Category Archives: Stanza News

Our webpage is a Good Thing


I’m a Facebook fan…. I check in several times a day to see what chums are up to, poetry chums in the main. Yesterday, for example, Facebook was full of Heaney poems posted by sad poets mourning his loss. Facebook, used wisely, is a good thing. Not, perhaps, an opinion shared by all of you. However…

Our Stanza webpage could be as informative as Facebook and less of a hot potato. All we need do (and I’m including myself in this good-talking-to) is check in every day, make comments when moved to, and keep each other informed of poetic thoughts, words and deeds.

That’s all. For now. The now that is 09.09  31 August 2013.


Robbie Burton

Submissions Opportunity

The Poetry Of Shropshire

Offa’s Press is publishing an anthology of the poetry of Shropshire, edited by Simon Fletcher and Jeff Phelps, in October 2013. We intend to include heritage material by A.E.Housman, Wilfred Owen and Mary Webb plus other well-known ‘Shropshire poems’ as well as a strong selection of contemporary voices from Shropshire or using Shropshire as a subject.

To support this anthology we shall be running writing workshops on ‘the poetry of place’ at Shrewsbury, Bridgnorth and Oswestry libraries in the coming months: July 6th, Bridgnorth library, 2-4pm; August 3rd, Oswestry Library, 11am-1pm. Tickets for all workshops cost £7/£5.

Poets interested in submitting work should send up to 4 poems (max 50 lines each) including extracts from longer poems (max 50 lines also) plus a brief biographical note (max 40 words) to Offa’s Press, 2, Ferndale, Pant, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY10 9QD between June 1st and August 31st. Submissions outside this window will not be considered.

Poets might like to consider the following topics: landscape, history, geology, flora, fauna, local history, characters, childhood memories, folklore, legends, sacred places, rivers and so forth.

Please include an SAE if you want your work returned. We are unable to enter into any correspondence and the editors’ word is final. If you haven’t heard anything from us by the end of September you can assume your submission has been unsuccessful.

Please watch out for the launch events in October/ November. There will be no fees but all successful contributors will be sent a free copy of the anthology and invited to one or other of the launch events. Copyright remains, of course, with contributors.

Any queries please email: