What you left out   by Laura Scott

What you left out by Laura Scott

What you left out   by Laura Scott The first time I heard it, its notes went through me like milk through water, clouding into my bones so I knew the end before it had even begun. I sat and listened as you told me the story of the old man and his three daughters, how...
September 2013

September 2013

When I came to type up the poems I’d accepted for the ‘Summer’ Rialto (No. 78) I found I was several pages short of an issue. So I have had to do some concentrated reading to find more, excellent, poems. And at about the same time as I was doing this...
The Cley Little Festival of Poetry

The Cley Little Festival of Poetry

Date – Saturday May 25th 2013 Guiding Principle Three poets are invited: One well-known poet plus two protégés. The invited poet invites two lesser known &/or unpublished poets (whose work the guest poet feels is unfairly little known or under-rated). All...

Sheep – Michael Mackmin

If I invert Sir Philip Sidney’s famous maxim (‘to teach and to delight’) I get a statement, of sorts, that the key to learning to be a reader of poetry is in the ability to learn and to be delighted. And here’s something that will help tune you...

A day at the poetry

The Cley Little Festival of Poetry, in my experience, circles around the village of Cley but doesn’t settle there, ranging between Sheringham and Wiveton along the coast road. They very generously invite me to suggest themes, poets etc., from time to time and...

Riding the Line

I was moved to write this piece after reading a Robert Penn article in this month’s Cycling Plus where he argues that poetic thinking and cycling are incompatible, and quotes Diane Ackerman: “When I go biking… the world is breaking someone else’s heart”. It’s a strong...

Education in poetry

This is the first of what will hopefully become an ongoing series of guest blogs featuring regularly on The Rialto website. Education in poetry During the day, when I’m not writing, you can find me running an antiquarian bookshop in North London, surrounded by...

Cley Little Festival of Poetry 2011

Michael Mackmin, Hannah Lowe and Jack Underwood at the Cley Little Festival of Poetry on 28th May 2011. The full programme is as follows: 10.30am – 11.30/12.00am Closely Shared British Columbia Hall | Admission £5.00 Michael Mackmin, poet and Editor of Rialto, plus...