Published by Cinnamon Press
Reaching Out introduces new and emerging voices in both short stories and poetry. In fiction, Joanna Campbell’s ‘Aurora and the Book Trolley’ sees a stricken child using a medical dictionary to spin adults into fantasy worlds way outside their comfort zones – “it’s her way of reaching out to people”, her mother confides to a confused hospital librarian. Meanwhile, Tyler Keevil’s story takes on a more literal ‘Reaching Out’: as a man driving down a mountainside picks up a young hitchhiker with an unusual package.
In poetry, Frances Spurrier’s works see vodka staining light ‘with a translucent guilt’ while ‘images of the great and the good line the tube walls’, before emerging out into ‘piers of shallow chalk lit into wide bays of flint, / shifting dunes and marram grass’.
Rowan B Fortune is assistant editor at Cinnamon Press. His other poetry and fiction anthologies as editor include In Terra Pax, Jericho and The Book of Euclid, all published by Cinnamon. He is currently studying for a PhD at Manchester Metropolitan University.