The Ofi Press Magazine

International Poetry and Literature from Mexico City

The Ofi Press Literary Magazine   Issue 29- May 2013

Dear All,


Welcome to the North East special edition of The Ofi Press bringing together poetry, articles and fiction from across the north east of England under the theme of displacement. From displacement, a great understanding of oneself and the world around us can be gained. Who has not gotten lost a in a big city only to find the most interesting of things down unexplored alleys- when one gets lost, one truly finds oneself.


Personally, this project is about connection and reconnection with the North East. Making new friends through collaboration with poets and sharing their work with a Latin audience through Spanish translation. None of this would have been possible without the magnificent work of Karenina Osnaya who translated each and every word of this edition. A truly mammoth task.


In part 1, we include work from Tom Kelly, Sheree Mack, Marilyn Longstaff, Pippa Little, p.a. morbid, Toby Martinez de las Rivas, Adam Fry and a special interview with Pascale Petit. and in June, work from Sheila Wakefield, Bob Beagrie, Jackie Litherland, Jospehine Scott, Valerie Laws, Bob Little, Emma Whitehall, Zainab Rahdi and Chi Onwurah will appear in translation to complete this special project.


I hope very much that you enjoy it and feel part of this wonderful connection between the North East of England and Mexico City.


Saludos a todos and howay and the lads and lasses!


Jack Little


Editor- The Ofi Press

This Special Edition is Produced in Memory of Olive Little

Classic Poem of the Month

The Pleasures of Imagination (an excerpt)

Inspired by a visit to Morpeth


Or shall I mention, where celestial Truth

Her awful light discloses, to bestow

A more majestic pomp on Beauty's frame?

For man loves knowledge, and the beams of Truth

More welcome touch his understanding's eye,

Than all the blandishments of sound his ear,

Than all of taste his tongue.


Akenside, Mark (1721 - 1770)


Photo by Derek Smith.

Ofi Press Open Mic Poetry Night

The Ofi Press night held on April 17th celebrated the birthday of Samuel Beckett with poetry, extracts from novels and performances from “Waiting for Godo”. Interspersed with the work of our individual poets, the night finished off with a tipple of whiskey and a toast to the great writer.


We hope you’ll be able to come to our next event at 25 Celaya on May 15th. For more information please see our events page.