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Cunningham Short Story Competition

Opens January 1st, 2018.  Closing date 31st March, 2018.  Click for T&Cs Click here for T&Cs.  $18 per entry.  

Life Dances PRESS RELEASE, 2nd August

ISBN-13: 978-1548631246 /ISBN-10: 1548631248

To honour the life of his grandfather RH Cunningham, Trevor Maynard set up a short story competition. Willowdown Books is proud to announce the six winning stories will now all appear in the anthology, Life Dances.  

The competition was won by Sandy Norris with her story No Going Back; and the five runners-up are Baking by Maria Borland, When Food Kills by Linda DuPret, Too Much by Israela Margalit, The Death of Rock ‘n’ Roll by Michael McLaughlin, and True North by Lynne Zolatis.  Life Dances was not only a competition, it is a labour of love, with The Dance, a short story adapted from journals of RH Cunningham by his grandson, Trevor Maynard, also included, as well as Flash Fiction by Neetu Malik, GK Grieve and Sophia Keech.

Trevor Maynard, on writing The Dance

“In his seventies, my grandfather began writing a series of handwritten journals. This was not a deliberate attempt at a coherent memoir, rather a process of wanting to put down his thoughts and to revisit his life, both to reflect, and to pass on.  For me, this was a fascinating insight, not only into a man I knew all my life, but also a personal perspective on real life, before and after World War II”

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Trevor Maynard's poetry asks what unites us, in meaning and experience, as our days pass, as life ruthlessly ticks away ...

"Grey Sun, Dark Moon"

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Trevor Maynard combines complicated thematic material and unites fractured images with a sure hand" (THE STAGE)

Now available, the third collection of poetry by Trevor Maynard

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Press Release - The Poets for 2017 are ...

Lee Landau / Joseph Sinclair /Diane Burrow /Pamela Price Deluca Hope / Lizzie La Pool / Lynne Zotalis/ Brian Walker / Amber Jimenez-Flores / Tom Sterner-Howe (WordWulf) / Robin Hislop /Denisa Parsons /Richard Glen Smith / Kayla Matheson / Marcia Weber / Madeline Lipton / Melissa Bird / Jane Johann / Elaine Battersby / Sajida Khan / Canzi Mariangela / April Fallon /Cosmo Flavia / Betty Bleen / Gilbert A. Franke / Suzanne Askham / Christine Anderes / Deborah Nyam-Nyamekye / Vensa Arsenic / William DiBenedetto /  Belinda DuPret / Mustofa Munir / Tatjana Lončarec / Kelli Gunn / Cigeng Zhang / Low Kwai Chee / Christine E. Maynard / Nana Tokatli / Fiona Sullivan / Darrell Wright / Karen Henneberry / Flavia A. Cosmo / Scott Nancy /Annel B. Martin / Lexene D. Barnes / Karen Rothstein / Pedro Cunha / Maria Youssefirad / Vi de Vries

"Poetry, both reveals and shares our humanity"

Making a Poetic Bond - the ethos behind putting together the anthology

The process of selecting poems for publishing The Poetic Bond series is unlike any other in that there is no set plan as to what will be published. It depends on the themes which emerge from the pool of work submitted, or to put it another way, the poetic energy which comes together at this certain time and place.  Where themes emerge, patterns of energy harmonize, form bonds, connections, and these in turn lead to interconnected chapters, and the creation of a holistic volume, deeply connected with humanity, nature, and the universe.

112 poems : 50 poets : 11 Countries

Website by Trevor Maynard, all material (C) Trevor Maynard, 2018


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PRESS RELEASE  Congratulations to KELLI GUNN, the new manager of the LinkedIN Group CRITIQUE

 Also by Trevor Maynard


"Vibrant, joyful, despairing, truthful, brave... a reflection of THE HUMAN CONDITION"

Love, Death, and the War on Terror

Four Truths (One Act Plays)

Selected works by other Poets of The Poetic Bond Series

All the Babble of the Souk by Robin Ouzman Hislop

The Watcher From The Beacon by Pete Soron

Love, God and Country by James Hercules Sutton

All That's Left by Rosalind Brenner

Trevor Maynard interviewed by Mark Jason Welch (2013)          


TREVOR MAYNARD - EDITOR (Willowdown Books)   

Currently I am working GK Grieve on "The Death of Swans"

Release Date Spring 2018 - Click here for PRE-ORDER  $12.99/£9.99 

The Poetic Bond VIII

Open for submissions from

March 31st, 2018

Willowdown Books

Short Story Competition

opens for entries 

January 1st, 2018


"A New Hope"

a poem by Trevor Maynard

published in Issue 31

of firstwriter magazone

Amazon review for The Poetic Bond V - "This is an outstanding poetic anthology. I have read it from cover to cover several times. It's filled with work by brilliant writers. I plan to follow future books when published and will go back and purchase some I've missed."


