Monthly Archives: November 2016

The Ham – Call for submissions

Hello! Submissions are now open for issue #2 of The Ham. We’re looking for short-fiction, poetry, art, and photography based around the theme(s) of ‘Change & Stasis’. Please s…

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Ronovan writes#125 Gold and sing

Golden heads of corn

await the singing sickles

harvest harmony

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A Short Analysis of A. E. Housman’s ‘When the bells justle in the tower’

Enigmatic, shows how much can be read into four short lines if correctly crafted. My thanks again to the composer of this wonderful blog for picking for us these literary gems

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A reading of a haunting short poem

‘When the bells justle in the tower’ is a short poem comprising a single quatrain, written by the poet A. E. Housman (1859-1936) although not published until after his death, when it appeared in Additional Poems in 1939. W. H. Auden admired the poem. It was described by Housman editor and critic Christopher Ricks as the best thing Housman ever wrote.

When the bells justle in the tower
The hollow night amid,
Then on my tongue the taste is sour
Of all I ever did.

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Talking Tales #11 – 10th December – Bristol


The end of 2016 needs laughter and genius in equal measure – it’s been quite a year. Luckily, Talking Tales #11 is going to defy the dodgy exit polls and deliver on its promises.

What we promise is all of this:

  • Stories of humour, comedy, the surreal and absurd, but most of all…THE FUNNY!
  • The launch of the To Hull and Back Short Story Anthology 2016 brought to you by the amazing Mr Christopher Fielden
  • Fabulous readings by some fabulous authors
  • The best cover in history
  • Gratuitous use of the word ‘awesome’ – don’t say I didn’t warn you
  • And you? A few places remain for submissions on a humorous theme.

Submissions for Talking Tales#11 close on 2nd December.                            

E-mail your story (to be read in less than 10 minutes) to:

Event details – are stupendously straight-forward:

…venue:     Left Bank, 128 Cheltenham Road, Stokes Croft, Bristol BS6 5RW

…time:       doors at 6.30pm on

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Ronovan writes #Weekly #Haiku #124 Dream and Dare

Only when I dream,

I dare to seek the answer

with no sense of doubt


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8 Short Poems by Emily Brontë Everyone Should Read

It’s a pleasure to sit and re-discover such literary gems as these little known facets of a famous name

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The best Emily Brontë poems

Although she is best-known for her one novel, Wuthering Heights (1847), Emily Brontë started out as a poet and left behind some widely anthologised pieces of verse. Below are eight of the shortest and sweetest of the poems she wrote before her untimely death, from tuberculosis, at just 30 years of age.  The two great poems we haven’t included are ‘No Coward Soul Is Mine’ and ‘Remembrance’, because they’re slightly longer; but you can read ‘Remembrance’ here and ‘No Coward Soul Is Mine’ here.

1. ‘All hushed and still within the house’. This is a short piece, almost a fragment. The powerful two-word phrase ‘Never again’ and its near-synonyms (consider Edgar Allan Poe’s use of ‘Nevermore’ in ‘The Raven’) is put to effective use in this seven-line verse:

All hushed and still within the house;
Without – all wind and driving rain;
But something whispers to…

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A Very Short Biography of Sir Thomas Wyatt

Perhaps a film in the vein of, “A man for all seasons,” should be made featuring this Thomas’ life. A very interesting character to whom a debt of gratitude is owed for his introduction of so many poetic forms.

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The interesting life of the Renaissance poet

Sir Thomas Wyatt (1503-42) was one of the most accomplished English poets of the Renaissance. Writing over half a century before Shakespeare, Wyatt helped to popularise Italian verse forms, most notably the sonnet, in Tudor England. In this post we offer a very brief introduction to Sir Thomas Wyatt’s life, paying particular attention to the most interesting aspects of his career.

Born at Allingham Castle in Kent, England in 1503, Wyatt first joined the court of King Henry VIII as ‘Sewer Extraordinary’ – this, disappointingly, had nothing to do with lavatories and was instead the title for a servant who waited at table.

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Historical Literature at the LLandeilo Book Fair Dec 10th

Sounds like an event not to be missed if possible


Here are some of the many historical literature delights waiting for you  at the forthcoming Llandeilo X-Mas Book Fair on Dec 10th
Judith Arnopp
Her main focus is on the
perspective of historical women from all roles of life, prostitutes to queens.
Her ninth novel, The Beaufort Woman, Book two of The Beaufort Chronicles following
the life of Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry VII, has just been released.
Her novels include: The Beaufort Bride, The Beaufort Woman
(Book One and Two of The Beaufort Chronicles); A Song of Sixpence; Intractable
Heart; The Kiss of the Concubine; The Winchester Goose; The Song of Heledd; The
Forest Dwellers, and Peaceweaver.
For more information:
Llandeilo based author Christoph Fischer
was born in Germany, near the Austrian border, as the son of a Sudeten-German
father and a Bavarian mother.

His first historical novel, ‘The Luck of

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10 of the Best Poems about England

Reminders of what makes our beautiful country great if only fleetingly. The words will live on longer than the subject, except in memory.

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The best poems about the English countryside

The English countryside is a perennial theme in English poetry, so choosing ten of the greatest poems about England’s green and pleasant land is not an easy task. But one must start somewhere, so here is our suggestion for ten of the best poems about the English countryside, from Shakespeare to Philip Larkin. What would make your list? We’ve tried to avoid making this list a simple rundown of pastoral favourites, and to think more widely about what we mean by ‘England’ and ‘the English landscape’. We hope you find something of interest among our list.

William Shakespeare, John of Gaunt’s speech from Richard II. Okay, so this is a pretty obvious choice, but we didn’t feel we could leave out such an iconic speech about England – even if Gaunt’s eloquent rant isn’t so much a ‘poem’ as a speech from…

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Thank you from Fictive Dream!

It’s been six months since the first short story was posted on Fictive Dream and what a roller coaster it’s been. We’re getting increasing exposure all the time and from all over the world. We’re i…

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