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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.

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Christine Carr

Telephone: 0151 608 9736.


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.


Editor’s Letter
Phil Wilson: Wordsmithing 
Heather Buswell: A Lady 
Linda Tilston: The Pleasure Gardens of Yesterday 
Christine Bridson-Jones: The Right Note 
Jill Rundle: Music For Amadeus 
Angharad Lloyd: A Piece of Pink Ribbon
Tony Luxton: Shelling Out 
Richard Dobbs: Girl on a Bicycle 
Jill Rundle: A Mid-Shakespeare Night’s Dream 
Tony Luxton: Flickering Images 
Heather Buswell: My Writing Day (or Night) 
Christine Carr: Thomas Kinkade Painter of Light 
Jim Salt: Art Attack. About Mary 
Jill Rundle: Colour 
Jim Salt: A Colourful Life 
Jane Fell: Gold 
Christine Bridson-Jones: The Quarrel 
Alan Jones: Mrs Atkinson ‒ Angel of Mercy 
Diane Berthelot: The Telegram 
Brendan McDaid: Domestic Tragedy 
Heather Buswell: Photos From the Album 
Grace Blackmore: In Defence of Letters 
Jill Rundle: What Gives Pleasure? 
Readers’ Letters 
Subscribers’ News 
Brian Webster: The Saving of our Bus 
Barbara Holden: A Sense of Place 
Roy Hewetson: Benjie’s New Life 
Bernard Lazenbury: Destinies 
Heather Buswell: “Would Like to Meet...” 

ISSUE 99 MAY 2017

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

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


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 at £8.99, all profits going to The National Autistic Society. For further information please email to

Donations can be made using the following details:
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: