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WELCOME

Hello everyone

My name is Christine Carr and I am editor of this very popular magazine for creative writers. It is a part-coloured bi-monthly (six issues a year) for subscribers only. Subscribers to Crystal Magazine are called Crystallites.

I accept poems, stories (true and fiction) and articles of any length and theme (except erotica) from Crystallites only.

Subscription: £18 pa UK/£22 overseas. A sample copy is £2. Cheque or Postal Order payable to Mrs C Carr. Or by PayPal. Further down the site are a selection of PayPal buttons.

Warm regards

Christine Carr

Telephone: 0151 608 9736.

Email: christinecrystal@hotmail.com

Address: 3 Bowness Avenue, Prenton, Birkenhead CH43 0SD

NOTE: I also run Crystal Word Processing at the same address. Fast, friendly, reliable. £4 a thousand words, including editing and proofreading. Holder of Distinctions.

CONTENTS OF ISSUE 94

Here are the contents of the current issue.  A mixture of poems, stories and articles.  And more.


ISSUE 94 JULY 2016

Editor's Letter
Wordsmithing
Are You In or Out?
Questions
Lost
Note to Politicians
Man Overboard
Watching the Waves
Buried Treasure
Summer Evening, St Peter's Port
From Cliff House Gardens
Illusions of Moonlight
Midsummer Magic 
The Joke's on Me
The Time of My Life
The True Self
"I Loved You Once"
Diary
Fiction Causes Friction
A Lot About Nothing
A Dream
Readers' Letters
Subscribers' News
Comments From the Writers' Group
Vacation
A Swift Incrimination
Maggie and Joe
Freedom
Some Thoughts on Concentration
Memories of Murder
Highgate Cemetery
The Teacher and the Traveller
Press Release

ISSUE 94 JULY 2016

CRYSTAL MAGAZINE  A Popular Publication for Creative Writers
Your poems, your stories, your articles and more. The editor only considers work from subscribers. Subscribers are called Crystallites.


A4. Spiral-bound and easy to lie open
40 pages. Bi-monthly. Part colour
Stories (true and fiction), articles, poems


Submissions from Crystallites can be any length and theme except erotica
Work can be sent by email or post
Handwritten material is acceptable
Under normal circumstances you will not have to wait weeks and weeks for a reply
Readers’ Letters (usually pages and pages)
Subscribers’ News
Wordsmithing Titters, Tips, Titillations
Each issue the writer of the most popular piece will win £10


There has been a lot of positive feedback over the years. Here are just two comments:


The magazine is good value for money and worth every penny.” Alan Jones
Thanks for providing us with such a great and friendly magazine.” Heather Buswell


POETRY BOOKLET £3

www.crystalmagazine.blogspot.com
email: christinecrystal@hotmail.com
A 40-page A5 poetry booklet £3. Sold in aid of the RNIB.
Many of the poems are on the theme of blindness.
However, some material may offend.


New PayPal button at left.  Or cheque payable to Mrs C Carr and sent to 3 Bowness Avenue, Prenton, Birkenhead CH43 0SD.  Booklet £3.  Please include your name and address. 


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Of course, if you no longer wish to receive Crystal Magazine you can either contact PayPal direct to cancel or myself and I will issue a refund through PayPal.

Support for The National Autistic Society

TRAGEDY BRINGS POETRY FOR CHARITY

A new book, an anthology of poetry, has just been published by local man, Jae-Alexander Linsey, with all the profits going to charity.

It all started from a tragedy and ends, now, with The Mortal Man a splendid anthology of poetry from a range of fine poets who have lent their poetic skills in support of a charitable cause, The National Autistic Society.

The tragedy is not that David Thomas Webb was autistic, because many of the hardships and heartaches encountered by him and his parents were seen as challenges and were largely overcome. So well were the difficulties met by them that David was able to struggle towards, and eventually achieve, a place at university, studying for a degree in Computer Science.

The tragedy is that David had barely started his university career when his body was discovered in his rooms just a few months after he arrived there. He was only nineteen. Since that awful day his parents have been tireless in their bid to raise money; firstly, in support of The National Autistic Society through the Just Giving website and, secondly, to name a star after him. As his mother, the Norfolk poet Wendy Webb, says, “Dave was truly a star, full of energy, so bright and so hard to live with.”

This eclectic poetry collection has been compiled in tribute to David and in aid of The National Autistic Society, with a foreword by its President, Jane Asher. The poems are in a variety of styles by poets from around the United Kingdom. They include the late and much lamented Black Country poet, Geoff Stevens, whose long-term partner, Geraldine Wall, has released three poems from his heritage. Also included are two Poets Laureate: Mark Neil of Milton Keynes, and Walsall’s Ian Henery, whose energy and enthusiasm started the ball rolling for this book following a conversation with Wendy Webb.

The Mortal Man is now available from www.lulu.com at £8.99, all profits going to The National Autistic Society. www.lulu.com/spotlight/TheMortalManAnthology For further information please email to mortalman@albarz.co.uk

Donations can be made using the following details:
www.justgiving.com/Wendy-Webb www.justgiving.com/DavesAStar1
By Post: The National Autistic Society, 393 City Road, London, EC1V 1NG
Mobile Giving: Text DAVD99£1 to 70070 or text DAVD98£1 to 70070
Wendy Webb’s story, Norfolk’s Beautiful Child, is also available as a free download:
www.obooko.com/obooko_family/bookpages/fam0010-free-ebook-norfolks-beautiful-childwebb.php