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    ID: MODRON in black fell type with moons in the Os, grey woodcut clouds in the background. Also the logo a green circle with paler green crescent moons - the smaller one is balanced on the larger one.
    ID: MODRON in black fell type with crescent moons in the Os, grey woodcut clouds in the background. Also the logo a green circle with paler green crescent moons – the smaller one is balanced on the larger one.

    Release of MODRON 1st – 31st October 2022                                 ModronMagazine.com          

    National Poetry Day this year sees the release of MODRON, a biannual online creative writing magazine from Cymru/Wales. Founded by Kristian Evans and Zoë Brigley, MODRON seeks to publish the best established and emerging writers whose work absorbs and responds to the implications and challenges of climate change and the ecological crisis. 

    MODRON embraces an ethic of dwelling with care, and an openness to the more-than-human, rejecting narratives of conquest and domination. Poetry and art are integral to the health of society, finding a new language for new experiences and new modes of being. Editor Kristian Evans states: “Climate change and the ecological crisis are compelling transformation across all aspects of human experience, and poets and writers are searching for the words to describe these changes. A new way of being in the world has not only become possible, it has become necessary.”

    MODRON has a dedicated team. The founders, Kristian Evans and Zoë Brigley, created the anthology 100 Poems to Save the Earth and edited (with Rob A. Mackenzie) the “Dwelling” issue of Magma Poetry. They are joined by Taz Rahman who produces the successful YouTube channel Just Another Poet and whose first collection will be published by Seren in 2024. Former editor of Taliesin Siân Melangell Dafydd will take care of submissions in Cymraeg, while soon-to-be Seren poet Glyn F. Edwards is an associate editor based in the north of Wales. 

    MODRON will feature poems, interviews, articles, as well as community pages with news about ecological community projects. We offer a hub to bring people together to share ideas and inspire and support each other. MODRON will be released in installments with the first installment of issue 1 on October 1st, and the second on October 30th, and each section will be full of great established and new writers like Patience Agbabi, Rachael Li Ming Chong, Taylor Edmonds, Paul Henry, So Mayer, Pascale Petit, Karishma Sangtani, Durre Shahwar, Penelope Shuttle, Zoe Skoulding, and more!

    We will be accepting submissions in English and Cymraeg. Submission windows will be announced via social media (Twitter @ModronMagazine) and our mailing list.

    Please join us at MODRON for a celebratory event on Sunday October 2nd 2022 2pm at Kenfig Nature Centre (Kenfig National Nature Reserve on Google Maps). Meet the editors Kristian Evans, Zoë Brigley, and Taz Rahman, and see readings by Paul Henry and Robert Minhinnick. There will also be a limited number of open mic spaces which you can book by emailing modronmagazine@gmail.com. The event is free, but parking is £1 for 90 mins or £3 for 3 hours, which helps to maintain the Kenfig Dunes, an area of great natural beauty.

    An online event will also be happening soon. Again join our mailing list to keep informed. The whole website will also go live on October 1st.

    The launch of MODRON has been made possible by a grant from the Books Council of Wales / Cyngor Llyfrau Cymru.

  • Issue 1 of MODRON is now complete

    Yesterday saw the release of the second part of MODRON issue 1. We are delighted to add to the issue poems by Deryn Rees-Jones, Durre Shahwar, Zoë Skoulding, and Grug Muse writing in Cymraeg. Also look out for our films page with Taz Rahman interviewing Anthony Vahni Capildeo and the video of our launch on the 2nd October 2022. We also have a conversation between Iestyn Tyne and Dyfan Lewis, which comes with the exciting news that Tyne’s collection Stafelloedd Amhenodol will be published in translation with Broken Sleep. For the full contents of issue 1, please see below:


    Issue One Contents

    Installment One

    Taylor Edmonds: ‘My Magnolia Tree’

    Rachael Li Ming Chong: ‘The Grasshopper as Thermometer’

    Paul Henry: ‘Five Trees Fell’

    Karishma Sangtani: ‘lichens’

    Community Article: Leanne Wood: ‘The Best Time is Now: Community Energy’: Former Plaid Cymru leader, Leanne Wood, explains her new role facilitating communities to take control of their own energy.

