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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García Lorca at the Movies, by Craig Gibson

FictionPosted by editor Fri, April 13, 2012 14:01:28
Reflections on and reaction to García Lorca at the Movies, by Craig Gibson.

Craig Gibson is a twenty-six year old writer from Belfast. He is the recent winner of the Sean Dunne Young Writers' Award 2012 and has had his work published in Wordlegs. At present he is studying the MA in Creative Writing at Queens University.

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Talking Pictures, by Gareth Evans

FictionPosted by editor Fri, April 13, 2012 13:57:45
Reflections on and reactions to Talking Pictures, by Gareth Evans.

Gareth Evans is a property professional who started life in Wales, where he attended Swansea University to study Geology. He moved to work in the London area, eventually settling in Sussex. He started to write following the death of his wife, and writes short stories and short poems, inspired by a love of nature and his Welsh heritage.

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The Claustrophobia of the Cocoon, by AJ Kirby

FictionPosted by editor Fri, April 13, 2012 13:56:20
Reflections on and reaction to The Claustrophobia of the Cocoon, by AJ Kirby.

AJ Kirby is the award-winning author of four novels (Perfect World, 2011; Bully, 2009; The Magpie Trap, 2008; When Elephants Walk through the Gorbals, 2007), one novella (Call of the Sea, 2010), one novelette (The Black Book, 2011) and over forty short stories. He is also a sportswriter for the Professional Footballers' Association and a reviewer for The Short Review and The New York Journal of Books. He welcomes emails and messages from readers and fellow authors at his website: www.andykirbythewriter.20m.com

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Amanuensis, by Wynn Wheldon

FictionPosted by editor Fri, April 13, 2012 13:54:05
Reflection on and reaction to Amanuensis, by Wynn Wheldon.

Wynn Wheldon is a freelance writer. He has contributed to various magazines and newspapers, including The Observer and The Independent. His poetry has been published in numerous journals, including Acumen, London Magazine and The Spectator. A chapbook, Tiny Disturbances, is published by Acumen in April. He is the author of many books, including The Father and Child Companion (MQP). He lives in London.

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Giuseppe, Get Your Gun, by Joe Urso

FictionPosted by editor Fri, April 13, 2012 13:52:03
Reflections on and reaction to Giuseppe, Get Your Gun, by Joe Urso.

In describing himself, perhaps writing his own epitaph would be the most truthful, and concise: He was 51. He spent most of his adult life cleaning restaurants and bars during the day which gave him the freedom to write at night. He was in love with the same woman for 39 years. Though never married and often apart, they were devoted to each other.

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Driving Sharon Crazy, by Sue Pace

FictionPosted by editor Sat, November 26, 2011 11:12:52
Reflections on and reaction to Driving Sharon Crazy, by Sue Pace.


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The Taj Mahal of the North, by Emma Sweeney

FictionPosted by editor Sat, November 26, 2011 11:11:25
Reflections on and reactions to The Taj Mahal of the North, by Emma Sweeney.

Emma Sweeney has published short stories in various literary magazines in the UK, USA and Ireland, such as Nerve, Ducts and Dublin Quarterly. She has also won various writing competitions (including an Arts Council Escalator Award and a Royal Literary Fund Award) and been shortlisted for various others (including The Asham Award, International Fish and Wasafiri Prize). Emma divides her time between writing (she is a writing fellow of Armenia's Arts and Cultural Studies Laboratory and New York's Byrdcliffe Artists' Colony) and lecturing at New York University in London.

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The Window's Wife, by Meredith Miller

FictionPosted by editor Sat, November 26, 2011 11:10:35
Reflections on and reaction to The Window's Wife, by Meredith Miller.

Meredith Miller was born and raised on Long Island in New York, and lived in New Orleans for many years before moving to the UK. As a performance artist and workshop leader, she has promoted community-based writing in New York, Oregon, New Orleans, and Plymouth, where she now lives. She is also an academic with research interests in Marxism, gender and the history of the novel. Meredith is a widely published writer of fiction and non-fiction and is currently completing her second novel, Fish-shaped Island.

