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  • The UK’s favourite nature book: announcing the shortlist   On December 13th the shortlisting panel met at Avon Wildlife Trust’s Folly Farm Centre. The panel members were Mike Collins from the Arts…

  • A poem by Stephen Watts

    FRAGMENTS     his father was from farming folk Braes of Munlochy staunch man among other staunch men from the Black Isle Eilean Dubh but the language was lost generations back  …

  • An Interview with Stephen Watts

    Stephen Watts is a poet and translator based in East London. He has published numerous collections of poetry, including Mountain Language: Lingua di Montagne (translated by Cristina Viti, 2009) and Ancient Sunlight (2014), and the prose work Republic…

  • New poems from David Troupes, Katherine Robinson and Robert Okaji

    ‘Some seeds are buried, others scattered.’ Poems by three American poets on landscapes close to their heart.     Indian Brook by David Troupes   A looking glass—a black gutter hurrying the…

  • New Poems from Sumana Roy

    I Want To Be a Tree   I want to be a tree.   I know that this desire lives outside the curriculum. Irrationality is man’s favourite home – One man’s love…

  • Seasonal Change – New Poems from Jos Smith, Isabel Galleymore, Ben Smith and Luke Thompson

    This week we mark a change in the editorial panel of The Clearing. For the last four years, since its beginnings in August 2013 with Katrina Porteous’ ‘The Refuge Box’, we have…

  • New Poems from Robert Peake and Jack Thacker

    Collective  A chastity of hawthorn, a smirch of blackberries, a wince of stinging nettle.  Adam named the beasts, but the tribes of wildflower name themselves:  You say “Grove of beeches.” They say,…

  • New Poems from Sally Flint

    Dare   The kingfishers appeared more like darting fish; their wings skimmed the dappled water, assured they knew the measure   of every bend along their flight. We were surprised by their…

  • What Can Folk Horror Tell Us About Our Landscape? – Adam Scovell

    Folk Horror is a term that has become synonymous with a wide variety of culture in recent years. From film and television to literature and music, the broadness of the description belies…

  • New Poems from Marc Woodward

    Calf Eye   The clump of gawkers stood around to watch a digger lift the dead calf from the beach.   A Devon Red, it’s beaten hide sand-caked, twisted legs flung out,…

  • Fell Year by Kelly Sullivan

    Fell Year   1.   As if there was snow. Petals across the paths, knee deep of them, the flowers battered in a gale and lightning   raked across the patch of…

  • New poems from Richard Skelton

    Richard Skelton is an artist, composer and publisher. He has written over seven books and thirty albums of music. Together with the Canadian poet Autumn Richardson, he runs Corbel Stone Press. The…