    Patience Agbabi: ‘October Dawn Revisited’

    So Mayer: betweensongs 10

    Pascale Petit: ‘Beast’s Castle’

    Penelope Shuttle: ‘whew, what a scorcher, burn baby burn’, ‘medicine for invalid earth’

    Installment Two

    Deryn Rees-Jones, ‘Consider the Lilies’

    Durre Shahwar, ‘Floating Countries’

    Zoë Skoulding, Mulfran Comorant Phalacrocorax carbo’

    Grug Muse, ‘Penglog’

    ‘Confronting Our Place Within Places’: A conversation between Iestyn Tyne and Dyfan Lewis

    Also check out two new videos on our Films page:

    Anthony Vahni Capildeo interviewed by MODRON editor Taz Rahman

    Video of MODRON launch at Kenfig Nature Center, October 2022, featuring Paul Henry, Robert Minhinnick, MODRON editor Taz Rahman, and in the open mic Rae Howells, Marcelle Farr, and Jude Brigley.

  • Issue 1 of MODRON begins today!

    The MODRON logo: a green circle with two sickle moons in a paler, speckled colour. The smaller moon balances on the larger one.

    The first instalment of issue 1 of MODRON is released today! 

    Issue One Contents

    Installment One

    1st October 2022

    Taylor Edmonds: ‘My Magnolia Tree’

    Rachael Li Ming Chong: ‘The Grasshopper as Thermometer’

    Paul Henry: ‘Five Trees Fell’

    Karishma Sangtani: ‘lichens’

    3rd October 2022

    Community Article: Leanne Wood: ‘The Best Time is Now: Community Energy’

    Former Plaid Cymru leader, Leanne Wood, explains her new role facilitating communities to take control of their own energy.

    6th October 2022 – National Poetry Day

    Patience Agbabi: ‘October Dawn Revisited’

    So Mayer: ‘betweensongs 10

    Pascale Petit: ‘Beast’s Castle’

    Penelope Shuttle: ‘whew, what a scorcher, burn baby burn’, ‘medicine for invalid earth’

    Installment Two

    Coming 31st October 2022

    Installment two will feature new poems by Deryn Rees-Jones, Durre Shahwar, Zoë Skoulding, and poets writing in Cymraeg, chosen by Siân Melangell Dafydd. Also look out for Taz Rahman interviewing Anthony Vahni Capildeo, and more community articles featuring ecological-minded projects in culture and the arts.


    Please join us at MODRON for a celebratory event on Sunday October 2nd 2022 2pm at Kenfig Nature Centre (Kenfig National Nature Reserve on Google Maps). Meet the editors Kristian Evans, Zoë Brigley, and Taz Rahman, and see readings by Paul Henry and Robert Minhinnick. There will also be a limited number of open mic spaces which you can book by emailing modronmagazine@gmail.com. The event is free, but parking is £1 for 90 mins or £3 for 3 hours, which helps to maintain the Kenfig Dunes, an area of great natural beauty.

  • Celebrate MODRON at Kenfig Dunes

    National Poetry Day in the UK sees the release of MODRON, a biannual online creative writing magazine from Cymru/Wales.

    Please join us for a celebratory event on Sunday October 2nd 2022 2pm at Kenfig Nature Centre (Kenfig National Nature Reserve on Google Maps).

    Meet & hear the editors Kristian Evans, Zoë Brigley, and Taz Rahman, and see readings by Paul Henry (pictured) and Robert Minhinnick.

    There will also be a limited number of open mic spaces which you can book by emailing modronmagazine@gmail.com.

    The event is free, but parking is £1 for 90 mins or £3 for 3 hours, which helps to maintain the Kenfig Dunes, an area of great natural beauty.

    We’ll be opening windows and doors to allow circulation of air for COVID so please dress for that, and all are welcome to wear masks. The weather is predicted to be dry (crossed fingers).

    With thanks to the Book Council of Wales for their support. An online reading will also follow soon.