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Featuring the work of Carole Baldock, T.J. Davies, Gwyneth Hughes, Petru Iamandi, Stephen Oliver, Matías Serra Bradford, Matthew Spittles, Lynne Walsh and Chris Williams.

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Chris Williams

Chris Williams is not REALLY a Giant Ant Person. So who is he? Click your cursor over this picture to get to his own website.

Chris Williams was born in the Rhondda Fach when he was very young. He then began work as a Guardian of the Annals of Knowledge when he was less young. He continues in this role now he is not young at all. He has had poems published in, or accepted for, The Yellow Crane, Roundyhouse, Iota and Outlaw, and is an active member of Red Poets. Stories have been published in Cambrensis and Antares, the last in Romanian. While considering himself to be primarily a poet, he also writes short stories and reviews. Chris has his own website at giantantperson.webs.com/

Read Walking Away

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Lynne Walsh

Lynne's first poems were published when she was sixteen (Firewords, Jonathan Cape). Her poems have appeared in magazines as far apart as Iota and the South Wales Review in Australia. She has won six poetry competitions, including the prestigious Afan Poetry Prize in 1997. Her book, A Postcard from Porthcawl was published in 1998.

Trained as a journalist in St Albans, Lynne has had numerous articles and short stories published in the UK and Ireland. For several years she adjudicated for the late lamented South Wales Miners' Eisteddfod. She is a frequent reviewer for Cambrensis.

She taught Creative Writing for Cardiff University for a while, but found it incompatible with actually having any time to write. Her part of the Great Cardiff Poem appeared on a hand thrown pot, and on the toilet door of the Slug and Lettuce pub.

Lynne is married with two teenaged children and does supply teaching to keep her brood fed.

Read Comfort Eating

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Matthew Spittles

Matthew developed an interest in writing from an early age and drew inspiration from the landscape of the Peak District in North Staffordshire where he spent much of his young adult life. The work of Ted Hughes has also been a big influence. In 1997 Matthew moved to South Wales and has continued to develop his work, becoming a member of Bridgend Writers' Circle and continuing to write poetry about nature, landscapes and, in particular, rivers. Matthew is passionate about walking and fishing from where he draws much of his inspiration to write. His published work includes material in Envoi and Seam.

Read Lambing Time in Wales

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Matías Serra Bradford

Matías is co-editor of the bilingual literary review La Carta de Oliver. He writes for the Buenos Aires Herald and has recently translated into Spanish Iain Sinclair's novel White Chappell, Scarlet Tracings. Publications include Fagans - El viaje y los viajes (Nuevohacer, 1996), Studio (La Carta de Oliver, 1997) and Diarios y miniaturas, (Simurg, 1999). Poems and prose published in the UK - most recently in Orbis (number 132, Summer 2002).

Read A Studio in Chiswick

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Stephen Oliver

Stephen Oliver is an Australasian poet and author of 18 books. He has been published worldwide, in English and in translation. Newly released is GONE: Satirical Poems: New & Selected, Greywacke Press, Canberra, 2016. Click HERE to read a review on Antipodes Journal. A poem, Ballad of Miss Goodbar, taken from this new collection and presented as a video poem read by the author, can be found on YouTube - click HERE. In 2017 Manifesto: A Political Anthology, edited by Emma Neale and Philip Temple, will be published by Otago University Press.

The Find is from his 2001 collection Night of Warehouses.
[A video poem version can be seen by clicking HERE.]

A track from Stephen's CD King Hit appears on the MUSIC section and Letter from an Astronomer features on HEAR A POEM.

Read The Find

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Petru Iamandi

Petru Iamandi (b. Galatz, Romania). Associate Professor at the University of Galatz, specialising in English and Romanian literature, with special reference to speculative fiction. Has translated many volumes from English to Romanian, others from Romanian to English, and has edited or co-edited several other books. Is also the author of an English-Romanian dictionary and has co-written a number of text books for students of English. Has placed numerous English-Romanian translations of essays, poetry, fiction and articles in Romania and many of his translations have appeared in the UK and the USA.

Read An Experiment in Creativity

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Gwyneth Hughes

Gwyneth has lived for most of her life in Paris. For years she wrote mainly stage plays, with small productions in the US. Then a number of her stories and poems appeared in British magazines and were published by Pipers' Ash in two collections: Augmented Seventh and After Gladys Adams. The story given here, Of Yore, was first published in Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque, and will be included in a new collection, Henry's Navy-Blue Hair, forthcoming from Pipers' Ash.

Read Of Yore

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TJ Davies

Born and brought up in Banbury, Oxfordshire. Educated at St. David's University College Lampeter, King's College London and Wolverhampton Polytechnic. After passing everything but the medical for R.A.F. pilot training, and becoming disenchanted with Academe, tried hand at numerous jobs - Iron foundry charge hand, teacher, warehouse clerk, accountant, salesman - usually with a conspicuous lack of success. Stumbled into nursing in 1981, been there ever since.

Writing, principally short fiction, published in Cambrensis, Beyond the Boundaries, New Welsh Review and Planet, with other ephemera in Radical Wales and the New Statesman. Winner (amongst others) of the 1995 Rhys Davies award for short fiction. Some stories broadcast on B.B.C. Radio. Currently working on a series of sci-fi stories for publication in Rumania, and on a number of dramatic productions for stage, T.V. and video.

Read The River and the Sun

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Carole Baldock

Carole Baldock is proud owner of 3 children (all in good working order), cat (needs slight attention), computer and a BA Hons.

Coordinator of Liverpool's Dead Good Poets Society since 1998, she is Editor of ORBIS, the renowned international literary journal of over 30 years' standing, and also Competitions Bulletin.

Having written enough poems over the past 10 years to fill a drawer, Carole's work has appeared in magazines, anthologies and online, including Ambit; Acumen; IRON; Poetry Life Recommendation; Envoi; ORBIS; Writing Women; Smoke; The Interpreter's House; The New Writer; Podium IV; Electric Acorn; Radio Merseyside; BBC Poem of the Month etc.

Her debut collection, BITCHING, is now in its 2nd edition and a local tour is being arranged, plus readings in London, Dublin, Chester, Southport, Durham, Wales, Newcastle and - Baldock

Available for interviews, judging competitions, readings, talks etc. Runs THE WORKSHOP: poetry, non-fiction, prose - participants (all levels) are invited to bring along any queries or problems...

Read The Idiot Lantern

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