ART – Zoe Paterson

Zoe Paterson is an artist and Political Science graduate living in Birmingham. Horror stories are a big influence in her work, which aims to be simultaneously kitsch and unsettling. Her artistic influences include Francis Bacon, Dave McKean and all of the Goosebumps book covers. When she’s not painting, you’ll find her programming, skating, or learning…

ONE POEM – Aimee S. Green

Image: Wassily Kandinsky – Cossacks (1910) Aimee S. Green is an MA student currently living in Birmingham. Aside from working on a novel for her dissertation, she adores experimenting with short story forms and playing with perspective. She shares her poetry and prose on her blog, at https://aimeegreenwriter.wordpress.com/ Bombs Run. Like the bustling of a…

THREE POEMS – Shirley Jones-Luke

Image: JACK WHITTEN, “Black Monolith, II: Homage To Ralph Ellison The Invisible Man,” 1994 (acrylic and mixed media on canvas: molasses, copper, salt, coal ash, chocolate, onion, herbs, rust, eggshell, razor blade). | © Jack Whitten, Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth   Shirley Jones-Luke is a poet and a writer from Boston, Mass. She…

The Fight for Empowerment – ART REVIEW by Lauren Holder

Featured image credit: Shepard Fairey, 2007, Power and Equality, screenprint Lauren Holder is a recent Psychology graduate from the University of Birmingham. Currently, she is training with the NHS to become a mental health social worker alongside completing a masters in Social Work through the University of York.  1963, the height of the revolutionary civil rights…

POETRY – Ian C Smith

Image: English novelist Evelyn Waugh by Henry Lamb, 1930 Ian C Smith’s work has appeared in Antipodes, Australian Poetry Journal, Critical Survey, Live Encounters, Prole, The Stony Thursday Book, & Two-Thirds North. His seventh book is ‘wonder sadness madness joy’, Ginninderra (Port Adelaide). He writes in the Gippsland Lakesarea of Victoria, and on Flinders Island, Tasmania….

TWO POEMS – Antonia Cundy

Image:  Aaron Burden on Unsplash Antonia Cundy is an postgraduate student at the University of Cambridge, studying on an MPhil in American Literature. She has written (poetry and prose) for The Financial Times, The Economist, and The Oxonian Review, amongst others. Her work can be found at www.antoniacundy.com.  The Milkman A skin had formed over her hot chocolate, creasing clinging off her spoon – grandmother’s…

POETRY – Abigail Pearson

Image by impressionist painter, Berthe Morisot. Abigail Pearson is 22 year old writer and poet from Eugene, Oregon. She is the co-founder of Cauldron Anthology, a literary magazine about the wild feminine that draws from mythology.  She writes about everything from queer love, to escaping from a cult and my adorable black cat. Her poetry…

TWO POEMS – Joe Shaw

Joe Shaw is a recent BA Creative Writing graduate from York St. John University. A curator at heart; he likes to explore the relationship between poetry and visual art practices. Image: Hugh Auchincloss Steers, 1995 Cover image: Pierre-Cécile Puvis de Chavannes, The Dream, 1883   [dreams are more radical than our reality.] – Guillermo Gómez Peña i…

ILLUSTRATIONS – Ian Cooke-Tapia

Ian Cooke-Tapia is a Panama-born multidisciplinary storyteller, illustrator, and entrepreneur. His practice focuses on intradisciplinary subject matter as means to explore the fluidity of the rules of our reality, and ignored social narratives. See more of his work here. and find him on twitter and Instagram.  An Incomplete Timeline of Isthmian Identit(y/ies) Whichever narrative is…

FOUR ARTWORKS – Jacob Courtney

Jacob Courtney is an illustrator currently based in Cardiff. He recently graduated from Cardiff School of Art and Design where he studied BA (Hons) Illustration. His work aims to depict atmospheric and immersive scenes. He is interested in the traces of life found in locations with no people present, and the stories those places tell. This…

ONE POEM – Carl Boon

Image: ‘PARADISE’ © Cecilia Paredes. Courtesy of Galería Blanca Berlin and Photo London Carl Boon lives in Izmir, Turkey, where he teaches courses in American culture and literature at 9 Eylül University. His poems have appeared in many magazines, including Posit, The Maine Review, and Diagram. A Pushcart Prize nominee, Boon recently edited a volume on the sublime in American…