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Sally Spedding writes: Keep up the good work. A wonderful publication. Ros Garland’s photographs really make Dream Catcher 31 special.

From Sam Smith of The Journal:

“…a beautiful production, sits comfortably in the hand. What became evident in my reading was how I was drawn – unbeknowingly, the author’s names being at the bottom of the page – to certain authors. For instance the first poem that drew me in was Ann Heath’s When You were Seven, only to discover later that that she was also author of Dark Peak. Sam Kemp’s Marshland and Three Months after Writing Became Currency also had me hooked. My taste was not wholly author-centric, for instance I much preferred David Cooke’s poems with the shorter lines; and there were plenty of stand-alones – Julie Barber’s Borderland, Owen Gallagher’s Therapist Talking, Graham Buchan’s Male and Jean Stevens’ Sparrowhawk. The outstanding poem in this issue for me though was Ilse Pedlar’s He Turned the World Around.

Read what Sam Smith of The Journal magazine wrote about issue 31:

Dream Catcher once again  brings readers the best of contemporary verse, prose and illustration in the 31st issue of the magazine, available from July 2015.  Dream Catcher 31 is particularly rich in work that takes us across that line from where we are, comfortable, to another place, sometimes one which feels not at all familiar. One of the joys of poetry, of fiction, is how they can both turn the world upside down, or create new worlds, as well as casting a sideways glance at the world we have.  We have Andrea Bowd’s The Loud and the Dead, Philippa East’s chilling inversion of the TV game show in The 2000 Calorie Man, Emily Drew’s excursion into the world of zombie memory, and, less edgily, Sam Kemp’s conversion of the writer’s stock in trade, words, to currency. 

We have included sequences or groups of poems which reflect an author's continuous engagement with a subject.  We also have Marion Ashton in New Orleans, David Cooke in North East Lincolnshire, and Ann Heath in Not Barmouth.  In each case a real location is used to step off into other places of the mind.

Through our partnership with  the art gallery According to McGee, we have the stunning  black and white photographs of Ros Garland both on the cover and through the magazine. Ros’ photographs are from the 1970s and ’80s and represent a world that has largely disappeared and these images remind us of a world that is largely lost.

Looking forward to Dream Catcher 32, due at the end of 2015, we are pleased to welcome Pat Borthwick,  a well-known North Eastern poet, long associated with the Yorkshire Open Poetry Competition to be guest editor.  As well as having a keen eye for the well constructed poem, Pat is particularly interested in flash fiction and would love to see your submissions.  Send hard copy by mail to the contact address.  Deadline for receiving copy for the next issue is 15th September 2015.

Dream Catcher is available now from our bookshop or from Inpress Books.

Dream Catcher magazine, other Dream Catcher Books publications, and books by the Editor Emeritus  of Dream Catcher, Paul Sutherland, Seven Earth Odes, Spires and Minarets, April Renga, are available at BeetrootBooks.

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We still have copies of this wonderful issue featuring the art of Andy Fullalove. Shortly after the launch of Dream Catcher 27 the owner of the painting featured on the cover came into the gallery and was delighted to see her painting featured on our cover.

Many of the paintings shown in Dream Catcher are available for purchase: visit According to McGee to find out more.

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