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Christmas & Winter - Volume 2

Black Bough Poetry returns with a second volume of poetry inspired by winter, Christmas and other festivals 

Our second Christmas & winter anthology

The Christmas-winter edition, volume 2, features over sixty writers from across the world and beautiful illustrations by professional, Gower-based artist Emma Bissonnet, who provided the distinctive woodcut art in colour for the first anthology, last year (2020/21).

Writers in the 2021/ 22 volume include Ness Owen, Angela Graham, Kathy Miles, Ankh Spice, Jenny Mitchell, Elizabeth Kemball, Lauren Thomas, Jude Marr, Rachel Deering, Rhona Greene, Z.R. Ghani, Lynn Valentine, Polly Oliver, Alice Tarbuck, Sarah Connor, Katie Jenkins, Iris Anne Lewis, Gaynor Kane, Dai Fry, Richard Waring, Mick Jenkinson, Tim Fellows and many more.

The book was edited by Matthew M.C. Smith and sub-edited by Damien B. Donnelly and M.S. Evans, who all contribute poems. 

Keep updated with this page as it is in development!

Soundcloud Playlist (for the writers)

Dear writers of Christmas/ Winter volume 2,


We really hope you record your work from the book and upload it to Soundcloud, sending the link to M.S. Evans, sub-editor, who is curating this online playlist of poets reading their own work. Please see attached instructions on how to do this.


You can read the title of your poem and say your name and then read - that usually works best. The instructions are pretty clear, hopefully! Please ensure the audio is very clear without background noise.


Check this page regularly for updates.

We are aiming to launch the Soundcloud playlist on Sunday 12th December so please send by Thursday 9th December. All enquiries to M.S. Evans please. 

For Contributors

We had so many submissions this year, there is overspill for an edition next year. This will be worked on over 2022 in time for next Christmas. We will be updating poets who were accepted for more than one poem for this year and will have more to be published. We also have several poets who will be featured next year (accepted this year but not featured in this edition). So much amazing work!

If you are a poet/ writer published this year, please check your e-mail periodically (some get blocked by Office 365 or go into junkmail), please get in touch about discounted contributors' copies which are primarily for UK and Ireland residents due to postage costs but please discuss. Amazon should be the best option for most worldwide territories.

If you are a contributor and have any queries, you can e-mail blackboughpoetry(at) or direct message on Twitter. 

We will be promoting everyone involved in this edition so keep updated on Twitter, Insta and Facebook. We'll also be compiling a Soundcloud playlist of writers reading their own work.

For information on our first Christmas and Winter edition, please go to this page 

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