Welcome to issue 9

Les Fleurs de Novembre

Artwork: Alison Stewart

There’s a Revolution in the Cuckoo nest this issue – we’re questioning the Government, revisiting wars of the past and present, and talking all things protest. The winner of this issue’s Cuckoo Prize is a writer we first met way back in Issue 1: Jacob Armstrong. Jacob never fails to entertain with his inventive poetry and this time we felt that Insurgent, submitted as part of our Revolution theme, well and truly deserved rewarding.

Don’t forget to read Jacob’s other piece, Hieroglyphs, which is featured in Cuttings. Head over to non-fiction to learn why you should spread your wings and give ballet a go – you’re never too old, says Marie Susanne. The flock are still amazing poets, with issue nine seeing a huge number of submissions. Take a look at Veena Chandar’s mixed-media poetry from her anthology Niveous, featuring a reading of Russian Roulette, and Holly McKee reminds us of the need for feminism even in a modern society with her poem, I am a Girl.

Hannah Morpeth, editor, Cuckoo Quarterly 9

Please be advised some of our submissions contain strong language and challenging themes.

The poetry section is stronger than ever this time. Especially exciting is Veena Chandar’s mixed media photography and poetry selection, Niveous, as well as her wonderful video poem, Russian Roulette. We particularly welcome more mixed media pieces and creative ways of presenting poetry. Another stand out piece this issue is Carly Huneke’s innovative and thought-provoking Trigger. So what are you waiting for? Dive in and start reading!

Russian Roulette by Veena Chandar
Color II by Carly Huneke
Trigger by Carly Huneke
Clock Room by Phoebe Thomson
Boston by Cameron Dale
Harbinger by Cameron Dale
Revolutions are not ‘Red’ by Hartley Morgan
I am a Girl by Holly McKee
People of Earth by Lewis Brown
I’ll meet you again in another life, wait for me by Veena Chandar
Permanence by Veena Chandar
Moonlit Dances by Veena Chandar

The range of subjects in our cutting section is very broad this issue. They range from reflections on how future archaeologists will see Tyneside in Jacob Armstrong’s wonderful Hieroglyphs; to the power of the written world in Annie Welton’s Written World. We hope you enjoy this eclectic selection of writing.

Dear Diary by Nicolas Guevara-Mann
Hieroglyphs by Jacob Armstrong
Written World by Annie Welton

It’s all about what happens next in the periodicals for issue nine. We have part four of Daniella Watson’s The Misery of Lizzy, who we’ve been following since way back in issue one! This issue also welcomes the next instalments of Lawfully Scared by Ben Oakes, where there are three days to go until the wedding, and the amazing The Boy and The Storm by Lewis Brown.

The Misery of Lizzy (extract 4) by Daniella Watson
Lawfully Scared (Day Four) by Ben Oakes
The Boy and the Storm (III) by Lewis Brown

Theme: Revolution
What do you think when you hear the word ‘revolution’? For most of our writers, revolution means an uprising. But Daniel Kwiatkowski’s Never Alone took an interesting turn and demonstrated that revolution doesn’t have to involve an army against a government but can involve an internal struggle to find faith. We’ve had an amazing turn-around from our young writers so go and have a read before they rise against you…

Exit Wounds by Luke Hallam
Insurgent by Jacob Armstrong
Never Alone by Daniel Kwiatkowski
Rose-tinted Bandanas by Rebecca Bradburn
The Revolution of Government by Daniel Marcus

We all have celebrities whose work we admire, but do we treat them as we should? In fact, do we treat everyone as we should? Read this and more in this issue’s non-fiction section, which should hopefully be enough to make you look at society, bewildered at its inequality. And, perhaps, inspire you to start a revolution…

Fandom and insanity by Kathy Brown
I’m Sick of Privileges by Hannah Morpeth
A Love Letter To Ballet by Marie Susanne

Melancholy and family fiascos appear to be the themes for this issue’s Shorts. In Mirage we have the portrayal of the desert, but do the sands show all they appear to? Hungry and Greedy Too shows the mournful tale of the loss of a mother and finally, Parcel – quite the opposite – celebrates reconciliation in difficult times. A section not to skim, regardless of how short.

Hungry and Greedy Too by Andrea Abbot
Mirage by Sabrina Ortega-Riek
Selkie by Caitlin Abra
The Parcel by Georgia McLellan
Green Topped Love by Cuckoo Young Writers group, Hexham

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