand, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Lord of the Rings industry. 
I have been writing poems for about 3 years after being eased into it by an internet friend. I have found poetry to be a great help in dealing with sudden onset unemployment and the immediacy of Poetry 24 had me hooked from the first time that I visited it. Clare and Martin surprised the hell out of me by accepting some of my poems and I will always be grateful to them. This is part of the reason that I have volunteered for this position. That and the key to the Editors Liquor Cabinet, which has not arrived yet…
I will do my best for this site and for the poets that frequent it. This is a very important time time for poets to be speaking the truth to power. Keep  it up, folks.

Hamish blogs at Light of Passage

The other two poets who have volunteered for the editorial team – Martin Bartels and Mike Holloway – will introduce themselves next week.

I’m thrilled that Poetry24 will have this new injection of energy and I hope all you poets and subscribers will give the new team all the support you can – with plenty of quality submissions and by spreading the word. I’ll probably be still hovering in the background, too, like an anxious mum at the school gates when the bell goes…

Have a great week

Clare (and the new tea


Call for Submissions

Posted: November 12, 2012 by abigailelizabethwyatt in news, poetry

Call for submissions for an anthology of poetry to be produced by the Red River Poets early in 2013.

Submissions are open to anyone living in Cornwall but the editors want to encourage submissions from writers resident in the Redruth, Pool and Camborne areas. Up to 50 lines, any theme, any style but we admit that we will look favourably on work with something serious and substantial to say.

We regret that we are unable to pay contributors but the anthology will be widely distributed in Redruth and Camborne and the surrounding area. There will also be a launch evening at which successful contributors will be invited to read.

The editors will be Duncan Yeates and Abigail Wyatt. We will respond to all submissions as soon as we possibly can but, once made, our decisions will be final.

This is a not-for-profit project. Our objective is to encourage and support local poets and give a ‘heads up’ for creative writing generally. What we want from you is the right to publish your work in a limited number of anthologies that will be distributed via bookshops and arts venues locally. We may also publish samples of the work on the Red River Poets Facebook page for a period of three months following publication.

E mail me at abiwyatt[thesign]yahoo[dot] if you have further queries and submit your work to the same address no later than 15th December, 2012.