Prole reader and writer group

Prole reader and writer group

Reader and writer blog.

This blog is for readers to share their reflections about the poetry, stories and essays published in Prole. Our writers are encouraged to pop in from time to time and contribute to discussion threads.

Brief biographies of our writers can also be found here.

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Jillian and Jonathan, by Jennifer Tennant

FictionPosted by editor Tue, August 20, 2013 21:40:56
Reflection on and reaction to Jillian and Jonathan, by Jennifer Tennant.

Jenny Tennant was born in 1985 and grew up in Manchester. After studying Modern Languages at university, she spent time in China and the USA before moving to France, where she currently works as a teacher and translator.

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Safi, by Toby Vaughan

FictionPosted by editor Tue, August 20, 2013 21:39:37
Reflection on and reaction to Safi, by Toby Vaughan.

Toby Vaughan is a thirty-nine year old business analyst. He has lived in Beijing, Seoul, and London. He is the co-editor and founder of an online short story competition site http://www.overtheredline.com/ has a Masters in Dystopian fiction, and wrote Safi after listening to an interview with a woman whose husband had been a subject of extraordinary rendition by Mossad.


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Crumble, by Jayne Morgan

FictionPosted by editor Tue, August 20, 2013 21:36:58
Reflection on and reaction to Crumble, by Jayne Morgan.

Jayne Morgan is a freelance writer and radio producer who lives in Grahamstown, South Africa. Originally from the UK, she left a good job with BBC Radio 4 for a year's adventure at the SABC in Johannesburg and never managed to get back to England. She now has a husband and two children, earns a living doing more or less anything someone is prepared to pay her for and has just completed an MA in Creative Writing at Rhodes University in the hope she will now stop fretting about writing a novel and actually do it.

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Island Woman, S J Mannion

FictionPosted by editor Tue, August 20, 2013 21:34:26
Reflection on and reaction to Island Woman, S J Mannion.

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Target Man, by Mike Scott Thomson

FictionPosted by editor Tue, August 20, 2013 21:32:51
Reflection on and reaction to Target Man, by Mike Scott Thomson.

Mike Scott Thomson has been a writer since his teenage years. Now in his thirties, and after dabbling in music journalism, blogging and travel writing, he only seriously turned to fiction in 2011. So far his stories have been published by The Fiction Desk, Litro Magazine, Writers’ Forum Magazine and various places online. A short story of his (‘Me, Robot’) was adapted for performance by the theatre group Berko Speakeasy. He was also awarded runner up prize in the 2012 Ink Tears Short Story Competition. Based in Mitcham, he works in broadcasting.

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Talking Pictures, by Tracey Iceton

FictionPosted by editor Tue, August 20, 2013 21:31:09
Reflection on and reaction to Talking Pictures, by Tracey Iceton.

Tracey Iceton is an English teacher and creative writing tutor. She has an MA in creative writing from Newcastle University, was winner of the Writers Block NE Home Tomorrow short story competition and a shortlisted finalist for the 2012 Bristol short story competition with her piece ‘Apple Shot’. Her two, as yet unpublished, novels have been long and short listed in the Cinnamon Press debut novel competition and the Bridge House Publishing prize. Her publication credits include; Litro, Neon, Tears in the Fence, Ride Magazine, The Yellow Room and the Brisbane Courier Mail. She is currently developing her third novel, part two of her trilogy on the Troubles in Ireland while working on publishing part one, Green Dawn at St Enda’s, in time for Easter 2016. She can be contacted through the Society of Authors.

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Missing Pieces, by Michael McGlade

FictionPosted by editor Tue, August 20, 2013 21:29:43
Reflection on and reaction to Missing Pieces, by Michael McGlade.

Michael McGlade holds a master’s degree in English from Queen’s University in N Ireland. He’s the recipient of an Arts Council award. His competition-winning fiction appears in the book Powers Irish Short Story Collection (2012) and in publications such as Green Door, Calliope, OMDB Mystery Magazine, FictionWeek Literary Review. He is editor-in-chief of music publication GigApe.com.

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Hawa, by Samantha Langsdale

FictionPosted by editor Tue, August 20, 2013 21:28:26
Reflection on and reaction to Hawa, by Samantha Langsdale.

Samantha is in the writing-up stages of her PhD at SOAS, University of London. In her spare time she acts as the Managing Editor and PR for GEEKED Magazine. She is a fierce feminist, loves profanity, dreams of someday being a 'real writer', and is forever trying to convince her partner to stay for just one more pint. To read some of her 'ranty' op-eds, log on to www.wegeekedthis.com or find her on Twitter @s_langsdale.