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Never Trust a Man with Egg on his Face, by Mark Piggott

FictionPosted by editor Sat, November 26, 2011 11:08:56
Reflections on and reactions to Never Trust a Man with Egg on his Face, by Mark Piggott.

Born in Manchester, England, Mark Piggott is the author of two novels, Out of Office (2010) and Fire Horses (2008), both published by Legend Press, London, U.K. Magazines to have published his short stories and creative non-fiction include Aesthetica, Pulp Books, Open Wide and 3:AM. He’s had dozens of major features in the Times, Guardian, Independent, Express, Sunday Express, Telegraph, Observer and more. He also lectures in creative writing at universities nationwide. After a lifetime of startling debauchery, Mark now lives peacefully in London with his wife and children and is working on a new novel and some other stuff.

http://www.markpiggott.com/

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Vague, by Zdravka Evtimova

FictionPosted by editor Sat, November 26, 2011 11:07:19
Reflections on and reaction to Vague, 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 USA, UK, Canada, Australia, Germany, France, Japan etc altogether 21 countries in the world. Her latest short story “Pale and Other Postmodern Bulgarian Stories” was published by Vox Humana Publishing, Canada/Israel, 2010.

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Trumpet City, by Jaki McCarrick

FictionPosted by editor Sat, November 26, 2011 11:05:26
Reflections on and reaction to Trumpet City, by Jaki McCarrick.

Jaki McCarrick is an award-winning playwright, poet and short story writer. She has been published in journals such as The Dublin Review, Irish Pages, Wasafiri Magazine, Poetry Ireland Review, Southword, Stony Thursday Book, Cyphers, Brace (an anthology of short fiction published by Comma Press), The Frogmore Papers. Her short story, The Visit, won the 2010 Wasafiri Prize for New Fiction (judged by Romesh Guneskera) and is to appear in the 2012 Anthology of Best British Short Stories, edited by Nicholas Royle and published by Salt.



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Christmas with the Pack, by Jack Kline

FictionPosted by editor Sat, November 26, 2011 11:04:39
Reflections on and reactions to Christmas with the Pack, by Jack Kline.

Jack Kline began writing in 2005. Upon returning to Kansas University, he earned the Goldie L. Case Award, KU’s highest undergraduate writing award, and later an Ozark Writers Showcase Award, its top honor. His collection of short stories, Blowing Carbon, was published in 2009 and is available worldwide from Amazon. He lives with his family, dogs and horses near Louisburg, Kansas. Coyotes serenade from the woods nearby.



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Devil‘s Eye, by Barbara Leahy – winner of the Prolitzer Prize, 2011

FictionPosted by editor Sat, November 26, 2011 11:01:35
Reflections on and reaction to Devil‘s Eye, by Barbara Leahy – winner of the Prolitzer Prize, 2011.

Barbara Leahy lives in Cork, Ireland. She has been writing short stories for almost two years. She was recently shortlisted in the Over The Edge Writer of the Year competition, and won the NewsFour short story competition in August 2011. She is delighted to have won the Prolitzer Prize and to have her work published in Prole.


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PoMo, by Stephen McQuiggan

FictionPosted by editor Mon, August 08, 2011 15:16:31
Reflection on and reaction to PoMo, by Stephen McQuiggan.


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Gravel, by Daniel Davis

FictionPosted by editor Mon, August 08, 2011 15:14:17
Reflections on and reaction to Gravel, by Daniel Davis.

Daniel Davis was born and raised in Central Illinois. His work has appeared in various online and print journals. You can find him at www.dumpsterchickenmusic.blogspot.com

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Mrs O‘Riordan‘s War, by Malcolm Dixon

FictionPosted by editor Mon, August 08, 2011 15:12:37
Reflections on and reaction to Mrs O‘Riordan‘s War, by Malcolm Dixon.

Originally from Liverpool, Malcolm Dixon studied writing and fiction at the University of Minnesota. His work has appeared in many literary journals, both in the UK & overseas. He now lives on the Kent coast (in what he thinks of as a form of quasi-exile) with his wife & two daughters.



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On Courage, by Dan Clements

FictionPosted by editor Mon, August 08, 2011 15:10:42
Reflections on and reaction to On Courage, by Dan Clements.

Dan is a former Royal Marines Commando. He is currently completing a collection of fiction short stories based on the war in Afghanistan.

