Autumn 2021 – Art

Chien et Loup Alison Gallego Alison Gallego’s photography piece ‘Chien et Loup’ is a wonderfully atmospheric image, capturing three shadowy figures looking out over the expansive Parisian skyline as the sun is setting. Muted pink clouds paint the sky above and the golden evening glow of the city warms the streets the light has deserted.… Continue reading Autumn 2021 – Art

Autumn 2021 – Poetry

Open Roads and Roadblocks “Sun streaking a face full of melody,  hair dancing to the music of the wind and sunglasses reflecting mirrors on this brush-stroked morning. Her hands playing the strings on my battered blue jeans and our bodies clicking and jazzing along with the weaving back road.” Matthew McGuirk The Autumnal Issue of… Continue reading Autumn 2021 – Poetry

Summer 2021 – Art

Limelight Despy’s collage primarily depicts an alluring Marilyn Monroe, with her signature blonde curls, grasping a white sheet while covering her chest. Reminiscent of the famous Douglas Kirkland photoshoot in 1961, the image is both sensual and yet vulnerable. A decadent chandelier hangs in the background and a cut open lime is positioned just above… Continue reading Summer 2021 – Art

Summer 2021 – Poetry

Heartsong Oh, you’ve done it now, you chancer;You’ve burrowed all the way downAnd set up shop in my warm and sticky centre. Your filthy crackling laughRattles my bones awake each morning,And your honey-thick hum soothes them to sleep each heavy evening. Sinéad Mooney We published many memorable poems in our last issue, so it was… Continue reading Summer 2021 – Poetry

Summer 2021 – Fiction

The Mythology of Althea & Keegan “Christ,” the pelican said, pressing the tip of his wing to his forehead. “Does either of you have a vape pen?” “No!” Keegan exclaimed, looking appalled. Althea dug in her purse and handed one over. “Here you go,” she said. “Thanks.” He sparked it and inhaled deeply, coughing and… Continue reading Summer 2021 – Fiction

Summer 2021 – Drama

‘I want to tell you about something that happened to me. It’s about the ocean. And about fear.’ – The Whales by Christopher Woods. We have been thrilled to launch our new Drama section in this Summer 2021 edition of Spellbinder. Each of our published pieces has its own unique energy with strong characters, style… Continue reading Summer 2021 – Drama

Summer 2021 – Nonfiction

Hamantaschen ‘Like today, last Hanukkah was another of my faltering attempts to mark a holiday we’d never celebrated as children, with gaps in space and memory filled in using the internet. I learned to pronounce the prayers from a YouTube video, and met up with my sister over Zoom each night to light a menorah… Continue reading Summer 2021 – Nonfiction

Spring 2021 – Fiction

Ham and Asparagus, and Stamps ‘When we finally made it to the green, we found the pond hadn’t quite frozen through, only we didn’t know that until we stepped in and got boots full of slush. I said we should go home and make some popcorn, but Eva was bent on having a good time.… Continue reading Spring 2021 – Fiction

Spring 2021 – Poetry

Doll Strings I pulled her out of my headand snapped the doll strings, one by one. Her intestines slap-stung my knuckles like spiteful elasticand I pulled and pulled them,trying to hurt her back. Then I tried to send her away,but the doll strings coiled upand tightened around my neck. She was out of my headbut… Continue reading Spring 2021 – Poetry

Spring 2021 – Nonfiction

Red ‘She drove my little brother to hockey practice, taste-tested when my older brother tried recipes from the towering bookcase of international cookbooks she’d bought him. She continued working her shitty job, played Solitaire on the computer, whipped out her little red wallet to cover extortionate dinner checks before any of us could see her… Continue reading Spring 2021 – Nonfiction