New Poetry Magazine Seeks Northern Writers

Another fresh arts publication has been through the presses at Potts Print (UK), this time in the form of Butcher’s Dog. As you can see, it’s made quite an impression with our Vicki and our Laura…


Issue One of this brand new bi-annual magazine showcases the work of Northern Writers’ Awards winners from 2010 and 2011, and future issues will be open for submissions.

It’s published by New Writing North, producers of the Durham Book Festival, and has an intro by writer Clare Pollard

These are seven poets to get excited about – new voices that are genuinely new; that make you see the world afresh. Each voice is distinct, but if they share a quality it is bravery – the willingness to step into the unknown: from Luke Allan’s stripped, philosophical wordplay, to Wendy Heath’s vision of Caribou in a ward, to Jake Campbell’s ability to find resonance in the wobble of a wheelie bin. In these pages Amy Mackelden’s cool, unsettling tone makes the whole edifice of popular culture feel unstable; Andrew Sclater’s father is viewed as a light-bulb and Degna Stone’s terrifying ‘Sweet’ reveals that: ‘Girls who taste like Parma Violets / See through armour eyelets’. These are poems that arise from conversation, interested as well as interesting – as in Sophie F Baker’s ‘Poem as anechoic chamber’, they invite the reader to: ‘listen, not to me, but to your own self living.’


A call for entries for Issue Two is open now, until 1st March 2013.

Email submissions@butchersdogmagazine.com with your poetry.

Laurie Cansfield
Corporate Communications Manager
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