Elbow Room Volume Fifteen


Elbow Room Volume Fifteen


Welcome to the final Elbow Room volume of 2016. It has been an amazing year and we have plans, oh so many plans, for the coming year. But until then, we hope you enjoy the work on these pages as much as we have. To us, they are the perfect end to a year of extraordinary work. 

S.A. Leavesley is an award-winning poet, fiction writer and journalist. Publications include a winning fiction in the Oxford Today thriller flash competition 2014, a flash in The Ofi Press Literary Magazine (forthcoming) and longer short fiction published by Legend Press. She also runs V. Press, a poetry and flash fiction imprint. Websites: www.sarah-james.co.uk and http://vpresspoetry.blogspot.co.uk/

A graduate of the MA programme at the Seamus Heaney Centre and a recipient of an Arts Council Career Enhancement Award, Stephanie Conn recently won the Yeovil Poetry Prize, Funeral Service NI prize and the inaugural Seamus Heaney Award for New Writing. Her first collection is out in March 2016 with Doire Press.




Toby Penney is a multidisciplinary, southern artist. She creates work accepting, even glorifying simple objects & fleeting moments. Penney holds a sculpture degree from Middle Tennessee State University. From 2005 until 2010 she maintained a Vitreography internship with Master Printmaker Judith O’Rourke at Harvey K. Littleton Studio. In 2008 Toby was a guest artist in the printmaking department at Penland School of Craft, working with book artist Frank Brannon of Speak Easy Press.

Penney’s work can be found in corporate collections and museums. A few publications include cover of Professional Artist Magazine and OK Magpie, along with features in Numinous, Feroce, Ink & Arrows, & River Blood Magazines as well as Polonium II, a book by David Downs. Discover more via Instagram & Twitter @TobyPenney or by contacting representatives at Moberg Gallery in Des Moines, Iowa or Bill Lowe Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia.

Ariel Dawn lives in Victoria, British Columbia. Her work appears in places such as Litro, Flapperhouse, great weather for MEDIA, Vine Leaves, Ink Sweat & Tears and Ambit. She reads and studies poetic prose and Tarot and writes a novella.


Natalie Sorrell Charlesworth is a 24 year old poet from Preston. She has previously won the Poetic Republic Portfolio Prize and has been shortlisted in various other competitions. Her work can be found in the Beautiful Dragons Press Anthologies My Dear Watson: The Very Elements in Poetry and Bees’ Breakfast. She is currently in the second year of a Creative Writing PhD at Lancaster University and is an active board member for Lancaster Literature Festival.

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