Task Failed Successfully by J. Alexandria

Summer’s scent shifted as Cassie left the woods, lighter and breezier than the comforting earthiness of the trees. It wasn’t far to the village from here, so she moved to shift her pack…then remembered she didn’t have one anymore. It was still sitting in her room in Harald Nadelos’ palace, and she doubted the guards were going to let her back in to get it anytime soon. At least Cassie was relatively unburdened as she strolled onwards, carrying only her short sword on her hip. First order of...

Fiction

Celia by Rebecca Milne

“Follow me” she whispered. I could not see any of her facial features as she grabbed my arm and I followed along behind her. Her boots, cloak and hat were all caught or attached to each other, not that she minded of...

The Skeleton by J. Alexandria

Alice kicked off the edge of the shuttle’s airlock, and launched herself into the blackness. Her environment suit was reading all greens, and for that she was thankful. The area was heavily restricted, and she probably...

Annabelle by Kate Ditchburn

“Hello.” … “My name is Dr. Green. But I prefer the name Elena. Much less formal.” … “What’s your name?” A glance. Nothing more, but a start. Dr. Green watched her patient from the heavily padded armchair...

Shed a Light – Dominic Rebucha

  The ball ricocheted off the fence and the fence wobbled, making a low rattling sound as Darren approached. He followed the path along the car park to the enclosed artificial pitch ahead. It was lit by high-voltage...

Hopscotch? – A J Flanigan

There was heavy rain in the parking lot. Everywhere, really, but especially in the parking lot. Cracks as trenches in the puddles. Dots and circles. From the desk closest to the window, I couldn’t make out the dots, but...

Transparency – Natalie Cullen

Hey. So, I’m a ghost, and I have been for a few months now. Being in my state, you experience things that you couldn’t imagine as a living human. You go through the motions. At first you’re understandably in mourning of...

Visions – George Lovejoy

Visions She switched off the TV then regretted it; the noise of the pointless quiz show was comforting. Watching ‘Derek from Sussex’ reciting all football results from 1980 was easier than watching the fireplace, the...

Visual Art

Poetry

Travelling by Marc Borillo

A morning in Barcelona, em perdo pels carrers del Born. Em trenco com una ona, recordo el meu malson. Midday in Paris, je ne comprends pas mon existence. Épouses et maris se déplacent en consonance. Afternoon in...

A Selection of Three Poems by Liam Michael Stainsby

Content Warning: References of Drug Use The Graduate First written the day after graduating from Northumbria University in 2015 – revised 2021. Time slows –when light abates.Of the thousand dead –why must I remain...

A Feast Fit For a King by Ismah Ahmad

How juicy, how sweet, this tender morsel that I eat. How filling, how chewy, each bite of this fatty meat. How it screamed, How it begged. But here I am, enjoying this meaty leg, and sipping on the finest wines, and...

The Woeful Ballad of Invisible Girl by Ismah Ahmad

There once lived a girl with superhuman powers, But this girl did not shoot lasers or climb up towers. Instead, this girl’s blessed traits, Were that she could turn invisible, and lift heavy crates. No one could see...

Cupid’s Bow – Joel Everett

Your Cupid’s bow arched upwards falls slowly like blossom – pink the giggle recedes with my layman’s share. Divine laughter Eros, comes to its end; and Atlas loosens his grip. You look now upon humility with one beaded...

Missing Pieces – Jarod Vona

  Pull my heart and pierce my skin. A painful start, I can’t defend. Sparkling silver hoops stand ringed with flame, I hop, leap, and jump through them, Again, and again. I yearn for the day which one closes on my...

Beyond Riggindale Crag – Stephen Fender

Haweswater; the wind pushes cold while the low grey sky hides Riggindale from view. At the road’s end we leave the car, with others; parked, like a sulking child, as we begin our slow assent.   One of us leaves to walk...

Interviews

An Interview With Photographer Lina Alrababh

by John Palmer Lina Alrababh is a Jordanian photographer who’s interested in street photography and is currently on a creative writing M.A course at Northumbria University.  Instagram:  What inspired you to...

Interview with Professional Dancer, Annie Peach

By Richard Tyson Tell me about your journey as a professional dancer. What have you done and what are you doing now? Although I have been dancing all my life, my professional journey began when I became a member of...

Chris Ord Interview

By Dasha Werner –  Chris Ord is a writer and a musician who grew up in Northumberland. He taught English language in Turkey, Portugal and India before returning to England where he got an MA in International...

Kara Chin Interview

by Woon Fellow –  1) Can you tell us a bit about your current practice? 1) I feel like my current practice is in a bit of a weird place right now. When I was at Slade we had a phrase – ‘the post crit...

Articles

Bi-Weekly Creative Prompt: Five Years Later

A lot can change in five years. Everything is in a state of constant flux, whether it be personal relationships, government policy, or the trees in your local park, change is inevitable. If you’re a writer or a...

Bi-Weekly Creative Prompt: Water

Water is vital for living beings, whether they be human, plant, or animal. 71% of the Earth’s surface is made up of water, and up to 60% of the human body is made of water. Without water, there wouldn’t be...

Bi-Weekly Creative Prompt: Fear

Fear What are you afraid of? Whether it’s a phobia of spiders or a deep-seated fear about the coming climate catastrophe, we want to see your creativity in expressing this. Even though Halloween is over...

Bi-Weekly Creative Prompt

On Edge What does it mean to be on edge? How can art encapsulate this feeling? Does it conjure up deep personal feelings that you can express through your creativity? Is this the perfect opportunity to write that horror...

What Makes a Poem Good: Rhyme

Written by Joel Everett To start answering the question ‘what makes a poem good?’, we have to ask: what do we mean by good? Well, as with any form of art, good is entirely subjective. Keeping this in mind, we have to...

Mary Sue and Gary Stu: phenomenon or cliché?

Written by Dasha Werner Ed. Lauren Godfray When Wattpad and other similar writing platforms appeared on the Internet, people all around the world fell in love with short stories published by beginning and professional...

What Makes a Short Story Publishable

By John Palmer The Obvious Grammar and punctuation are huge factors in getting published. You might have written the best story in the world, but if the reader has to keep stopping to work out why there are seven commas...

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