‘A Story’ in Far Off Places

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Far Off Places is a creative writing and illustration magazine based in Edinburgh, that was launched early in 2013.

Their vision is “to create a stage for emerging writers to strut their stuff, both traditional and experimental. We hope to reach, enchant and grip readers who wouldn’t ordinarily pick up a poetry magazine. We believe in beautiful craftsmanship, where choice of font and paper type is an artistic decision.”

The writing in this first issue ‘Fairy Tales Retold’ is striking, imaginative, and seasoned well with those special touches of dark comedy particular to the strangeness of fairy tales.

Oh, and it also has one of my poems in it, which starts like this…

A Story

Like dreams that steal the air from your lungs:
alcohol; sex; annihilation; thought; forgetfulness;
in a few years time maybe a residue in your mind.

Stains.

“Tell us a story?” they asked, not knowing
the impossible task.

…. if you’d like to read the rest, then you can download a digital copy of the magazine for just £1.99 at Faroffplaces.org.
However, if you feel that you’d like a little more teasing first, you can get a FREE teaser edition of the magazine HERE.
And you can read it in the British Library too – which is pretty cool!

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