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Small Hours, by Ford Paul Waight

FictionPosted by editor Mon, August 08, 2011 15:09:44
Reflection on and reaction to Small Hours, by Ford Paul Waight.

Ford P Waight is a UK writer, artist and musician living in France.

He has had a number of poems and stories published in the UK. Currently he is working on short stories and likes “to create ordinary moments in which to inject a sense of the extraordinary.”

Ford has had numerous art exhibitions in the UK and has played drums in bands since the age of 15.



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Sweet, by Peter Barlow

FictionPosted by editor Mon, August 08, 2011 15:08:21
Reflections on and reaction to Sweet, by Peter Barlow.

Peter’s work has appeared in Confluence and The Puckerbrush Review, and is forthcoming in Chiron Review, Black Market Review, and Zouch Magazine and Miscellany, as well as the “Coming Unglued” anthology from The McCroskey Memorial Internet Playhouse. He received his MFA Creative Writing at Fairleigh Dickinson University, and serves as a reader for that school’s journal, The Literary Review.



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…as ever, by Kim Manton

FictionPosted by editor Mon, August 08, 2011 15:05:52
Reflections on and reaction to …as ever, by Kim Manton.

Kim Manton has lived most of her life in the Riverina district of southern NSW. She plays the piano, not very well.

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More dangerous than nothing, by Jimmy Shea

FictionPosted by editor Mon, August 08, 2011 15:04:38
Reflections on and reaction to More dangerous than nothing, by Jimmy Shea.

Jimmy Shea was born in 1983 but is still not dead. He grew up in a village in Wiltshire but now lives in the beautiful city of Bath where he enjoys playing live music and sitting in beer gardens. He's previously had music reviews, poetry and abstract fiction published, and is currently working on a steady flow of exciting new projects including short stories, non-fiction and a novel.

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A song of Saira, by Rebecca Stonehill

FictionPosted by editor Mon, August 08, 2011 15:03:39
Reflections on and reaction to A song of Saira, by Rebecca Stonehill.

Rebecca Stonehill lives in Twickenham with her husband and three young children. She has had many short stories published in small press magazines and is currently working on a novel, set in the Spanish Civil War. She blogs at http://www.motherwrites.blogspot.com



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Blood red orange, by Sara Basrai

FictionPosted by editor Mon, August 08, 2011 15:02:21
Reflection on and reaction to Blood red orange, by Sara Basrai.

Sara Basrai comes originally from London but now lives in New York City. She used to teach in inner London schools. Her short stories and poems appear or are forthcoming in various online and in print publications including: Grey Sparrow Press, The Battered Suitcase, Cantara Press, 34th Parallel Magazine, Mused and Protestpoems.org. Besides writing, Sara enjoys the cultural delights of New York, as well as traveling in the USA with her husband and two daughters. She is very fond of animals and has a shelter cat.

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Issue Five

FictionPosted by editor Sat, August 06, 2011 13:19:23
Issue five is now available from our website. A fantastic collection of fiction and poetry. Bios of all our contributors will appear here in the next couple of days.



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In the Air, by Adrienne Silcock

FictionPosted by editor Thu, April 14, 2011 20:10:12
Reflection on and reaction to In the Air, by Adrienne Silcock.

Adrienne Silcock's first novel Vermin (Flambard) was published in 2000. Her poetry has appeared in Other Poetry, Psychopoetica and Miracles and Clockwork (Other Poetry Editions, 2005). She was involved in the Voices of Women performance poetry project in conjunction with Wicked Words Poetry, Leeds, and won the 1998 Old Meeting House play-writing competition. Her second novel Controlling Aphrodite was shortlisted for the Virginia Prize 2009. Born in the South of England, she has lived in France, Yorkshire and Lincoln.

http://www.adriennesilcock.co.uk/blog/

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The Woman Who Asked Questions, by Sue Pace

FictionPosted by editor Thu, April 14, 2011 20:08:27
Reflection on and reaction to The Woman Who Asked Questions, by Sue Pace.

Sue Pace has had over 50 short stories published in a variety of literary and commercial venues. Most recently, her work was published by Nimrod International Journal after receiving an honorable mention in the Katherine Anne Porter competition.



