Issue One – April 2014
I am thrilled to have been asked by the Creative writing MA students on Westminster’s Writing the City programme to write a short foreword to the first edition of their online magazine the Wells Street Journal, which will consist of fiction and poetry pieces written by the group. The concept for the journal, along with the production of the magazine has been initiated entirely by the students. I wish them all well with this exciting new venture.
Rachel Lichtenstein, artist, writer and lecturer
What I love in poetry is the element of surprise. When words show us the world in a new light or startle us out of our complacency. Poems are often traditionally associated with the natural world, the beauty of rural landscapes or flowers. Yet as more and more of us live in cities, much contemporary poetry is increasingly inspired by the urban.
They say if you’re tired of London, you’re tired of life and that is because it is a city that is constantly surprising the huge variety of people who live there. That vibrancy and diversity is reflected in the poems presented here. There is a freshness to the language used, an excitement at discovering one of the great capitals of the world, and a fearlessness at tackling the good, the bad and the ugly. Enjoy!
Aoife Mannix, poet, writer and workshop facilitator