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Climate Activism as Poetry

Sometimes readers react to ‘subject matter’ over the activity of the poem. They feel anything remotely ‘political’ to be polemical and thus didactic. They feel they “know this information already, so why do they need it in a poem”. That…

Collaboration and Climate Change

Poetry is a universal language, in which we can all hope to meet. Ted Hughes  Sometimes we meet as readers: so the poet will read a science article, the conservationist a poem, we trespass out of our artforms and disciplines…

Poetry on Paper Part II – Putting Poetry into Old Coffee Cups

After a tantalising three months of correspondence with James Cropper Papermill, not to be able to source paper from their recycled range for Magma 72 was a disappointing blow, but it wasn’t exactly a dead-end. Our contact encouraged me to…

Poetry on Paper – part I

No matter where you might be on the spectrum of environmental awareness, most of us who exchange gifts or cards over the Christmas period, (myself included) in the aftermath can feel twinges of remorse about the sheer amount of paper…

Poem: Catherine Opens a Window / Crustacean by Suzannah V Evans

Here is a scary New Year’s treat – a poem from Suzannah V Evans written during the mass die-off of North Sea creatures during the Beast from the East storm in March 2018. I love the way the poem takes…

Magma Open Pamphlet Competition Results

The results of the Magma Open Pamphlet Competition are here! Congratulations to our winner, shortlisted and commended poets.

Poetry Reading: Kathleen Jamie & John Kinsella

Magma 72, The Climate Change Issue Monday 21st January 2019 Magma Poetry working with The Cambridge Conservation Initiative Free Book your tickets here   Looking back to the early 21st century from a few hundred years ahead – if there…

Magma’s Climate Change Issue – the year of editing

Welcome to our blog on Magma’s Climate Change Issue. We’ll be posting every week or two between now and March. We’ll write about the background to the magazine, the editing experience, events etc, and introduce a few guest contributions. Magma…

Launch Event: Magma 72, Climate Change Issue

          Book your tickets here This event will be BSL interpreted  * Thu 29 November 2018 18:30 – 21:00 GMT Exmouth Market Centre Exmouth Market London EC1R 4QE * Looking back to the early 21st century from…

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