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The Grace Circle, by J.K. Fox

FictionPosted by editor Tue, August 20, 2013 21:27:02
Reflection on and reaction to The Grace Circle, by J.K. Fox.

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Seven Stages of Sin, by Sue Pace

FictionPosted by editor Sun, April 21, 2013 12:51:38
Reflections on and reaction to Seven Stages of Sin, by Sue Pace.

Sue Pace has had almost 80 publications of short fiction, memoir, creative non-fiction and poetry published over the past god-knows-how-many years. She is delighted to have her work included in Prole.



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The Problem Is, by Michael Crowley

FictionPosted by editor Sun, April 21, 2013 12:50:52
Reflection on and reaction to The Problem Is, by Michael Crowley.


Michael Crowley is a playwright and poet. Work as a playwright also includes Beyond Omarska (Box of Tricks Theatre 2006) The Man They Couldn't Hang (published by Waterside Press 2010) A Warning Against Idle Gossip (Trickster 2011). The Cell (2012) 24:7 Festival, Bolton Octagon and You Are Here Festival Canberra. He has written widely for youth theatre and been writer in residence at a young offenders' institution for the last five years. His debut poetry collection, Close to Home is published by Prolebooks (2012).

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Cleanse the Soul, Ease the Longing, by Michail Mulvey

FictionPosted by editor Sun, April 21, 2013 12:49:43
Reflection on and reaction to Cleanse the Soul, Ease the Longing, by Michail Mulvey.

Michail Mulvey, the illegitimate offspring of a gin-addled Dorothy Parker and a Guinness-stained Brendan Behan, is a retired Connecticut educator – 30 years middle school. For the last nine years he has been an instructor of English at Central Connecticut State University. He holds degrees in English and an MFA in Creative Writing. He’s been published in War Literature and the Arts, The Noctua Review, Scissors and Spackle, Hobo Pancakes, Fiction on the Web, and The Feathered Flounder. His short story “The Enemy” was accepted for publication in Remembrances of Wars Past: A War Veterans Anthology.



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The Great Simultaneous Breathing Act, by Jason Vandaele

FictionPosted by editor Sun, April 21, 2013 12:48:56
Reflection on and reaction to The Great Simultaneous Breathing Act, by Jason Vandaele.

Jason Vandaele was born in Belgium, in the years since he has studied, worked and played in Europe, Japan and America, penning short stories along the way.



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The Falang, Mark Plummer

FictionPosted by editor Sun, April 21, 2013 12:47:28
Reflection on and reaction to The Falang, Mark Plummer.

Mark Plummer is twenty-five years old and lives in Cornwall working for the University of Exeter. He has previously had stories published in the United Kingdom, America and Australia. He has also written and performed in plays for Arts Festivals.



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Catman of Greenock, by Jack Brownlee

FictionPosted by editor Sun, April 21, 2013 12:45:15
Reflection on and reaction to Catman of Greenock, by Jack Brownlee.

Jack has been writing for several years, but has only recently began submitting short stories for publication. Prole is the first magazine to publish any of his work. Originally from Gourock on the west coast of Scotland, Jack currently lives in Cyprus with his wife and two children.



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A Fig Still Warm from the Sun, by Sophie Whitley Flavell

FictionPosted by editor Sun, April 21, 2013 12:44:23
Reflection on and reaction to A Fig Still Warm from the Sun, by Sophie Whitley Flavell.

Sophie spent her childhood in South Africa and now lives in the Worcestershire countryside. Her experience of women's servitude during the apartheid and her fascination with coastlines and their fishing heritage is often reflected in her prose and verse. She has written a novel and is currently working on a collection of poetry.

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Olinski, by Phillip Greenacre

FictionPosted by editor Sat, December 08, 2012 22:29:21
Reaction to and reflection on Olinski, by Phillip Greenacre.

Phillip Greenacre is a (British) translator who has spent most of his adult life abroad, including in the United States, Barcelona, Poland and Tbilisi, Georgia.

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The Mackerel Feather, by Sophie Flavell

FictionPosted by editor Sat, December 08, 2012 22:25:38
Reaction to and reflection on The Mackerel Feather, by Sophie Flavell.

Sophie spent her childhood in South Africa and now lives in the Worcestershire countryside. Her experience of women's servitude during the apartheid and her fascination with coastlines and their fishing heritage is often reflected in her prose and verse. She has written a novel and is currently working on a collection of poetry.

