THE CLEARING is an online magazine published by Little Toller Books that offers writers and artists a dedicated space in which to explore and celebrate the landscapes we live in. Our contributors are encouraged to go forth and find distinctive visions that startle us, rural or urban, modern or prehistoric, industrial, post-industrial, fantastical, natural, political, however they come. But each must be meaningful, surprising, felt. We welcome cross-fertilisations of genre and discipline, collaboration and innovation. We want to be inspired and challenged by cultures, practices and stories of places that may be going untold.

We are very pleased that over the last couple of years we have been able to publish new work by Paul Kingsnorth, Katrina Porteous, Tim Dee, Nick Groom, Ken Worpole, Lucy Wood, Robert Crawford, Philip Gross, Neil Ansell, and Eleanor Rees.


Whether you are a writer, visual or sound-based artist, we would be very pleased to hear from you by email:

Please check our submission page before sending work.


Jos Smith is a freelance researcher, writer and poet currently working on a history of the arts and environmental charity Common Ground (funded by the British Academy). He lives in north Dorset.

Luke Thompson is from Cornwall and has recently completed his PhD on the clay country poet Jack Clemo at the University of Exeter. In 2015, Luke edited Clemo’s Selected Poems (Enitharmon) and his biography of Clemo, ClayPhoenix, will be released in May 2016. He also has two illustrated pamphlets of poetry and very short prose due for 2016 publication.

Isabel Galleymore is an PhD student at the University of Exeter where she is researching the role of metaphor in ecopoetics and nature writing with the support of an AHRC award. Her own poems have featured in Poetry Review, Poetry London and other magazines.

Ben Smith has recently completed a PhD in Environmental Poetics at Exeter University. He now works as a freelance editor and lecturer. His poetry, criticism and short fiction have appeared in various journals, magazines and anthologies. His first pamphlet of poetry will be published by Worple Press in Autumn 2014. He is currently working on a poetry collection about wolves.