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Issue 42/June 2018

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Issue 42 of Brittle Star includes poems and stories by Dan Spencer, Di Slaney, H Alder, Ingrid Leonard, J Mellor, Jim Conwell, John Greening, Josep Chanza, Julie Burke, Julie-ann Rowell, Kathy Pimlott, Kenneth Pobo, Kitty Coles, Miriam Patrick, Patricia Leighton, Pippa Hennessy, Ray Malone, Robert Etty, Sarah Whiteside, Sue Spiers, Tina Preston, Victor Buehring, Zhanna Sizova.

Columns by Wayne Burrows – Rainwater Puddles on a Crazy Golf Course and Sarah Passingham – Finding Flow

Articles by Robert Chandler on Vasily Grossman & an excerpt from ‘Stalingrad’ and Joolz Sparkes and Hilaire – London Undercurrents


Issue 41/November 2017

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Issue 41 of Brittle Star includes poems and stories by Anna Robinson, Daniel Bennett, Daniel Licht, Ed Cottrell, Greg Forshaw, Jacob Braun, Jean Stevens, Kittie Belltree, Lauren Mason, Lisa Kelly, Martin Reed, Mary Gurr, Myra Barrs, Natalie Whittaker, Olivia Walwyn, Philippa Matthews, Robert Ford, Sam Reese, Sarah Wimbush, Wayne Dean-Richards.

Columns by Wayne Burrows – A Thousand Empty Bowls and Sarah Passingham – When a Comfort Zone is not the Goal

Poetry Reviews by Paul Blake – Psychodramas: Graham Mummery: Meeting my Inners, Maxine Linnell: This Dust, Soundswrite, Shivanee Ramlochan: Everyone Knows I Am a Haunting

Short fiction Reviews by Fawzia Muradali Kane – Walls, Primates, Gods and Tea: Krishan Coupland: When You Lived Inside The Walls and Other Stories and Erinna Mettler: Fifteen Minutes

Issue 40/July 2017

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Issue 40 of Brittle Star includes poems and stories by Alexandra Melville, Barbara Cumbers, Brian Docherty, Charlotte Baldwin, Christian Wethered, Clive Donovan, Dan Spencer, Daniel Bennett, David Greenslade, Ilse Pedler, Jack Houston, James Aitchison, James Costello O’Reilly, Jen Emery, Jennifer Johnson, Joan Lennon, Joanna Ingham, Joe Carrick-Varty, Jonathan Greenhause, Judith Taylor, Kate Hendry, Kitty Coles, Lara Frankena, Linda Kunhardt, Norbert Hirschhorn, Paul Surman, Penny Ayers, R. S. Stewart, Robin Houghton, Rosamund Brown, Sam Kemp, Steve Xerri, Vicky Morris and Yvonne Eller.

Columns by Wayne Burrows – A Metaphor Backed by Law and Sarah Passingham – Runners, Writers and Support Groups

Reviews by Paul Blake – Fun and Games; first collection reviews – David Clarke: Arc (Nine Arches Press) and Peter Ebsworth: Krapp’s Last Tape – the Musical (flipped eye).

Articles by Anne Holloway – Peer Publishing in the Shed

BStar-cv-39Issue 39/December 2016

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The latest issue of Brittle Star includes some wonderful short stories and poems, a fascinating article on poetry and song in light of Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize win, an instructive piece on the structure of short fiction, reviews of three first full poetry collections (we only review first full collections), and articles on Traverse Poetry Trading Cards and Arkbound publishing.

In this Issue, poems and stories by Julie Mellor, Michael Farry, Edd Ravn, Julian Cloran, James Aitchison, Richie McCaffery, Graham Mort, Jenny Booth, Peter Ebsworth, Stuart Nunn, Julian Flanagan, Sue Burge, Ingrid Leonard, Jayne Marshall, Rodney Wood, Hilaire, Marija Smits, Rachel Thanassoulis, Belinda Rimmer, Stephen Mcnought, Jenny Booth, Miriam Patrick, Sue Dymoke, Laura Seymmour, Kitty Coles, Jay Whittaker, Sarah Marina, Michael W Thomas, Brian Docherty, Dharmavadana, Edd Ravn, Kaye Lee, Sarah Marina, Howard Wright, Clive Eastwood, Dominic Fisher, Kaye Lee, Jeremy Page.

Columns by Wayne Burrows – The Lyric Mode and Sarah Passingham – Not Getting to Grips with Structure.

Reviews by Paul Blake – Vicky Arthurs: Limehaven, Iron Press, Jill Munro: Man from La Paz, Green Bottle Press and Di Slaney: Reward for Winter, Valley Press.