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Johari Window, by Jack Brownlee

FictionPosted by editor Sat, December 08, 2012 22:23:01
Reaction to and reflection on Johari Window, by Jack Brownlee.

Jack has been writing for several years, but has only recently began submitting short stories for publication. Prole is the first magazine to publish any of his work. Originally from Gourock on the west coast of Scotland, Jack currently lives in Cyprus with his wife and two children.

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Girls and Boys, by Karen Moore

FictionPosted by editor Sat, December 08, 2012 22:21:16
Reaction to and reflection on Girls and Boys, by Karen Moore.

Karen Moore is a full time writer and journalist living in Greater Manchester. She belongs to Womenswrite, a dynamic group of writers, and her work has been published in print magazines in the UK, USA, and Japan as well as online. She has worked as a "phantom blogger" and her first novel is currently in the hands of agents.

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The Clouds in My Head, by Jack Kline

FictionPosted by editor Sat, December 08, 2012 22:19:09
Reaction to and reflection on The Clouds in My Head, by Jack Kline.

Jack Kline began seriously writing in 2005, although he’d piddled around some with storytelling throughout his life. Jack’s ‘seriously written’ short stories and essays have won several awards and his work has appeared in numerous publications, including the popular Chicken Soup for the Soul book series and Prole’s Issue Six. His collection of short stories, Blowing Carbon, was published in 2009. He lives with his family, dogs and horses near Louisburg, Kansas, USA.

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Mutual Friend, by Nigel Jarrett

FictionPosted by editor Sat, December 08, 2012 22:17:28
Reaction to and reflection on Mutual Friend, by Nigel Jarrett.

NIGEL JARRETT is a freelance writer and winner of the Rhys Davies Prize for short fiction. In October 2011, Parthian published Funderland, his début collection of stories, which was widely praised in the national press and elsewhere and shortlisted for the Edge Hill Prize. His short stories, poetry and journalism appear widely in newspapers and magazines. His stories have been anthologised in Signals-2 (London Magazine Editions), Mother’s Baby, Papa’s Maybe (Cambrensis/ Welsh Arts Council) and Tilting at Windmills (Parthian), and several of his poems are catalogued in the South Bank Centre’s national poetry archive. He reviews poetry for Acumen magazine and jazz for Jazz Journal. He is a lifelong member of the National Union of Journalists and co-led union members at the South Wales Argus in the lengthy national pay strike of the 1970s.

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Art History, by Ted Jean

FictionPosted by editor Sat, December 08, 2012 22:15:51
Reaction to and reflection on Art History, by Ted Jean.

Ted is a recently retired carpenter. He writes, paints, plays tennis with his lovely wife, Lai Mei. His work has appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, DIAGRAM, Gargoyle, elimae, Pear Noir, Magma, Other Poetry, Prole, many other publications.

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The Opportunity, by Zdravka Evtimova

FictionPosted by editor Sat, December 08, 2012 22:14:27
Reaction to and reflection on The Opportunity, by Zdravka Evtimova.

Zdravka Evtimova was born in Bulgaria where she lives and works as literary translator from English, French and German. She has lived and worked as a literary translator in Köln, Germany and in Brussels, Belgium. Her short stories have appeared in the USA, the UK, Canada, Australia, Germany, France, Japan and others - altogether 21 countries around the world. Her latest short story “Time to Mow and Other Stories” was published by All Things That matter Press, USA, 2012.

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Baby River, Prolitzer Prize winner, 2012, by Caroline Healy

FictionPosted by editor Sat, December 08, 2012 22:12:22
Reaction to and reflection on Baby River, Prolitzer Prize winner, 2012, by Caroline Healy.

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Swimming in Grief, by Sue Pace

FictionPosted by editor Tue, August 14, 2012 13:34:55
Reaction to and reflection on Swimming in Grief, by Sue Pace.

Sue Pace has had almost 80 publications of short fiction, memoir, creative non-fiction and poetry published over the past god-knows-how-many years. She is delighted to have her work included in Prole.

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California Zephyr, by CS Mee

FictionPosted by editor Tue, August 14, 2012 13:33:55
Reaction to and reflection on California Zephyr, by CS Mee.

C S Mee is from Birkenhead and currently lives in Switzerland. She is taking an MA in Creative Writing at Lancaster, working on short stories and a novel.

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The Speed of Light, by Anthony Marrian

FictionPosted by editor Tue, August 14, 2012 13:33:00
Reaction to and reflection on The Speed of Light, by Anthony Marrian.

