Meadow-Wisp was conceived on the Cerne Abbas Giant. Her Dorset hippie parents, who believed in unfiltered communication, recounted every detail: hiking up the hill through dense fog, their torches reflecting chalk outlines (foot, calf, ribs, elbow), grass slick beneath them, concentrating on an energy focal point. In the final weeks of pregnancy, her mother cross-stitched a representation of the event. A constant through Meadow-Wisp’s childhood, it hung over her bed until she abandoned it for college.
Marie Gethins’ work has featured in The Irish Times, 2014/15/16/17 National Flash Fiction Day Anthologies, Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, NANO, Litro, The Lonely Crowd, Wales Arts Review, The Incubator, Firewords Quarterly and others. She won or placed in the British Screenwriters Awards, Dorset Fiction Award, The Short Story, Tethered by Letters, Flash500, Dromineer, The New Writer, Prick of the Spindle, and others. Additional pieces listed or commended in The London Magazine, Boulevard Emerging Writers, Bath Short Story Award, Bristol Short Story Prize, Brighton Prize, Fish Short Story/Flash/Memoir, RTE/Penguin competitions and others. Marie is a Pushcart, Best of the Short Fictions nominee and a recipient of the 2016 Frank O’Connor Bursary mentorship under Zsuzsi Gartner. She lives in Cork, Ireland and has a Master of Studies in Creative Writing from the University of Oxford.
From the New Issue
Future Proof: How to build resilience in an uncertain world by Jon CoaffeeReviewed by Tom Bamforth
The Surprise Party: How the Coalition went from chaos to comeback by Aaron PatrickReviewed by Shaun Crowe