Monday, 22 May 2017

Now Then - Word Life 42


 I'm very happy to announce that May's issue of Word Life is here! It is my third as editor and has the theme of the sea. 

 My own poem "Ink sea" features, alongside four others and my round-up of literary events in Manchester.

 I hope you enjoy it!

 Liz x

Monday, 15 May 2017

News - March and April 2017


 March and April were, like January and February, very busy months for me as I have still been on my study placement in Galicia, Spain. 

 There has been so much to do, what with Uni, studying, trips and getting to know the city of Vigo, which I have come to love deeply. In March I turned twenty-three and celebrated with the rainiest trip imaginable to Santiago de Compostela. It was certainly a day to remember!

 However, I also found time to write, edit, review and collaborate, and saw some projects come to fruition. Here are my highlights.

 Firstly, I had poetry published in a number of places: "Sheepgoat" at The Poetry Shed, "New skies" in Indie Soleil Magazine, "Her" in L'Éphémère Review and "Milestones" in Eunoia Review. 

 I also had poems accepted by Cake Magazine, Antiphon, Atrium and Picaroon Poetry's Troubadour anthology. I'll let you know when they are published - watch this space!

 I completed my first assignment as a critic for Structo, reviewing Seven Sins by Karen Runge. I also wrote features for Cuckoo Review on the music from my summer in Salamanca and my top 5 French-language musicians. I hope you enjoy them.

 One of the most exciting things was the release in March of Issue 40 of Now Then Manchester, the first issue for which I was editor of the Word Life section. My own poem "Rooster" featured, and it was great to be able to showcase two more poems, by Lydia Allison and Roma Havers. I also did a round-up of the month's spoken word events in Manchester.

 Issue 41 of Now Then Manchester came out in April and this time I picked five poems for Word Life, based around the themes of change and healing. Curating work and seeing the finished page is amazing. I look forward to working on future issues and trying different themes - May's issue is based around the sea and will be out soon.

 So, March and April were good months for my writing. I'm looking forward to enjoying the remainder of my time here in Spain and then throwing myself back into the Manchester literary scene. It should be a great summer!

 Thanks for reading.

 Liz x

Friday, 12 May 2017

Top 5 French-language musicians


 Just letting you know I have a piece on Cuckoo Review about French-language musicians that I recommend for listeners who are new to French music.

 I have picked from several different eras and genres, so hopefully there'll be something for you.

 If you would like to learn more about some of the artists I mention, I have a full post on my music blog dedicated to Jean-Jacques Goldman, as well as posts mentioning Lio and Niagara.

 I hope you enjoy the article and maybe discover your new favourite musician or group.

 Liz x

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

The Fractured Nuance - Perpignan


 I am very happy to announce that my poem "Perpignan" has been published in Issue #4 of The Fractured Nuance, which has the theme of Place.

 I hope you enjoy it! If you would like to learn more about Perpignan, France, where I lived for a year, check out my travel blog.

 Liz x

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Now Then - Word Life 41


 My second issue of Word Life as Editor has been published. It features five poems on the themes of change, healing and moving on, and highlights several upcoming spoken word/open mic events in Manchester.

 I hope you enjoy it!

 Liz x

Friday, 14 April 2017

News - January and February 2017


 What with arriving and settling in Spain, where I'm currently on a study placement, and some extreme weather, I wasn't able to do a news post for January or February. So, I thought I'd combine them. Both months were really exciting for me, with a lot happening writing-wise. 

 Firstly, 2017 has been great so far for my fiction. I have had a number of stories and flash pieces published: "The tooth" in Jellyfish Review, "Lady Waker" in Myths of the Near Future, "Lemon summer" in Storgy, "The moon and river" in Visual Verse and "Five things I wish I could still do (and one I'm glad I forgot)" in Halo Literary Magazine.

 I've also had several poems published: "Blood orange" and "Green grapes" in The Cluny, "In Cambridge" in Picaroon Poetry and "Segovia" in The Mancunion, where I was also featured as Poet of the Week.

 The creative highlight of the two months was being asked to edit the Word Life section of Now Then Manchester. I was already a big fan of Word Life and some of my poems had been published there, so I was delighted to be chosen to take care of it. I spent much of February working on March's issue - I hope you enjoy it.

 Other bits and bobs: I reviewed Indigo Girls' album Rites of Passage for The Mancunion, and I continued to enjoy success with my music and travel blogs, reaching major pageview milestones. At present my travel blog is at just past 75,000 views, which is amazing. Thank you for sharing my adventures!

 Foxglove Journal is also doing well - please feel free to send us some poetry and/or fiction.

 Thanks for reading - here's to a bright and positive spring.

 Liz x

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Structo - Seven Sins


 My review of Seven Sins by Karen Runge has been published at Structo Magazine. 

 I hope you enjoy learning about this short story collection.

 Liz x 

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Monday, 27 March 2017

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Now Then - Great news and Rooster


 I'm very, very happy to be the new editor of Word Life, the poetry and fiction section of Now Then Manchester!

 I love the site and have had poems published there in the past (Flash, The strawberry dream, Snowlands and Last light) so being asked to edit was wonderful and a huge honour.

 My first Word Life as editor is now live, and features my poem "Rooster" as well as two other great pieces of writing.

 I hope you enjoy it!

 Liz x

Friday, 3 March 2017

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Songs of Salamanca: The soundtrack to my summer in Spain


 My feature on the songs of my Spanish summer has been published by Cuckoo Review. It includes tracks by Suzanne Vega, Alan Parsons Project, Robin Gibb and more. I hope you enjoy it!

 If you would like to learn more about my time in Spain, check out my travel blog - the post where I first arrive in Salamanca can be found here and you can then go through the others in the Blog Archive on the left.

 Liz x

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

The Mancunion - Poet of the Week and Segovia


 I'm very happy to be the first Poet of the Week in The Mancunion! I hope you enjoy the feature, which tells you a bit about me and showcases my poem "Segovia".

 If you would like to learn more about this Spanish city, check out Parts One and Two of my travels there.

 Liz x

Monday, 6 February 2017

The Mancunion - Indigo Girls: Rites of Passage


 Just letting you know that my piece about Indigo Girls' 1992 album Rites of Passage has been published in The Mancunion.

 I hope you enjoy learning about this vibrant record.

 Liz x

Monday, 16 January 2017

Monday, 9 January 2017

Halo Literary Magazine - Five things I wish I could still do


 I have a fiction piece, "Five things I wish I could still do (and one I'm glad I forgot)" in Issue Two of Halo Literary Magazine! The issue's theme is "Embers" and it is available to pre-order now.

 I hope you enjoy my piece.

 Liz x

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Visual Verse - The moon and river


 Just letting you know that my fiction piece "The moon and river" has been published in Visual Verse. We were challenged to respond to the above image by Manon Bellet.

 I hope you enjoy the story!

 Liz x