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In flight

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We're really excited about our latest bijou edition of imagist poetry, In flight, guest edited by Marcelle Newbold, with cover art by Emma Connolly, two Cardiff-based creatives. There's something for all poetry lovers here from closely-observed nature poems, to the surreal and the erotic.


It's a first for us in being able to publish a beautiful poem by Welsh literary icon and former National Poet of Wales, Gillian Clarke, who has a new book released with Carcanet, The Silence (2024).

Joining Gillian Clarke with equally mesmerising poems are:

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Yvonne Marjot - a kiwi poet living on the Isle of Mull.

Merril D. Smith - New Jersey-based author of River Ghosts.

Rebecca Hooper - a writer and scientist living on a remote Scottish island.


Mark Antony Owen - author of Subruria and editor of iamb and After...


David Hay - Manchester-based author of Saxon Suite


Anna Chorlton - author of Cornish Folk Tales of Place.

Robert Frede Kenter - author of Audacity of Form and editor of Icefloe Press.

Anne Phillips - An award-nominated Welsh writer.

Gayle J. Greenlea - An American-Australian writer.

Emma Jones - a writer, poet and Mum of two living in Shropshire.

Iris Anne Lewis - an award-nominated, Silver Branch-featured Welsh writer

Karen Pierce Gonzalez - San Franciso-based writer and author of Coyote in the Basket of my Ribs.

Jared Mulhair - husband, father and spoken word poet. First publication with Black Bough.


Matthew M. C. Smith - editor in chief and poetry Twitter mogul.

Glenn Barker - regular contributor to, and reviewer for, Black Bough.

Helen Openshaw - a drama teacher from Cumbria, published with Hedgehog Poetry.

Miles Hovey - Pushcart Prize-nominated writer based in West Wales.

Ness Owen - Arachne Press and Parthian Books-published writer from Ynys Mon, North Wales.

Lesley Curwen - poet, sailor, former BBC presenter.

Regine Ebner - award-nominated writer from the Sonoran Desert.

Marcelle Newbold - Widely published, Welsh poet from Cardiff and guest editor for this edition.

Sarah Connor - Devon-based writer and author of The Crow Gods and The Poet Spells Her Name.

Saraswati Nagpal - award nominated Indian writer.


Jo Dixon - widely published creative writing lecturer at De Monfort University.


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About the edition artist


Emma Connolly is a multi-award winning artist from Co. Wicklow, Ireland. She is a Master of Fine Art and has over 20 years experience as a professional artist. During this time she has successfully exhibited internationally in New York, Cuba, Dublin & Berlin.

Emma’s work is featured in many public and private collections including the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Zurich Insurance, the Law Society of Ireland, the Office of Public Works Dublin, Queen’s University and the University of Ulster.

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About the Guest Editor


Marcelle Newbold's writing explores place and inheritance.

Best of the Net and Pushcart Prize nominated, Bridport Prize shortlisted, runner up in the Walk.Listen.Create writing competition, and winner of the Poetry in the Arcades competition,  her poems have been published in online and print magazines including Propel, Ink Sweat & Tears, iamb, and Fly on the Wall Press. Her writing has featured in recent print anthologies by Black Bough Poetry, Maytree Press, Wild Pressed Books, Icefloe Press, and Indigo Dreams. She was managing editor of Nightingale & Sparrow literary press 2021-2024, and was the coordinator for Gloucester Poetry Festival 2021.

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