The Poetic Bond Series is the only truly international anthology garnered specifically from New Media and Social and Professional Networking


My poem "crushed" appears in the latest POETIC BOND, click here for a sneak preview


ECHOES IN THE EARTH, by Pushpita Aswasthi, edited by Trevor Maynard

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15 poems from KEEP ON KEEPIN' ON are currently available on the international website


"Urging poets to write, share their work, communicate with fellow poets and live the poetry experience to the fullest."

Men in the Company of Women: A Provocative Anthology of Praise & Persuasion 

Girl Interrupted and Total Breakdown in Communication Leading to Divorce and Death by Trevor Maynard, as well as 100 other poets from across the globe.  

"An honest and cutting edge collective of contemporary literature", edited in the US by Apryl Skies and Alicia Winski.

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Other individual poems published

"Visiting The Old Country" October Hill, Issue 1, Spring 2017 OCTOBER HILL

"Googled It" and "Paris" Tuck Magazine, December, 2015 TUCK


BLACK DOG, an exploration of dark corners of the soul, where our fears live, and where redemption is scant.

PANOPTICON – the all-pervasive watching eye of society, we are not alone, and Big Brother is out there and to be engaged in battle.

OBSVERVATION – the writer watching is not separate from his surroundings, they are also part of it, and the humanity of the writer gives their work its universality.

LOVING – what is mankind without love? These poems explore the deepest truth our existence, how we love and are loved, and the complication of human relations – as they are apt it say in the movies nowadays“it’ complicated”.

ANSWERS – yes, this is a poetry book that asks a lot of questions, that makes a lot of observations, but it is also a book of seeking answers. We are not just individuals in a pool of mud forever climbing ladders that sink deeper; we are the individuals, the ladders, and the mud.

Our every thought and action is not alone, it is part of the whole, influences the whole, no matter how small we think it we are, in terms of existence, every action is equal to every other, energy (physical, corporal, spiritual) is never created nor destroyed, TRUTH is constant.

From a biscuit crumb on your lover’s lips, to the death of a Princess, to the formation of galaxies far far away, human is our condition, life is our journey, and come agony, joy, or even world-weariness, people, let’s just keep on keepin’ on.

What is poetry?

What a person writes is universal, because they themselves are human, and this can be words of ecstasy, of profound happiness; or it can be the depths of depression, the loss of love; or it can social commentary – putting the world to rights; or merely shooting the breeze – accessing the lexicon to have fun; but all in all, one thing poetry is, and one thing you will find in the poetry of Trevor Maynard is emotional truth

THE POETIC BOND V edited by Trevor Maynard. 

Now in its fifth year, this annual anthology of poetry from new media, social and professional networking, is mainly garnered from the professional networking website, LinkedIn, but also has contributions via poetry groups, performance and word of mouth. The submission process is unique in that choices for inclusion are made on the basis of emergent themes and congruency in the pool of work submitted; it is therefore also a snapshot of the poetry of NOW, seeking to capture the zeitgeist of the moment. 

After the London Bombings

July 14th, 2005

Poetry performed at Open Mic  WriteOutLoud

Short story, MONTAGE, published in Miracle Magazine 

Tumblr Blog JUST ROSIE

Freedoms (Je Suis Charlie - a poetic response)

WHITE HEAT  Poetry, Life and Times

CAUSEWAY   Dagba Publishing

unemployment   Redundant C 

On the death of Osama Bin Laden

The Weights About my Feet Do Not Stop The Motion of the Waves

Eight poems now available on


Poetry Republic  Clarity

Grief This poem contains strong language, do not open if you are easily offended.

Sentenced To Four Years For Aggravated Assault  Deep Underground

Crossing the River Styx to the Kingdom of the Dead  Deep Underground

THE MILLIONAIRES a modern tradegy (one act play in e-format) at Smashwords

Reap the Whirlwind  Slideshare


Keep on Keepin' On

The Poetic Bond IV

The Poetic Bond III

The Poetic Bond II

The Poetic Bond

Love, Death and the War on Terror


What is poetry?

