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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 are a not-for-profit community organisation.

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 Louise Buchler / David Caddy

“Electric Blue by Morag Kiziewicz


Regular essayists and reviewers include:

Clark Allison, Isobel Armstrong, Alan Baker, Dzifa Benson, Linda Black, Barbara Bridger, Jim Burns, Louise Buchler, Simon Collings, Belinda Cooke, Kelvin Corcoran,  Jennifer K. Dick, Andrew Duncan, Edward Field, Richard Foreman, Nancy Gaffield, John Goodby, Sheila Hamilton, Graham Hartill, Jeremy Hilton, 
Brian Hinton, Ric Hool, Peter Hughes, Norman Jope, Dorothy Lehane, Duncan Mackay, Mandy Pannett, Fiona Owen, Peter Riley, Jeremy Reed, Guy Russell, Lesley Saunders, Ian Seed, Steve Spence, Frances Spurrier, John Welch, Nigel Wheale, Mary Woodward.

REVIEW BOOKS

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

David Caddy Flats Durweston Mill, Mill Lane, Durweston, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 0QD

Regular contributors include: 

Vasiliki Albedo, Tim Allen, Isobel Armstrong, Alan Baker, Aaron Belz, Linda Black, John Brantingham, Daragh Breen, Valerie Bridge, Barbara Bridger, Louise Anne Buchler, Lesley Burt, Jim Burns, David Caddy, Sarah Cave, Vahni Capildeo, Peter Carpenter, Geraldine Clarkson, Rachael Clyne, Simon Collings, Sarah Connor, Elizabeth Cook, Belinda Cooke, Kelvin Corcoran, Sarah Crewe, Anamaria Crowe Serrano, Beth Davyson, Andrew Darlington, Peter Dent, Jennifer K. Dick, Andrew Duncan, Laurie Duggan, Carrie Etter, Edward Field, Adam Fieled, Melisande Fitzsimons, Richard Foreman, John Freeman, Nancy Gaffield, John Goodby, Mark Goodwin, Cora Greenhill, Charles Hadfield, John Hall, Lucy Hamilton, Lydia Harris, Michael Henry, Jeff Hilson, Penny Hope, Sarah Hopkins, Ric Hool, Peter Hughes, Lucy Ingrams, Lori Jakiela, Nigel Jarrett, Simon Jenner, Norman Jope, L. Kiew, Gerald Killingworth, Basil King, John Kinsella, Morag Kiziewicz, Peter Larkin, Andrew Lees, Elzbieta Wojcik-Leese, Dorothy Lehane, S.J. Litherland, Melinda Lovell, Rupert Loydell, Caroline Maldonado, Sheila Mannix, Rethabile Masilo, Paul Matthews, Chris McCabe, Catherine McNamara, Jessica Mookherjee, Sheila E Murphy, Fiona Owen, Mandy Pannett, Rhea Seren Phillips, Jasmina Belfek-Radovani, Anna Reckin, Peter Riley, Jeremy Reed, Mark Russell, Ian Seed, Gavin Selerie, Aidan Semmens, Lucy Sheerman, Andrew Shelley, Robert Sheppard, Hannah Silva, Iain Sinclair, Simon Smith, Cherry Smyth, Steve Spence, Frances Spurrier, Martin Stannard, Seán Street, Jackie Sullivan, Kim Taplin, Harriet Tarlo, Nathaniel Tarn, Paul Kareem Tayyar, Nathan Thompson, John Torrance, Chris Torrance, Tracy Turley, Robert Vas Dias, Sarah Watkinson, John Welch, Jane Wheeler, Charles Wilkinson, 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 (Associate 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).

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.

Richard Foreman (Fiction Editor)

Joanna Nissel (Social Media Editor)


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