Articles by Stephen Mcnought – Publishing for all: An Introduction to Arkbound and Jacqueline Gabbitas – Put a Human in Your Pocket

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In this Issue, poems and stories by Anne, Diane Mulholland, Terrence Dooley, Donna Berliner, Jonny Wiles, Gill McEvoy, DA Prince, Christine Curtis, Diana Powell, Paul Blake, Naydin Rowland, Lisa Kelly, Elizabeth Newman, Jessica Mookherjee, Kieran Setright, Maggie Sawkins, Rosie Breese, Yannis Sarigiannidis, Pedro Salinas, SP Hannaway, Robin Houghton, Rowena Warwick, Robin Thomas, Shirley Wright, Allen Ashley, Richard John Davis, Jean Harrison, Fred Johnston, Jørn Otte, Julian Dobson, ky li, Martin Reed, Elizabeth Horsley.

Competition poems and stories by Jennie Carr, Jeremy Galgut, Kathleen Bell, Ren Watson, Sue Spier, Nicola Warwick, Kay Harrison, Ella Frears, KM Elkes, Tanya Royer, Sally Jubb, Natalie Whittaker, Polly Tuckett.

With columns by Sarah Passingham – No laughing matter and Wayne Burrows – Full Spectrum Poetry.

First collection reviews by Paul Blake – Myra Connell: House, Christy Ducker: Skipper, Zelda Chappell: The Girl in the Dogtooth Coat.

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Issue 37/October 2015

In this Issue, poems and stories by Polly Tuckett, Alan Dunnett, Anne Stewart, Stuart Pickford, Philippa East, Philip Beverley, Jonathan Totman, Beth Somerford, Brian Docherty, Ali Lewis, Vishvantara, Zoe Mitchell, Lee Nash, Hugo dos Santos, Cat Woodward, Rebecca Gethin, Peter Ebsworth, Howard Wright, Ilse Pedler, Kitty Coles, C M Buckland, D A Prince, Paris Morel, Patri Wright, John Newton Webb, Nick Norton.

With columns by Sarah Passingham – When support is lacking… get onto Twitter and Andrew Bailey – Gaps.

First collection reviews by Paul Blake – What makes a collection? James W Wood: The Anvil’s Prayer and Matthew Hedley Stoppard: A Family Behind Glass.

A Message of Welcome, an article by Jacqueline Gabbitas.

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Issue 36/May 2015

In this issue, poems and stories by Robin Houghton, Di Slaney, Fawzia Kane, Robert Etty, Terence Dooley, Gill McEvoy, Jocelyn Page, Ian McEwen, Peter Phillips, Julie Mellor, Alan M Kent, Kathy Pimlott, Nicola Warwick, Jonny Wiles, Jenny Danes, Kate Taylor, James W Wood, Stuart Pickford, Gordon Scapens, Simon Collings, Joolz Sparkes, Hilaire, Jack Houston, RG Foster,

First collection reviews by Paul Blake – The Problem of Pain. Bobby Parker: Blue Movie and Karen McCarthy Woolf: An Aviary of Small

With columns by Sarah Passingham – Reading as Performance and Andew Bailey – Something Small and Wonderful.

Issue 35/November 2014

In this issue, poems and stories by John Sibley Williams, Jake Campbell, Katherine Reeve, Kyle Cooper, Jennie Carr, Michael Bartholomew-Biggs, David Frankel, Kay Buckley, Jack Houston, Rose McDonagh, Estill Pollock, Clive Donovan, Simon Robson, Nat Newman, Terence Dooley, Dharmavadana, Mark Carson, Kate Woodward, Jonny Wiles, Karen Leeder, Sue Norton, Mary Maher, Dan MacIsaac, Joe Woodhouse, Mandy Haggith, Gary Budden, Kitty Coles, Stewart Carswell, Ruth Stacey, Veronica Barnsley, Jonathan Doering.

With columns by Andrew Bailey – Unfrustrated and Sarah Passingham – Self-Belief.

First collection reviews by Paul Blake – Jemma Borg, The Illuminated World and Angela McCabe, Honeymoon in Coalisland

With an article by Michael Bartholomew-Biggs on London Grip – the inside story

Issue 35 extracts

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Issue 34

Story: Tick Tock – Gus Gresham –

Story: Babel – Adam Nathaniel Furman –

Brittle Star: Issue 33 Nov. 2013 (extracts)

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  1. I love this! Really smooth and funky! And the story’s great. I love a fairytale twist. Thank you!

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