“Spring Cycle” by James Aitchison

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Spring cycle


When winter leaves

Leaves grow again,

Again the buds of spring

Spring into life,

Life takes on a new meaning,

Meaning of course it’s spring.


Spring, when winter leaves

Leaves grow again,

Again the world is new,

New — and freshly scented,

Scented with flowers and hope,

Hope that trouble, like winter, leaves.

“Is Fake News Monkey-business?”  by Celia Berrell

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Is Fake News Monkey-business? 




and being



fake news

is skewing

our rationale.


No more


on things

that are boring.

The dash

to get printed

or famously best,

means stunning

results might

have lied on

their tests.


Then doors,

opened hastily,


a calamity,




and mess!


“Spring” by Margaret Brazzale

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The birds that  graced my garden through Winter’s cold

Now, melodically, spend their time

Calling for a mate among their kind

Or inspecting nest sites new and old.

Thus, has Spring’s renewal unfurled

In my small corner of the world.


                                                            Margaret Brazzale

“A Street? Of Many Names“ by Toni Newell


A Street? Of Many Names


Walking down a street,

It occurred to me,

Why was it called a Street?

The question bothered me.

So many different names,

For a thoroughfare,

Roads, Groves and Avenues,

Were examples to share.

Boulevards and Terraces,

The Drive and The Place,

Different names for much the same,

A carriageway or space.

A Court, Close and Cul-de-sac

Meaning, no through road,

Highway, Freeway, Motorway,

My mind’s in overload.

Esplanade and the Bend,

Parade and also Cove,

Heights and the Muse,

Of words a treasure trove.

The Crescent, Way and Alley,

Let’s not forget the Lane,

I’m sure I’ve missed a few,

I find this quite insane.

So many different words,

In essence mean the same,

Each word takes you somewhere,

But by a different name.

Buzz Words Short Story Prize

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Please read below information on a short story competition.
How about you give this a go?


Submissions for the third annual Buzz Words Short Story Prize are now open! Presented by the Australian children’s literature e-zine Buzz Words, the 2020 Buzz Words Short Story Prize celebrates excellence in Short Story writing by adults writing for children and fills a gap in the children’s literature award landscape.

There will be two prizes: first is $1,000 and second is $500. The word limit is 1,500 words. Entries close on 31 October 2020. The fee is $10 per entry payable through PayPal or cheque payable to Di Bates. A long list of twenty will be announced in Buzz Words on 15 Novemberand the winning entries on 1 December 2020. Terms and Conditions and downloadable entry form can be found on the link http://www.buzzwordsmagazine.com/p/2020-prize.html


“Broomfield Park” by Katherine Gallagher


Broomfield Park


A moorhen busies herself,

rocks this way and that

on a wave-washed nest.


Swans float in late afternoon chill,

shadows lengthen,

chestnut buds swell.


Forsythia trembles the breeze –

pastel-green willows barely move

dipping branch-tips into the lake.


Every year I wait for this –

first flowers, trees leafing

on sculpted branches,


reflecting in the water

their steadfast

cascades of green.


©Katherine Gallagher

“Spoon Villages” by Toni Newell


Spoon Villages


Walking around my suburb,

I noticed we’d increased today,

In several streets there were villages,

Of spoon people on display.


Villages made by children,

Welcomed us all to view,

Some carried an invitation,

To add a spoon or two.


I thought it was a great idea,

A community on the verge,

Where there were no restrictions,

And visitors they did urge.


Spoons were brightly dressed,

Standing together as one,

I’m sure that all the children,

In creating the village had fun.


Helping children to cope,

Inspiring normality,

Embracing imagination,

Dealing with Covid reality.