Ode to a Lady by Fanni Putz

Ode to a LadyBe feminine, be gentle, be fragile!Be emotional, be strong, be ladylike,act like a Lady!Be the beauty men find peace in,and attracted to.Be sexy, be sensitive,be soft, be a teardrop!Do not cry, serve your man!Do not be controlling, do not be a feminist!Men do not like that.Give your body to a man,expect nothing in return.Respect is not served at the table,neither in bed.A Lady, forced into a life she did not dream of.Be freedom! Be a Lady who does not belong to a man. Fanni Putz is...

The Rag-Doll’s Plea by Tiegan English

Note: this poem is intended to highlight the harsh reality that abuse can cause and is in no wayintending to promote harmful coping mechanisms or reduce victims to a broken mentality.Instead, this poem attempts to target the severity and long-lasting effects of abuse that somepeople don’t realise, understand, or even acknowledge. I want my poem to show how strongsurvivors and victims of abuse are, and the on going battle they deal with.TW: graphic depictions of self-harm, suicide and abuse. The...

Beginning Again by Ayisha Ahmed

We change the photographs around the house, Replacing painful reminders of him with joyful memories of us, I say it feels easier somehow, Almost like we can breathe now. You burn things in the garden, In fury or in determination I don’t quite know, Maybe it is a little bit of both, You do it for yourself; a promise, an oath. A new version of you rises from the ashes You are a woman on fire, And I did not even need matches. Say hello to your rebirth, Say hello to your new beginning, Because the...

My Thoughts as My Little Sister Sleeps by Ayisha Ahmed

Your little heart beats next to me And I think of all the things that you could be The possibilities run through my mind As I think of the joys in life you are bound to find I also think of the hard parts The bad days and the broken hearts I fear the times you realise that life can be cruel The days you discover failure or you become a love sick fool I look at you and try not to blink Terrified I will miss a moment before I can even think Of the right words to describe the beauty of our...

Magic runs through her veins by Ayisha Ahmed

To the kind lady who told my dad that I am a pleasure to be aroundAnd the familiar girls who pick me up from the groundWhen I’m feeling lowBut mostly to the goddesses that help me to grow To the friends that drag me out when I am sadAnd that one who is the older sister that I never hadTo all the females that make me feel completeAs well as to the ones I am still yet to meet My admiration for your presence in my lifeBurns because if I were to take a knifeAnd cut you open it would explainHow I...

Fiction

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...

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...

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...

Colony by J. Alexandria

Content warning: violence, psychological torture, and mutilation Erskine, are you in position? Roger, Erskine replied, from his spot in the thick bushes. He reached up and flicked the small visor on his helmet down, the...

Now, How Shall Coast Beget Time? by Nic Cook

Content Warning: Trauma and depictions of mental illness And when I think about it now it washes over me as a tidal wave and I am drenched once again and the clinging wet cloth of my attire that heavily drags and drags...

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...

Body Talks by Ciara Armstrong

Content Warning: Death “What should we do with the body?” A voice echoed in the fog above Alicia. She didn’t recognise it.  “I don’t know man. This was your fault!” A different voice. This one sounded familiar...

Visual Art

Poetry

Ode to a Lady by Fanni Putz

Ode to a LadyBe feminine, be gentle, be fragile!Be emotional, be strong, be ladylike,act like a Lady!Be the beauty men find peace in,and attracted to.Be sexy, be sensitive,be soft, be a teardrop!Do not cry, serve your...

The Rag-Doll’s Plea by Tiegan English

Note: this poem is intended to highlight the harsh reality that abuse can cause and is in no wayintending to promote harmful coping mechanisms or reduce victims to a broken mentality.Instead, this poem attempts to...

Beginning Again by Ayisha Ahmed

We change the photographs around the house, Replacing painful reminders of him with joyful memories of us, I say it feels easier somehow, Almost like we can breathe now. You burn things in the garden, In fury or in...

Magic runs through her veins by Ayisha Ahmed

To the kind lady who told my dad that I am a pleasure to be aroundAnd the familiar girls who pick me up from the groundWhen I’m feeling lowBut mostly to the goddesses that help me to grow To the friends that drag me out...

Dobok by J. Alexandria

Dobok Cheap, creased cotton. White faded grey over years, its loose embrace greets me like an old friend. Crinkling cloth, zip’s rasp music to my ears. A strip of black, with my rank on the end. Balanced on the grubby...

Helena by Stephen McGowan

Helena (Inspired by the pictures of Ukraine Civilian Helena, bloody but unbowed. Credit toAFP) We both slept in the comfort of our dreams and woke to base uncertainty.But I have distance, refreshing newsfeeds from...

Behold the Gold by Nadia Pafunik

Behold the Gold A myriad of golden leaves  the hum of wildlife in the trees,  I fall in love with this season  more with every falling leaf,  or shade of gold. We behold nature dying this time of...

Minor Son of a Miner’s Son by Stephen McGowan

Minor Son of a Miner’s Son I am scared, no…terrified of the day my Dad dies. And not just that day, but the days that follow. Terrified of playing a role I shouldn’t have to, because when he lies in state, I’m...

The Flames of Everything by Nadia Pafunik

The Flames of Everything I like hot fire cooling down,  like hot wax melting on my skin  sinking into oblivion  hot tears cooling off  like sprinklers on a lawn.  On a warm, sunny day Funny day...

Interviews

Putting the Spotlight on Jody Bigfoot

Jody Bigfoot is an anomaly and a renegade in life and in art. His debut solo project Duszt challenges tropes and preconceptions of contemporary hip hop whilst building on the political roots of the genre with a...

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

Tips for writing as a non-native English speaker

By Lina Alrababh When John Palmer – the editor in chief of On Edge – said to us, “you can write about the process of writing or advice for writers,” I wasn’t sure how useful I was going to be in this matter...

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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