A letter from the editorial committee
Welcome to Issue 19: Leave Me To The Autumn Wind!
This is the first issue to be published in the 2016/2017 academic year, as well as the first issue to be published under the new editorial team. We have received an overwhelming number of submissions this issue, making it a really good start to the year.
This, of course, we could not have done without the help of the Lancaster University English Department, nor without the hard work of the editorial teams of previous years. Their passion and ambition has led Flash to develop in so many ways, from hosting launch parties, presenting awards and holding grand events such as last year’s Flash Floods and Poetry by Candlelight.
We have been working closely with Bailrigg FM to feature the best of Flash’s work on the radio. Some of the pieces from this issue will be broadcasted over the next half of term. For our future issues, we will also be opening up submissions to radio plays, so keep an eye out for that!
We have a lot more exciting stuff planned for the year ahead. For the time being, however, we have to keep quiet about our plans, but we are very excited to reveal them when the time comes!
Without further ado, we are proud to present Issue 19, named after Leave Me To The Autumn Wind by Georgie Kett, who has been awarded the Editors’ Choice plaque below.
We hope you enjoy the issue!
The Flash Editorial Team
The Editors’ Choice piece:
Leave Me To The Autumn Wind
by Georgie Kett, with commentary from Matt Tattersall
‘Leave Me To The Autumn Wind is a thoroughly seasonal poem, in many senses of the word. Georgie Kett’s imagery plays heavily upon the change from autumn to winter, merging the textural, with the colourful, as well as a touch of the sublime. The sonnet form pursued here blends the ‘warmth’ of Petrarch’s Italy with the ‘new winds’ of Spenser and the English sonnet, to create a hybrid addressing love, nature, and changing emotion.’
Little Attic Room
by Siobhan Regan, with commentary from Jess Phillips
‘Little Attic Room has its roots firmly placed in the Gothic. Reminiscent of the Victorian woman’s domestic confinement, the poem builds a steady flow of tension to a shocking denouement. From its innocuous beginning to its haunting end, Siobhan Regan has crafted an eerie tale of the scorned woman, perfect for the nights drawing in.’
by Stacey Woodbridge, with commentary from Katie Simpson
‘Stacey Woodbridge’s Stains is a deeply rhetorical, coming of age short story. It is a poignant recollection of tales and adventure, giving an eloquent nod towards childhood memories and relationships. The myriad of characters presented along with her attentiveness to nature allows for a blend of realism and vivid imagery. Woodbridge’s chatty yet enigmatic style makes for a truly authentic read.’
by Betty Doyle, with commentary from Alice Hiley
‘Planting Strawberries is a beautifully simple and seasonal poem, moving from a close-up of the texture of the soil to a general feeling of nurturing and care. Betty’s stripped-back style and delicate imagery make this a subtly and brilliantly moving piece.’
Last Night’s Nightmare
by Katherine Maynard, with commentary from Jenny Grealis
‘Katherine Maynard’s Last Night’s Nightmare explores the conflicted thoughts of a narrator who no longer trusts her perception of others, and expresses her pain at discovering that her romance wasn’t panning out the way she believed it to be.’
by Charlotte Adamson, with commentary from Srishti Kadu
‘Silence is a dark poem exploring the narrator’s struggle with mental health issues. Charlotte’s writing is full of distressing and eerie imagery that tends to haunt the reader long after they have read it.’
by James Bone, with commentary from Teodora Nikolova
‘PINT is a beautifully crafted, emotional piece that delves deep into the psyche of a tortured young man. The characters and atmosphere are crafted with masterful attention to detail and a beautiful lyrical language. This is highly accomplished prose. Bone’s style is highly reminiscent of Oscar Wilde.’
by Sianna Boschetti, with commentary from Ruth Jones
‘Sianna’s piece Dropouts is an honest articulation of a fear that all students know well, that of graduating. Her frank and honest style really brings out the characters’ anxieties at the idea of leaving something behind, and not feeling ready to move on. I really enjoy her snappy, clever dialogue, as it offsets the heavy subject matter with a light-hearted feel from the characters.’