Instant Poetry

Poetry and The War on Terror

Prose is Poetry

Smell Me A Poem



From Pillow To Post




“As editor of THE POETIC BOND my purpose in putting together these anthologies, and future anthologies is to harness poetry through professional and social media and to engage actively in sharing poetry with other poets and bringing poetry to the general public.  

These collections of poems are mostly the work of poets connected through the global professional networking website, and in particular, but not exclusively, the LinkedIn group called, “Poetry, Review and Discuss.”  

Submissions are called for by summer’s end, and no specific brief is given in the expectation that the themes and style of the anthology will evolve organically.

Once submitted, the pool of work was made anonymous and read by a team of independent readers before being returned for editing. Where there was a congruency of theme, idea or style, poems were grouped together; and those that fell outside this emergent consensus were not used in the anthologies.  

In the resulting volumes I have set out to produce a portfolio of work from a representative group of poets which I hope not only illuminates, educates, and entertains, but also shows how poetry, and in fact all Art, reveals and shares our humanity. “




Trevor Maynard is editor of The Poetic Bond series of international poetry anthologies.  The Poetic Bond I - V are now available on Amazon and elsewhere.


Poet and Playwright 

My plays are all available for production, subject to copyright and performance rights

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Love, Death and the

War on Terror


Nothing has been quite the same since 9/11, not because there haven't been wars before, but because The War of Terror is as much a battle of ideas and the mind, as of blood and the body. But what of it? Why should Death have it all its own way? While the terrorists murder and the soldiers die, we, the people, still meet each other, fall in love, and generate enough good in the world to counter and hopefully, in the end, overhaul the evil. In the end, all you need is love.


Notes on the poems

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“Say not, 'I have found the truth,' but rather, 'I have found a truth.'“ Kahlil Gibran


Four one act plays

A truth about war


Through the eyes and ears and feelings of Sarah, our everywoman, From Pillow to Post dramatizes not only the First Gulf War, but experiences of War World Two, the Falklands, the Palestinian Intifada, as well as the pervading nuclear threat. 

A truth about peace


The Law is the Word and the Word is Necessity”. This is the credo that Matthew Graye once lived by; it was the doctrine of his employers; it credo of the State, is it is the truth. But now that time is over, the Cold Peace follows the Cold War, and the need for a man like Graye passed.

 A truth about death


Josie Slade is in a coma. Yet she is the only one who speaks. Others move around her, unhearing. She tells of her life to the only people that are listening, us, the audience.

 A truth about love


Phil Garnham loves his wife. Well, he thinks he loves her. He does love her, doesn’t he? It’s just sometimes, he doesn’t understand her, but the truth is… he doesn’t know the truth. Still, there’s a whole lot of ironing to do, maybe he should get on with that

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Some say the glass ceiling is now well and truly smashed, but is it really? Trevor Maynard's full-length play examines how work and life interact for men and women in the changing world of office politics; posing the question; "when does the sexy banter and flirting stop, and the serious business of sexism begin?"



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 From Pillow to Post


1991, UN Resolution 660 condemns Iraq's invasion of Kuwait, but where does the World go from there? More importantly, why? Is it about oil rather than morality? Can war ever be right? Do we, through the United Nations, strive for peace, or find justification for war? Through the eyes and ears and feelings of Sarah, our everywoman, From Pillow to Post dramatizes not only the First Gulf War, but experiences of War World Two, the Falklands, the Palestinian Intifada, as well as the pervading nuclear threat. 

Performance Rights 

Original cast and crew

 Academic Essays 

Inspiration, Chaos and the Rubber Band Theory of Organizational Development 

The Seven Major Chakras

The Value of Effective Marketing

JE Bird - artisan healer 

Motivation Theory in Human Resource Management 


Branding Or Not

 person under the train incident a poem on


The Civility do not believe in life from Other Than Here

Until the Aliens arrive.

 Scapa Flow - a science fiction short story by Trevor Maynard 

 Keep on Keepin' On  (Poetry Collection)




The Poetic Bond (poetry anthology for which I am the editor and a contributor)



The Poetic Bond II (poetry anthology for which I am the editor and a contributor)





Love, Death and the War on Terror



From Pillow To Post (theatre play)




Four Truths (collection of one act theatre plays)




The Poetic Bond V (anthology due for release October 2015, submissions to be called March 31, 2015)



15the Jan 2015

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