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Stephen Beattie
Southport Writers’ Circle member Stephen Beattie’s first collection of poetry is published by the independent publisher Indigo Dreams. The book, entitled ‘Treading The Helix,’ contains forty poems that explore subjects ranging from childhood memory to electric fans coming to life!

Many of the poems in the collection have been previously published in poetry magazines or have been placed in competitions. Alison Chisholm, the poetry correspondent for Writing Magazine and an accomplished poet in her own right describes the author as having a voice that is direct and honest and his work image rich and memorable.

The collection is available from Central Books and many other internet sites such as Amazon and WH Smiths or via the author at

Stephen’s author page which contains further examples of his work can be found at
Indigo Dreams

An Elephant In The Bloom

It’s unseasonably warm,
we’re sitting in your garden
and I’ve brought you red roses.

You ask how I’ve been;
Good. And you?

My cellophane clothed
statement of intent,
lies unnoticed on the table.

If you were to take them inside,
trim stalks, seal sap
in boiled water

and arrange them in a vase
it would be a sign.
They remain unmoved.

Over weak tea we prune
at the past, seeking meanings
to words behind words.

At some point,
during this desperate banality,
I notice a petal fall

and another and another
revealing the thorned stems
of what we really want to say.

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We invite you to participate in PenTales If Only I'd Have Known Story Project.
The goal is to collect stories that have life lessons for all of us. For example, we recently interviewed a New York shopkeeper who had a great tale about his 95 year-old immigrant dad, an amateur boxer in the 1930s. Among many things, we took away that it takes grit and smarts to survive robberies, rising rents, and changing times. He sums it up with: "You never know how you'll handle yourself in a time of war."
We're particularly excited about nuggets of wisdom from those people who have been around a lot longer than us. We believe that those are the stories that are the most valuable to preserve, learn from, and share. So, if you're headed home for Thanksgiving, we've got an assignment for you: interview your moody great uncle, wacky aunt, or didactic dad and ask them what they'd wish they'd known. (The stories they'll come up with are the sort of stuff you can't make up... trust us!)
As always, we're open to all sorts of media (whatever tells your story best).
+Video Interview (2 min or less)
+Audio Interview (2min or less)
+Image and caption (30 words or less)
+Text (500 words of less)
We're hoping you'll send us at least 31 Life Lessons by January 1, 2012, so we can share one with you every day for the first month of the year. That way, we're sure to be off to a good (and mistake-free) start.
Stephanie, Saskia, Ezra, Olivia, Louisa, Aswini, Maham and the rest of the wonderful PenTales crew from all around the world.
PS: Need a hobby? Shoot an email to and we'll loop you in!


Time scale
All entries should reach us by March 1st 2012.
Winners will be announced in our April 2012 issue of Prole and on here on our website 30th April 2012.
Single entry £3
Subsequent entries, £2 each
Full details
On our website at:
Winner: £130, publication in April 2012 issue of Prole and on the website.
The right to call yourself Prole Laureate!
Two runners up: £25 each, publication on our website and possible publication in our April 2012 print issue
How to enter
By email.
Your name, contact details, paypal reference number and poem/poems should be contained in the body of the email and sent to
If you want to include a short bio, feel free.
By post.
Contact details should appear on each page used.
Cheques should be made payable to Prolebooks.
Mail to:
15 Maes-y-Dre
LL22 7HW