Hello, readers! I’d say ‘What’s up?’ but that would be a little strange since you can’t answer me. Unless you have… gosh, I hope you aren’t in a public place. Anyway, exam season in the UK is over for the most part and what better way to celebrate than with another issue of Cuckoo? Through the fog of revision and the anticipation of results day, Cuckoo Quarterly has emerged as a burst of light.
Before jumping into this issue, we have new and exciting Cuckoo Specials that some of you budding writers might want to get your teeth into. For Lonely Hearts, all you need to do is write us a lonely heart advert for a character you’ve created (max. 40 words). Get involved with the Literary Agony Aunt and write a letter from the point of view of a famous literary character (max. 100 words), and we’ll even reply to the best ones. Finally, everybody’s favourite – rants. Simply tell us about something that really gets on your nerves (max. 300 words).
Last issue we awarded our first CASH PRIZE. We’re proud to announce Lewis Brown’s poem The Wolf Who Came to the Door has graciously swanned its way into our hearts and won this issue’s Cuckoo Prize!
As always, the rest of the poetry category is fabulous with Where the School Was, The Staff are Striking and many more. We received an array of takes on this issue’s letters theme including Attention Please! and First Class. The fiction section is thriving once again, with exploration of the mentally ill in Cats (don’t worry it has nothing to do with the musical), to the unpredictability and darkness of The Ocean. Periodicals are bulking out nicely with the first instalment of The Boy and the Storm, whilst Stick Girl and Lawfully Scared are still in swing.
Whilst all our lovely contributors have been busy, we’ve also been hard at work in the Cuckoo Young Writers group in Newcastle. We got our first ever commission from Apples and Snakes, and have since worked with poet John Challis and musician David Brewis to create a Newcastle soundscape (which is a fancy way of saying we wrote poems and collected sounds round and about Newcastle). It was broadcast on Basic FM but you can have a listen to it here:
What are you still here for? Cuckoo Quarterly 7 is here!
Kidding, we’ve one more important thing to mention…
The next issue of Cuckoo Quarterly will mark its SECOND BIRTHDAY! To celebrate, we’re spreading our wings and opening a Cuckoo Shop at Durham Book Festival. How exciting! More information about this will be posted on our Twitter and Facebook pages so follow and like to keep up to date.