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some of the small press poetry magazines, a lot of places are struggling now that their Arts Council funding is being withdrawn.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. Her writing centres around protagonists who are on a journey of self-discovery and who explore their identity by overcoming adversity. 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 ezine, with her writer husband, Joseph Robert. Aside from literary pursuits, Leilanie enjoys spending time with her husband and their lively literary tot, a voracious reader of construction vehicle books. CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA: https://mailchi.mp/17e6ca162ff3/leilanie-stewart-author

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