Reading between the lines with some of the small press poetry magazines, a lot of places are struggling now that their Arts Council funding is being withdrawn. On my travels a couple of weeks ago, I came across this blow-up Stonehenge in Ravenscourt Park. Although tempted to unleash my inner 3 year old and have some childish fun, I resisted, but I was amused (purely in an ironic sense) to see that it was funded by none other than the Arts Council. So that’s where all the money is going… on bouncy castles! So many great little zines are folding in the name of inflatables. No criticism intended of course… it’s still artistic and nearly the same size as the real thing, not to mention fun for all the big kids out there, like myself. But arguments aside, come on poetry mags – burn rubber!

Sacrilege… Arts Council funded blow-up Stonehenge.


About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is a writer, poet and literary blogger. Her debut poetry pamphlet, A Model Archaeologist, was launched in 2015 with Eyewear Publishing and her second collection, Chemotherapy for the Soul, was published by Fowlpox Press in 2017. She is a prize nominated poet, having been longlisted for the Melita Hume Poetry Prize 2014, and her poetry and fiction was selected for the 'Best of the Web' Storm Cycle Anthology 2014, published by Kind of a Hurricane Press. Leilanie is also Editor in Chief of Bindweed Magazine, a poetry and fiction online magazine that also publishes a quarterly print anthology. She currently lives in Belfast with her writer and poet husband, Joseph Robert. Literary blog: Meandi Books: Bindweed Magazine:

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