Author Archives: Ben Banyard

Another year over

It’s the Winter Solstice – 21st December – as I begin to write this, as deep into winter as you can get before the pendulum swings back towards the light of spring. This year has been another strange one, often challenging, heartbreaking, joyous. We’ve welcomed new members to the family and sadly bade others farewell. […]


Finest: Sarah James/Leavesley – “Run, little rabbit, run”

V.Press editor-in-chief Sarah Leavesley/James takes us inside her ten-line masterpiece.

To the lighthouse!

Last weekend we went on one of our long family walks to Black Nore Lighthouse, which you may know is how the online journal I launched in January got its name. The walk got me thinking (as walks often do) how much I’m enjoying being an editor again after a break of about four years. […]

Finest: Ronnie Goodyer – “Being There”

A stunner from Indigo Dreams co-director Ronnie Goodyer today, which shows how the poet can faithfully capture a moment for a reader.

Finest: Alison Brackenbury – “Sunday on the coach”

An atmospheric poem, as well as news of Alison Brackenbury’s new collection.

Finest: Rachael Clyne – “I cradle my grief”

An affecting eco poem by Rachael Clyne.

Finest: Dawn Bauling – “In the lane”

A moving, bitter-sweet poem from Dawn Bauling today.

Finest: Martin Malone – “Gannet”

Martin Malone’s poem is a pinpoint study of a bird he knew he needed to write about.

Finest: Marc Woodward – “The Boar”

Marc Woodward’s brush with a wild boar, and his own mortality.

Back in the saddle

Something new this way comes!