Reading between the lines with some of the small press poetry magazines, a lot of places are struggling now that their Arts Council funding is being withdrawn. On my travels a couple of weeks ago, I came across this blow-up Stonehenge in Ravenscourt Park. Although tempted to unleash my inner 3 year old and have some childish fun, I resisted, but I was amused (purely in an ironic sense) to see that it was funded by none other than the Arts Council. So that’s where all the money is going… on bouncy castles! So many great little zines are folding in the name of inflatables. No criticism intended of course… it’s still artistic and nearly the same size as the real thing, not to mention fun for all the big kids out there, like myself. But arguments aside, come on poetry mags – burn rubber!

Sacrilege… Arts Council funded blow-up Stonehenge.

About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is an author and poet from Belfast, Northern Ireland. She has written four novels, including award-winning ghost horror, The Blue Man, as well as three poetry collections. Her writing confronts the nature of self; her novels feature main characters on a dark psychological journey who have a crisis of identity and create a new sense of being. She began writing for publication while working as an English teacher in Japan, a career pathway that has influenced themes in her writing. Her former career as an Archaeologist has also inspired her writing and she has incorporated elements of archaeology and mythology into both her fiction and poetry. In addition to promoting her own work, Leilanie runs Bindweed Magazine, a creative writing literary journal with her writer husband, Joseph Robert. Aside from publishing pursuits, Leilanie enjoys spending time with her husband and their lively literary lad, a voracious reader of sea monster books. CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA:

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