Issue 22: Cocky Rocky

A letter from the editorial committee

Welcome to Flash, Issue 22: Cocky Rocky!

We have had a smashing term, coming after our venture into print publication. From our collaboration with Bailrigg, to the delightful launch party for Issue 21, we are rapidly moving towards the end of a year that marks a series of firsts for Flash.

This issue will proudly be presented at our Flash Fiction event, which we hope
will start a new tradition for our journal, following in the foot steps of our annual Poetry by Candlelight. There is nothing quite as touching and emotional, as standing in a room surrounded by people who share a love of writing, and we are incredibly excited for it. We have to, once again, thank the department of English and Creative Writing, for supporting us and believing in us, and we hope we are doing them proud by presenting some of the best, most finely-crafted fiction the Lancaster students have to offer. None of this would be possible without the tireless effort of the Flash committees before us, and the passion and dedication of the current committee members, but most importantly, none of this would be possible without our readers! We are so grateful to each and every one of you, for picking up this issue!

We are incredibly excited to unveil all the wonderful works that are contained
between these covers – there is so much beautiful literature for you, dear reader! We
hope that you enjoy this, and find something that speaks to you, specifically, a flash of inspiration, if you will.

Congratulations to the winner of our Editors’ Choice Award: Sam Steele, with Cocky Rocky. A great thanks to every one of our contributors who submitted – this issue
would not be possible without you! We look forward to working with you again!

The Flash Editorial Committee



The Editors’ Choice Piece:
Cocky Rocky

By Sam Steele, with commentary from Matt Tattersall

‘Sam Steele’s poetry has a lively, playful air that hums with the energy of the up-and-coming modern poet; like Cocky Rocky’s awestruck fans, we can’t help but be taken along for a ride as we are given the full soundscape experience.’

Suicide in the Trenches
By Sam Steele, with commentary from Matt Tattersall (see above)

Wayward Station
By Peter Adach, with commentary from Jenny Grealis

‘Peter’s piece works with the tension of the unknown, and the different reactions people embody. It explores the paradox of knowing how to find your way without understanding exactly where that is.’

Painted Lady
By Shelley Lau, with commentary from Alice Hiley

‘Shelley’s Painted Lady is a dramatic monologue-esque insight into beauty and the passing of time. The disruptive exclamations really get across the narrator’s inner turmoil and fragile sense of self-worth.’

The Circle of the Scarlet Flower
By Javier Orella, with commentary from Teodora Nikolova

‘Javier Orella’s poem is a beautiful lyrical journey into a different world. In his own words, the focus of the poem is disaster – not ominous, but simply evocative. In that sense There are some delicate hints of T.S. Eliot’s The Wasteland in it, and the imagery for the Scarlet Flower gently alludes to Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book.’

By Frances Leeson, with commentary from Ruth Jones

‘Frances’s piece Miss is an uplifting piece about the realities of working with children, offering an insight into the head and the passion of the persona. The comedic yet honest style of the piece creates a dimension to Miss that is quite touching, yet entertaining.’

Love is a Tiger
By Daniel England, with commentary from Jess Phillips

‘Daniel England’s poem Love is a Tiger is at its core an exploration of the human condition, our ability to love regardless of hardship. Its central metaphor is individual enough to give the poem a unique edge, its brutality as striking as its beauty.’

Stand in the Sun
By Ashley Grimshaw, with commentary from Srishti Kadu

‘Ashley Grimshaw’s piece explores alienness by experimenting with form. Grimshaw’s
writing style and subtlety add immense depth to the characters and a distant war-torn
planet, so different and yet in many ways the same as ours.’

24 Frame Life
By Rishab Talwalkar, with commentary from Katie Simpson

‘Rishab Talwalkar’s 24 Frame Life tackles a prominent issue of mental health in a modern day society. Talwalkar demonstrates his unique style with a twenty four line stanza which reads as a stream of consciousness piece and injects existential idealism.’

Like. Share. Subscribe.
By Rishab Talwalkar, with commentary from Katie Simpson

‘Rishab Talwalkar’s Like. Share. Subscribe is a thought-provoking poem surrounding prominent and important issues around the world. The use of a first person ‘I’, ironically, projects a rather selfish narrative in order to convey a message about the importance of active protests and behaviour.’