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Wordsmithery is a live lit organisation and publisher which has been active in the Kent literary scene and beyond, running various literary projects since 2010. Confluence is our magazine.

Confluence is a new writing magazine which publishes in print twice a year. See Submissions for what we're looking for and how to submit!

ISSN 2515-1223

Our story...

Confluence was first published in August 2016 as a limited edition Risograph printed A4 zine, Issue 2 was produced as an online only version linked to our regular text-art project 'An Assemblance of Judicious Heretics', then two more Risograph printed issues, (3 and 4), were produced.


We were delighted that as part of our Arts Council England funded Confluence: Plant; Grow; Nurture  project (2017-18), we have been able to redesign the magazine and change its look, it's now published in full colour and fits nicely in your bag. We've also begun to let people in other parts of the country (the world even!) know about Confluence.


Although we had some funding to contribute to the magazine’s upkeep (Issues 5-8) and make this website as part of the project, we still rely mainly on volunteers, and on subscriptions and sales. So if you like what you see – please consider subscribing or buying an issue. (If you don't fancy buying one, then please tell your reader friends about us and share our social media posts.) Thanks!

Reviews and Opinions...

We have a team of reviewers, who review poetry and short story collections for us on the website. Please drop us a line if you would like us to review your book. (Books should have been published in the last year.) 


If you would like to contribute Opinions/thought-pieces on literary-related topics, then please send a short pitch for your article to our editorial email. We currently can't offer payment for this, but will send you a PDF or print copy back issue of the magazine.    

Editorial team

Managing Editor & Designer: Sam Hall

Sam is a playwright and writer. Her play My Mind is Free, has toured London, Scotland and the North of England and has been performed at the Edinburgh Festival and in America. She runs the Wordsmithery literary arts organisation.

Editor: Barry Fentiman Hall

Barry is a walking writer and poet. For Wordsmithery, he curates the annual 'An Assemblance of Judicious Heretics' text-art exhibition project, and runs Roundabout Nights, a monthly-ish Chatham-based literary open mic. 

Reviewer: Angela Dye

A writer, broadcaster, teacher and events organiser is at reviewer for Confluence magazine, co-director of Mind the Gap, a company that makes poetry anthologies for Southeastern trains, and  a digital editor at The Ink Pods @ The Blue Nib magazine.

Reviewer: Setareh Ebrahimi

Setareh Ebrahimi is a poet from Faversham, and the author of 'In My Arms' from Bad Betty Press.

Reviewer: Sarah Hehir

Sarah Hehir writes poetry and drama. In 2013, she won the BBC Writer’s Prize for her Radio Play ‘Bang Up.’ Since then, she has written for stage, theatre and TV. She is most interested in exploring stories about people and places on the edge of society.

Reviewer: Melissa Todd

Melissa Todd is a writer and performer, the director of Hags Ahoy theatre company and managing editor of Thanet Writers.

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