Thanks to everyone who came along and supported the launch of Magma 61 at the London Review Bookshop on Friday (15th May). We heard from a great mix of poets including Simon Kew, Geraldine Clarkson, John Wheway and Miranda Peake and our first guest reader, Christine Webb.
We also had an impromptu turn by Gram Joel Davies who read his poem ‘World Away’ on the vagaries of gap years. And to round off the evening Simon Barraclough, read from his latest collection ‘Sunspots’, including his wonderful poem ‘Brightness’, a dark and troubled response to Byron’s ‘Darkness’.
The theme for this edition, ‘The Street’, was a strong creative springboard and generated over two thousand submissions. We hope you enjoy the fifty or so poems we finally chose in addition to the five poems by our selected poet, Amali Rodrigo.