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Ten Thousand Hours, by Mark Piggott

FictionPosted by editor Thu, April 14, 2011 20:06:42
Reflection on and reaction to Ten Thousand Hours, by Mark Piggott.

Born in Manchester, England, Mark Piggott is the author of two novels, Out of Office (2010) and Fire Horses (2008), both published by Legend Press, London, U.K. Magazines to have published his short stories and creative non-fiction include Aesthetica, Pulp Books, Open Wide and 3:AM. He’s had dozens of major features in the Times, Guardian, Independent, Express, Sunday Express, Telegraph, Observer and more. He also lectures in creative writing at universities nationwide. After a lifetime of startling debauchery, Mark now lives peacefully in London with his wife and children and is working on a new novel and some other stuff.

http://www.markpiggott.com/

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Palanquins & Concubines, by J. H. Martin

FictionPosted by editor Thu, April 14, 2011 20:05:08
Reflection on and reaction to Palanquins & Concubines, by J. H. Martin.

J. H. Martin is from London but lives in Tongzi, Sichuan, China. His prose and verse have appeared in a number of publications in Asia, Australia, the UK and the USA.
http://thebamboosea.wordpress.com



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The Story of Ames Jackson, by Keith M. Judge

FictionPosted by editor Thu, April 14, 2011 20:03:07
Reflection on and reaction to The Story of Ames Jackson, by Keith M. Judge.

Keith M. Judge is a writer from Chicago currently attending Columbia College Chicago's MFA Creative Writing program. The Story of Ames Jackson is his first published short story.



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Collecting at Number Seventeen, by Lara S Williams

FictionPosted by editor Thu, April 14, 2011 19:56:56
Reflection on and reaction to Collecting at Number Seventeen, by Lara S Williams.

Lara S. Williams is a British/Australian writer who has been published or has work appearing in over twenty international literary journals including Voiceworks, Cordite, Antipodes, Islet, Blue Crow, page seventeen, Magma, Island, Mascara, Agenda, MiPOesias, Blue Fifth Review and Orbis. After creating the blog The Great Affairs she regularly self-publishes travel articles and is currently the copy editor of Open Radio North Korea in Seoul. She is undertaking her masters at Edinburgh University in September.



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The Mottled Oyster, by James Tobias

FictionPosted by editor Thu, April 14, 2011 19:55:44
Reflection on and reaction to The Mottled Oyster, by James Tobias.

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Flurk, by Jason Vandaele

FictionPosted by editor Thu, April 14, 2011 19:54:40
Reflection on and reaction to Flurk, 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 Devil‘s Piano Player, by Stephen Ross

FictionPosted by editor Fri, November 26, 2010 21:27:50
Reflections on and reactions to The Devil‘s Piano Player.

Stephen Ross is a mystery writer whose stories have appeared in the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, the Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Cosmos Magazine, and Prole. Stephen is currently the only New Zealand author regularly contributing to the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, with his latest story appearing in the December 2010 edition. You can visit his website at: www.StephenRoss.net

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Snapshot: Loving Son, by Laura Milsom

FictionPosted by editor Fri, November 26, 2010 21:26:25
Reflections on and reactions to Snapshot: Loving Son.

After 6 years travelling and teaching in South America, Laura is now living in London and working as en editor and writer for a charity magazine. She is currently writing her first novel and has had other stories and poems published online. She recently started a blog which you can read at http://birdoftheforest.blogspot.com. When not writing, Laura loves running, skiing, reading and travelling.

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The Volchev File, by W Jack Savage

FictionPosted by editor Fri, November 26, 2010 21:24:56
Reflections on and reactions to The Volchev File.

Walter “Jack” Savage is a retired broadcaster and Associate Professor of Telecommunications and Film. He is a graduate Mankato State University in Minnesota and received his Master’s Degree from California State University, Los Angeles. Jack published a collection of his twelve best short stories entitled Bumping and Other Stories. Eight stories from that collection have since been published in both online and print magazines. More With Cal and Uncle Bill is his first novel and State Champions was published the same year. His third novel, The Children Shall Be Blameless is nearly finished and will be out next year. He and his wife Kathy live in Monrovia, California.

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