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Editorial, Pennine Platform No. 87

At some stage in their careers most serious poets attend writing workshops. These events differ widely. Some are closed shops; at others cost is a filter. Some, in pubs, are run by practitioners whose advice is second to none, but are open to anyone who stumbles in with a variation on Roses are Red and ...

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Editorial, Pennine Platform No. 86

More elegies landed on our desk this September than in February. Even dialect poems seemed both to celebrate language and to lament its loss. Here in the northern hemisphere it is autumn, so the mood is partly seasonal: leaves fall, light fades and the environment of recent months inters itself before our eyes. Recognition of ...

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Editorial, Pennine Platform No. 85

What are poetry magazines for? ‘It’s hard to see how a little poetry magazine can make anything happen except satisfy the reclusive vanity of the editor and the poets,’ says Nicholas Bielby in Issue 81 – not perhaps without a tinge of editorial Weltschmerz. He is right, but provocative, as he then goes on to ...

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