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Tears in the Fence is an internationalist literary magazine based in the U.K. Publishing a variety of contemporary writers from around the world, it provides critical reviews of recent books, anthologies and pamphlets and essays on a diversity of significant modern and contemporary English and American poets. Each issue features a number of regular columnists adding wide focus and independent thought on the contemporary poetry world.

We appreciate social and poetic awareness; enjoy what’s spontaneous, strong and direct 
alongside writing that prompts close and divergent readings. 
While our central focus stems from the political 
and socio-economic predicaments of the 
individual in relation to his/her historical and geographical landscape, Tears in the Fence 
is open to other human issues and concerns 
and seeks to be forward-looking in relation 
to current developments within world poetry. We believe in difference and the other. We admire tradition and experiment. We are thus eclectic and encourage localised and wider, divergent reading.

Effective writing perhaps stems from giving 
equal measure to the known and unknown, simplicity and difficulty, sound and sense, in an economic, vivid and uplifting way.


Regular columns include:

“Of Tradition and Experiment”  by Jennifer K. Dick

“Afterword” by David Caddy

“Editorial” by Ian Brinton / David Caddy

“Claims on Spaces” by Kat Peddie

“Electric Blue by Morag Kiziewicz


Regular essayists and reviewers include:

Dzifa Benson, Ian Brinton, Jim Burns, Belinda Cooke, Kelvin Corcoran, Oliver Dixon, 
Laurie Duggan, Andrew Duncan, Suzanne V. Evans, Edward Field, Richard Foreman, Nancy Gaffield, Michael Grant, Sheila Hamilton, Ben Hickman, Jeremy Hilton, 
Brian Hinton, Ric Hool, Peter Hughes, Norman Jope, Dorothy Lehane, Phil Maillard, Mandy Pannett, Neil Pattison, Fiona Owen, Kat Peddie, Jay Ramsay, Peter Riley, Jeremy Reed, Guy Russell, Lesley Saunders, Ian Seed, Simon Smith, Steve Spence, Frances Spurrier, Nathaniel Tarn, John Welch, Nigel Wheale, Mary Woodward.

REVIEW BOOKS

Please send Review Books, journals and pamphlets to the Reviews Editor:

David Caddy Portman Lodge, Durweston, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 0QA

Regular contributors include: 

Tim Allen, Isobel Armstrong, Alan Baker, Anthony Barnett, Aaron Belz, Linda Black, John Brantingham, Valerie Bridge, Ian Brinton, Louise Anne Buchler, Jim Burns, David Caddy, Sarah Cave, Vahni Capildeo, Peter Carpenter, Geraldine Clarkson, Rachael Clyne, Sarah Connor, Elizabeth Cook, Belinda Cooke, Kelvin Corcoran, Sarah Crewe, Anamaria Crowe Serrano, Peter Dent, Jennifer K. Dick, Andrew Duncan, Laurie Duggan, Sally Dutton, Carrie Etter, Edward Field, Adam Fieled, Richard Foreman, John Freeman, Nancy Gaffield, John Goodby, Mark Goodwin, Michael Grant, Cora Greenhill, Catherine Hales, John Hall, Chris Hardy, Michael Henry, Ben Hickman, Jeff Hilson, Sarah Hopkins, Ric Hool, Peter Hughes, Lori Jakiela, Nigel Jarrett, John James, Norman Jope, L. Kiew, Basil King, Peter J. King, John Kinsella, Peter Larkin, Andrew Lees, Dorothy Lehane, S.J. Litherland, Gerald Locklin, Melinda Lovell, Sheila Mannix, Rethabile Masilo, Paul Matthews, Pansy Maurer-Alvarez, Chris McCabe, Catherine McNamara, Sheila E Murphy, Camilla Nelson, Dave Newman, Fiona Owen, Mandy Pannett, Jay Ramsay, Anna Reckin, Peter Riley, Jeremy Reed, Ian Seed, Gavin Selerie, Aidan Semmens, Hilda Sheehan, Andrew Shelley, Robert Sheppard, Hannah Silva, Iain Sinclair, Simon Smith, Steve Spence, Francis Spurrier, Martin Stannard, Seán Street, Jackie Sullivan, Kim Taplin, Nathaniel Tarn, Paul Kareem Tayyar, Nathan Thompson, John Torrance, Chris Torrance, George Ttoouli, Robert Vas Dias, John Welch, Charles Wilkinson, Alison Winch, Lynne Wycherley, Grahaeme Barrasford Young.

Newcomers are always welcome!

David Caddy (Editor) is a poet, essayist, critic and literary sociologist. He was co-author of London: City of Words (2006), a literary companion,with Westrow Cooper. His most recent book is a literary travel novella, Cycling After Thomas And The English (Spout Hill Press 2013). He has published nine collections of poetry. His most recent books of poems are The Bunny Poems (Shearsman 2011), Man in Black (Penned in the Margins 2007), and The Willy Poems (Clamp Down Press USA 2004). His collection of essays, So Here We Are, appeared from Shearsman Books in August 2012. His pamphlet, Spark, is forthcoming from Caterpillar Press in September 2017. He regularly contributes essays to books and journals.

Sarah Hopkins (Fiction Editor) is a poet and critic and the South-West Project Manager of The Reader Organisation. She was formerly fiction and poetry editor of Spare Rib magazine. She is the co-author of Greenham Common: Women At The Wire (Women’s Press 1984). Her poetry books include Good Grief (KQBX 1993).

Ian Brinton (Reviews Editor) is a critic and translator. With Michael Grant, he has translated Poems of Yves Bonnefoy (Oystercatcher Press 2013). A prolific editor and critic, he has recently edited ‘An intuition of the particular’: some essays on the poetry of Peter Hughes (shearsman 2013) and Thrills and Frills: Selected Prose of Andrew Crozier (Shearsman 2013). He is the editor of A Manner of Utterance: The Poetry of J.H. Prynne (Shearsman 2009) and of An Andrew Crozier Reader (Carcanet Press 2012). Other books include Contemporary Poetry: Poets and Poetry since 1990 (Cambridge University Press 2008), Dickens’s Great Expectations (Continuum 2007) and Bronte’s Wuthering Heights (Continuum 2011). He is formerly the editor of Use of English journal and a regular contributor to PN Review.

Dzifa Benson (Web Editor) writes poems, prose, plays and articles and is an established performer on the London poetry, literature and cabaret circuits. Her poetry has appeared in Magma Poetry and the Manhattan Review and her music, film and philosophical journalism have appeared in the Guardian and Philosophy Now. She was a writer-in-residence at the Courtauld Institute of Art from 2007 to 2009 and has performed internationally including London Literature Festival, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, Glastonbury Festival, the Houses of Parliament, on tour with the British Council and at the Shakespeare & Company Bookshop, Paris. More recently she is a fledgling librettist attached to the Royal Opera House.

Louise Anne Buchler (Associate Editor) is a playwright, actress and poet based in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. She teaches Drama and Performance at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal. Her work has been staged at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival.

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Westrow Cooper (Magazine Designer) is a freelance designer.


“Tears in the Fence is one of the best magazines in the world.”  John Kinsella