Anthony Marrian began life in Kenya, where he adopted a buffalo calf as a pet. His interests developed to include song-writing, designing and flying kites, tropical fish, bonsai and knitting! He is the resident chef in the family home. In January 2012 his elder daughter told him to get off his backside and start writing. So he did, writing one short story a week for three months. He has started work on a novel depicting a nursery school head as she struggles to do what she considers best for the children despite the ambitions of their pushy parents.

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A Warm Day, by Billy O’Callaghan

FictionPosted by editor Tue, August 14, 2012 13:31:45
Reaction to and reflection on A Warm Day, by Billy O’Callaghan.

Billy O'Callaghan is the author of two short story collections, In Exile (2008) and In Too Deep (2009), both published by Mercier Press. A new collection, tentatively entitled: The Things We Lose, The Things We Leave Behind, will be published by New Island Press in early 2013. Winner of the 2010 Arts Council of Ireland Bursary Award for Literature and several Irish literary prizes, his fiction has appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, the Bellevue Literary Review, Confrontation, Hayden's Ferry Review, the Los Angeles Review, Narrative Magazine, the Southeast Review, Versal, Yuan Yang and numerous other magazines and journals around the world. New work is forthcoming in the Fiddlehead. He also regularly reviews books for the Irish Examiner.

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Twenty-Three Million Days, by Thomas Broderick

FictionPosted by editor Tue, August 14, 2012 13:30:04
Reaction to and reflection on Twenty-Three Million Days, by Thomas Broderic.

While an undergraduate at Vanderbilt University, Thomas Broderick was a writer and then editor for The Slant, the campus humor magazine. In 2006, 2007 and 2008, he had short stories published by The Vanderbilt Review. His fiction has most recently appeared in The Legendary and Curbside Splendor.

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10.08.1945, by David Whelan

FictionPosted by editor Tue, August 14, 2012 13:28:28
Reaction to and reflection on 10.08.1945, by David Whelan.

David Whelan is a fiction writer and journalist based in London. He blogs for Huffington Post and is the Resident Interviewer of Fleeting Magazine. His fiction has been published by Shortfire Press, 3:AM Magazine, Gutter Magazine and Untitled Books, amongst others.

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The Living or the Dead, by Mary McCluskey

FictionPosted by editor Tue, August 14, 2012 13:27:26
Reaction to and reflection on The Living or the Dead, by Mary McCluskey.

Mary McCluskey is a UK journalist with a base in Los Angeles and a home in Stratford upon Avon. Her short stories have been published in literary magazines in the UK, US, Australia and Hong Kong and have been read on BBC Radio 4. She has just completed a novel, which is now in the hands of an agent.

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Shipmate, by Harj Dhillon

FictionPosted by editor Tue, August 14, 2012 13:05:54
Reaction to and reflection on Shipmate, by Harj Dhillon.

Harj Dhillon has participated in the Wesleyan Writers Conference and the Gotham Writers Workshop Fiction and Screenwriting programs. He is currently working on a novel. As far as movies go, he highly recommends TrollHunter.

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The Lovely Water, by Adrienne Silcock

FictionPosted by editor Fri, April 13, 2012 14:04:55
Reflections on and reaction to The Lovely Water, by Adrienne Silcock.

Born in the South of England, Adrienne has lived in France, North Yorkshire and Lincoln, working in community education and mental health services. Her first novel Vermin (Flambard) was published in 2000. Her second novel Controlling Aphrodite was shortlisted for the Virginia Prize 2009. Her poetry and short stories have appeared in various small press magazines, and she was involved in the Voices of Women Leeds performance poetry project in conjunction with Wicked Words Poetry, Leeds. In 1998 she won the Old Meeting House play-writing competition. Recently she has been travelling in Europe, "gathering material", and has nearly finished her third novel. The Lovely Water is part of a short story collection, Tales from the Continent.

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The Job Catcher, by Darren Dillman

FictionPosted by editor Fri, April 13, 2012 14:03:28
Reflections on and reaction to The Job Catcher, by Darren Dillman.

Darren Dillman earned an MFA in creative writing from McNeese State University. He has published a novel, The Preacher (David C. Cook 2009) and his recent fiction has appeared in Shenandoah and the George Washington Review. His work was also selected for 2010 Best of the West. In addition, he won the 2008 Washington Square Poetry Prize. He teaches English and writing at Beijing Normal University-Zhuhai.

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