About

Why ‘Spelt’?

Spelt is an ancient grain brought to Britain thousands of years ago and cultivated by our ancient farmers from around 2000 BC. It is tenacious, delicious, hardy and nutritious. It’s also the past participle of spell; both an essential act for creating the written word and a noun for a magical invocation, a conjuring of something magical. 

We want to make Spelt a self sustaining magazine full of excellent poetry and creative non fiction, interviews, reviews, articles and writing prompts, but we need your help. 

If the pandemic has taught us anything, it is that not everybody has access to the arts, and by making the creative arts accessible to people who may not be able to travel, we help to make the arts inclusive of all writers and artists with something to say about their own existence. We have seen a revolution in the way we interact and we want to build on that.

To live rurally is to, in general, live in areas with poor transport links, where the physicality of travel can often be almost impossible. This means that interacting with the creative arts on the platforms available is difficult and becomes exclusionary, devaluing the rural experience. During the pandemic we saw what electronic, web based interaction could do, and we also saw people reaching out to nature and the landscape around themselves, looking for the natural spaces in which to breath and exist.

Our five year plan includes outreach workshops in rural settings, online webinars and conferences and a magazine that values the rural landscape and the people living within it, a magazine that proactively encourages creativity, as well as celebrating those writers working in rural settings, writing about the rural experience, celebrating nature and the natural world.

You can help us get the first issue of Spelt produced and printed, so that we can set our best foot forward in the literary world. Please help us (and receive some fantastic freebies) by donating to our Kickstarter:

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Wendy Pratt

Editor

Wendy Pratt lives just outside Filey, N.Yorks. Wendy is an award winning poet, author, workshop facilitator, mentor and editor. She was the first female editor for Dream Catcher magazine and is the author of five collections of poetry including three full collections and two pamphlets. In 2020 she was shortlisted for the Alpine Fellowship prize. Her third full collection won the Poetry Business book and pamphlet competition. When I Think of My Body as a Horse will be published by Smith/Doorstop in 2021. Find out about it here: https://poetrybusiness.co.uk/product/when-i-think-of-my-body-as-a-horse/ in March 2021.

Steve Nash

Co Editor and Technical Artist

Steve Nash is a writer, musician, and lecturer born in Yorkshire and raised on army barracks across the UK and Europe. A widely and internationally published poet, in 2014 Steve won the Saboteur Award for ‘Best Spoken Word Performer’ from a shortlist that included Kate Tempest and Hollie McNish. Steve strongly suspects he may be a superhero after escaping a near-fatal car accident in 2013 and a neurological malfunction that resulted in a coma in 2017. It is not clear yet what his special powers might be. Steve’s latest collection ‘Myth Gatherers’ is out now from Calder Valley Poetry, and he teaches at Leeds Beckett University.