Agenda is one of the best known and most highly respected poetry journals in the world, having been founded in 1959 by Ezra Pound and William Cookson.

It is edited by Patricia McCarthy, who co-edited the magazine with William Cookson for four years until his death in January 2003. She is continuing, as Seamus Heaney said, ‘to uphold the lofty standards of Agenda’.

"Agenda is one of the two literary periodicals in Britain. I admire it for its attentiveness to all kinds of contemporary poetry… and its consistent stress on the importance of poetry in translation from other languages." Thom Gunn

"Agenda, as the title insists, does several things that need to be done if literary culture is to stay in good shape. First of all, it stimulates and sponsors new poetry by poets whose writings and espousals have given the magazine its personality from the beginning. Agenda has a second important function which it discharges by doing work of critical advocacy for poets of marked or under-rated achievement, living and dead." Seamus Heaney

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                       Published by Agenda Editions 22nd Aug 2014

                  

This elegiac poetry collection is haunting, harrowing and uplifting. The personal subject matter expands beyond itself into the universal. Medland’s voice is gutsy, honed and he brings back to life his beloved father in this compelling sequence. He bravely exposes a way of dealing with the shock of a cancer diagnosis and proves the human spirit can shine through in the most difficult of times. The vignettes later in the book capturing an England that has almost vanished reminiscent of Larkin.

                                                                                           W S Milne

Biography:

A primary school teacher in Norfolk for much of his life, Stuart Medland has always written for children and two collections of poems, Pine Cone & Harvest Mouse, published by Lark’s Press, are from these years.

    Much of Stuart’s writing results from his passion for natural history and a forthcoming book, Rings in the Shingle, published by Brambleby Books, is a poetic celebration of the wildlife of the North Norfolk Coast inspired by his own photographic encounters. Ouzel on the Honister, a collection of poems culled from his many visits to the Lake District where he has a small cottage, is currently in preparation with Original Plus.

    He is a regular contributor to Agenda and has had other individual poems published in Poetry Cornwall and Obsessed with Pipework.

    Stuart has a grown-up son, Dan, and a daughter, Col, and has strong family connections with the West Country. He lives with his long-time partner, Beth, in the Norfolk village of Hindringham.

     Last Man Standing is Stuart’s first major collection.

ISBN: 978-1-908527-16-5

96 pages

£10.00

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                          Horses Between Our Legs 

                                     Patricia McCarthy   

               

Patricia McCarthy’s National Prize winning poem, ‘Clothes that escaped the Great War’ follows on from the wonderful poems written by poets like Owen and Sassoon about their war experience, to show the grief of the women who were left behind.

                                                                            Vicki Feaver, Poetry Review

 

This is a terrific collection. Patricia McCarthy is an irresistible teller of unforgettable stories, of the ‘buckling cart’ carrying ‘clothes that escaped the Great War’, of the haunting relics of a requisitioned horse, ‘your hairs preserved in silent dandy brushes’. Her skilful poems recall, in urgent rhythms, the lost and brave, the galloping women of the Nursing Yeomanry, who ‘sat tall’, the ‘Munitionettes’ in ‘toxic fumes’: ‘Lilian, Mabel, Elsie, Pearl’.

                                                                            Alison Brackenbury

Patricia McCarthy’s impressive new collection excavates fascinating new perspectives on the Great War. Whether writing about her own family history or well-known figures, her deft and delicate verse achieves the admirable task of rendering the personal universal, as well as offering a new sense of intimacy to wider historical conflicts. Sweeping through it all are the poet’s beloved horses – heartbreakingly requisitioned for active service in the war, as McCarthy fashions eloquent and poignant memorials to ‘each hoof, bone, sinew’. Above all, here are poems which achieve the rare distinction of  standing both inside and outside time, as McCarthy observes of Franz Marc’s Blue Horse paintings, ‘in a future already their past’.

                                                                            Josephine Balmer

ISBN: 978-1-908527-18-9

55 Pages

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                 Vol 48 Nos.1-2 Publication date, 1st August 2014

 

              


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                              Submission Policy Change

      From April 2012 Agenda will only be accepting submissions via e-mail

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Patricia McCarthy reads 'Clothes that escaped the Great War', winner of the first prize in the National Poetry Competition 2012

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Special Exiles audio feature focusing on home sickness by Irish poet, Eamon Grennan.

From 'Emigration Road', a dramatic recital for two voices (Sean Coyne & Tegolin Knowland from Renvyle, Connemara)

 

Poem on the Olympics:

                    Phil Cohen: Toasting the 'twentytwelvers'

 

New poems by Anne Ryland and Belinda Cooke (with photo)

Colin Wilcockson:poem

'Through a Glass Darkly'

Sophie Hannah: Sisson's influence on her novel

Loveday Why, chosen Broadsheet poet, responds to Rory Waterman's review of Don Paterson's Rain in Fiftieth Anniversary issue of Agenda

Mario Petrucci: essay

MICHELANGELO  and  SHOSTAKOVICH

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Young essayist who has another essay in the 50th Anniversary issue of Agenda:

N. Bryant Kirkland:

Warts and All

Martial’s Epigrams: A Selection

 

 

James Kirkup, born April 23, 1918, and died May 10, 2009:

2 unpublished translations

 

Eddie Linden remembers John Heath Stubbs

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