Nature/Wildlife Issue 4

out February 1st 2023

Cover of Issue 4 out on february 1st

Issue 4 is finished and available for pre-order in the shop.

A Midwinter poem by Ceinwen Haydon


Revived by Erithacus Rubecula


A bright-eyed robin flies ahead. Stops;
hops along newly-strung barbed wire. 
He keeps a few feet to the fore; feathers 
fluffed, foiled against December’s frost.
Red-chested, brave, he joins me, 
warms my spirit on this drear, mid-winter’s day,
short on hours, long on anxiety. Fractious,
I cannot see what future awaits me. 
Caught between waning powers and ardent desire
to achieve: compose and write. Words turn, 
wriggle, squirm like worms within my mind.

Shush. He perches, beak open and carols
the sweetest,melancholic song. Ironically, 
my self-indulgent despair slinks away, sinks
in pondwater, iced with clarity’s fragile crust.

My red-breast companion makes our moment
all there is. He or I might die before nightfall 
but until the end, locutions birth beginnings.

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Contributors to Issue 3

Claudia Recinos Seldeen

Victoria Gartner

Affly Johnson

Andrew Kaye Kauffmann

Desiree Seebaran

Suzi Mezei

Lani O’Hanlon

Olivia Payne

Rosalind Moran

Abby Ledger Lomas

Rebecca Green

Nora Studholme

Lee Zumpe

DB Jonas

Christine Grant

Annie Peter

Charlotte Dormandy

Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán

Sarra Culleno

Jessica Bundschuh

Ciara Patricia Langan

Anna Marie Young

Kevin Brown

Diana Raab

Peter Clark

Laura Patricia Braverman

we’re featuring All of This Unreal Time, written by Max Porter and directed by Aoife McArdle.

A dramatic and immersive film installation by Aoife McArdle, first shown at the Manchester International Festival it was nominated this year for Best Narrative Short at Tribeca. All of This Unreal Time was born from conversations between Max Porter (Author of ‘Grief is The Thing With Feathers‘) and Cillian Murphy (Peaky Blinders) about different themes of honesty and performance; the conversations grew organically to become something else. A poem, a film, an apology, an installation, it is transmutative.

We follow an unnamed man expressing his thoughts and regrets, dressed in a black hoodie through deserted city streets at night and into the fields as dawn breaks, bringing hope.

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