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News from the Bough

Lots of news at Black Bough of projects, events and new things coming soon.

Tutankhamun review

A thumping review for our Tutankhamun centenary anthology gave this project another boost. For info on the book, click here and for Mab Jones's review (Buzz Magazine) click here

Christmas-winter edition


Our Christmas-winter edition no 4 is out soon. We are running a contest for some final places for both poetry and prose. Check out the info. Don't miss the deadlines!

Book of the Month and reviews of M.S. Evans's 'Nights on the Line'

M.S. Evans received the exciting news that her collection 'Nights on the Line' was the book of the month with Eastridge Review earlier this year with an excellent review by Corinna Board. Check the review out. Nights on the Line: M.S. Evans — East Ridge Review


M.S. Evans has also been reviewed in Poetry Wales by George Sandifer-Smith. A massive boost for the poet with Welsh roots.

The book has also been reviewed by Anne Phillips of Brychan Review. A really perceptive, detailed review.

Street Sailing

Matt Gilbert, our most recent poet with a collection out, continues to sell copies of his book and have requests for readings. We're very proud to have this book on the Bough. For more info on 'Street Sailing', click here.

The Waste Land centenary anthology


The editing for this edition is on a temporary pause while we complete some other projects. Won't be too long until more updates.


Live Zoom open mic

We have a live zoom open mic on Wednesday 13th Sept, 7pm. Come and join in, put your poetry in the shop window.  Click here for more info.

Silver Branch special

Be sure to check out Larissa Reid's Silver Branch feature of poems and photos. These online features are a highlight of editing. Click here. 

Book of the Month


Our book of the month is Sarah Connor's 'The Crow Gods'. More on this excellent book.


Submission call periods

We have a submission period for poetry chapbooks, pamphlets and collections coming soon. Please read the guidance carefully. Click here.


If you would like to enquire about a poetry mentorship, supported by Matthew M. C. Smith , please contact Black Bough to enquire. blackboughpoetry(at)

Charity pamphlet

I've published a charity pamphlet Paviland: Ice and Fire (all proceeds to the Sketty Foodbank) to raise awareness of my campaign for the return of the Red Man of Paviland back to Swansea.


Matt's poetry

Thanks for all the support. It's been a fab year with readings and getting published in Poetry Wales, Ink, Swear and Tears and with other journals; also guest reading for Acropolis Journal. I launched The Keeper of Aeons in Mumbles in June with Cover to Cover and Mumb-ales and have read in Crystal Palace, Newport, Neath, all over the place...

I'm writing a novel - 17,000 words in, set in mythical times.

Summer edition

Marcelle Newbold, our summer edition guest editor, is working on this project at the moment. More news soon.

Pushcart and Best of the Net nominations

From September, we'll be looking over work published in all our projects this year to nominate for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. This is really difficult as we have such quality work.

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