All the latest news, blogs and opinions from staff and guest writers.


Introducing our new pair of assistant editors

We’re delighted to announce the next two assistant editors who will be taking part in our Editor Development Programme: Will Harris and Joanna Thompson.  They will be working with Michael and me (Fiona) on the next issue of The Rialto for early 2017 and will have...

April 2016

I thought that as it's April I'd put a photo of primroses at the head of this Newsletter. So I went up to the coast to the place I thought I'd get a good picture, along the cliffs east of Cromer (yes, contrary to the famous Noel Coward quote, there are cliffs in...


Nature and Place

We have had a few anxious emails asking what exactly we are looking for in entries for this competition, (apart, of course, from poems that reach out and intoxicate the reader). I'm going to try to answer this, but unfortunately, for those of you who like clear and...

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Kate Wakeling on Writing

It’s taken me ages to find my way with writing, to feel that I was allowed, internally, to get on with it. From there, it’s been a brilliant and slightly terrifying experience to put a first pamphlet together, and I’ve maybe not yet quite caught up with the idea of it...

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What are they looking for?

Shall I let you into a secret? Despite writing poetry seriously since 2010, despite my MA in Creative Writing and despite running a poetry magazine since 2012, I often think I have no idea what I’m doing. Sometimes it’s true. The nagging suspicion that I’m winging it...

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The Tempest at the Hippodrome

If you can get to Great Yarmouth this week please do so and go to the Hippodrome. They've got the most astonishing production of The Tempest that I've ever seen. The Hippodome is an old indoor circus space, it's a bit like being inside a work by Peter Blake. When you...

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The Cab Rank Principle

I’ve been thinking about the law over the last couple of weeks. Not that I’m in any trouble I hasten to add – apart from the usual one that I’m sure some of you have also been quizzed on by other members of the family…

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Guest Blog: On Tŷ Newydd – Breda Wall Ryan

Guest Blog: On Tŷ Newydd – Breda Wall Ryan

‘Our latest blog is by Breda Wall Ryan who was a prize winner in the 2013 Nature Poetry competition. Breda writes of her experience on the week-long course generously donated by Tŷ Newydd’. Naturally I was thrilled when my poem ‘The Inkling’ was awarded third place in...

Laura Scott goes to Greece

Laura Scott goes to Greece

My Rialto pamphlet won the Michael Marks prize, and part of the prize is that you get to go to Greece for two weeks to be the poet in residence for Harvard University’s Hellenic summer school. I think if someone were to ask me what was the best single thing about this experience, I would say that it showed me how to write about big things without fear.