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8th March

Yes it's March, watch out for mad hares and that fellow Brutus.

Before we get to the new edition, a bit of news:

Erstwhile contributor Bruce Harris has been in touch he would like you all to know about his new web-site at www.harriscentral.org It has interview material from Joanne Harris, Alison Moore, Sue Moorcroft and other leading writers.

The site is intended to provide support for the Huntington’s Disease Association, following his partner being diagnosed with this hereditary illness in October of last year. A worthy cause.

Meanwhile back here on plain old Winamop we're settling in to 2017 quite nicely. This March edition is quality all the way.

We'll start with, as always, stories..

it says "stories"

Donal Mahoney's father came to the US from Ireland at a time when relations between the Irish and the occupying English were very bad. His youthful zeal for the cause of Irish independence had landed him in serious trouble. He never forgot his mistreatment, but he did learn a new trick..
read this!

 

Martin David Edwards makes a welcome return now with The Happiness Retreat a story in which a man goes to a weekend happiness retreat, determined to get a refund. He'd rather have had a lawnmower..
read this!

 

This little fantasy from JD DeHart takes us to a land where dragons roam and Odin (occasionally) walks the streets unrecognised (due to his unusual coiffure). It's called Raven Man.
read this!

 

KJ Hannah Greenberg has been trying to decide what Halloween tricks to play next year. She doesn't want another Halloween like last year! (Channie's word of the month is "periphrastic" meaning "circumlocutory" or "roundabout").
read this!

 

Martin Green gets philosophical in this tale. Is our life's path all mapped out for us from the start? Or do we have the option to change course? Or do we just think we have? I don't know - but watch out for the cat.
read this!

 

it says "poems"

Martin Friel has turned his hand to poetry this time. This captures the essence of a life not quite complete as the art in the soul is suffocated by the mundanities of daily life. It's called Death of the artist. I like it!
read this!

 

It's good to have another suite of poems from John Grey . He really immerses you in the scenes. Here we have: Blood Rites, In Their Field, Art In Wartime, Suburban Neighborhood - Full Moon, Into Each Life and The Young Woman Who Will Be Old Some Day.
read this!

 

Michael Lee Johnson has sent in another collection of his poetry. Here we have Sing it Frank - Physical Therapy, Ding Dong School, Compliance, Give Me Booze or Give me Jesus and Journaling, Labeling Theory .
read this!

 

That's all we have for now, I enjoyed the selection and I hope you did too.

You are welcome to contribute to the site, just email me your writings in almost any format except PDF because they are a bit of a fiddle to deal with.

The email button is at the bottom of the page.

I'm off to see the sun now, back in April.

Ed.

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