About Eborakon


Eborakon is a poetry magazine based at the University of York, publishing new writers alongside established poets. The name derives from the Brythonic for York, meaning “place of the yews”. We value writing that is rooted, both in the resonances of language as it has been used over the course of history, and in the evocation of place. We are nourished by the writers and critics that have preceded us, at the same time branching out to explore the future. Like the yew, for us poetry is mysterious and earthly, real matter that is potentially dangerous to savour.

Current Issue



Laura Blomvall and Stephen Grace Editorial

Kit Fan -- The River Vienne, Ten Haikus by Fan Kuan, The
Painted Garden in the Villa of Livia
Rahul Gupta --  א (Aleph)
Jon Stone -- Terminal Ballistics
Gerald Dawe -- Two Elegies

Astra Papachristodoulou -- flexland, zn for trauma
Lesley Saunders -- Three 'Gold' Poems
Jan Wagner (translated by Jamie Osborn) -- anna,
houdini in the mirror, shepherd's pie
Muzaffar alNawab (translated by Ahmed Khaleel) -- For the train and Hamad
Angie Spoto -- waiting for joy child, the honeymoon months
Sarah Cave --   'I have nothing...'

James Coghill -- Dragonfly
David Wheatley -- Dip, Letter to Joseph Massey
Suzannah V. Evans -- Song of West Sands, Tambourine

Caitríona O’Reilly -- Eels, Fly

David Morris -- Cooling Towers; Fishermen's Huts Skinningrove; Steel Making, Redcar; Evening Light, Whitby


Ríona Nic Congáil -- Irish-Language Women’s Poetry: Death and the Afterlife of Translation

‘Impertinent Questions’
featuring Caitríona O'Reilly

Anna Svendsen on Thomas Dilworth and David Jones
Stephen Grace on Judith Willson

Notes on Contributors



Featuring new poetry from: Wendy Cope, Adam Crothers, Peter Hughes, and David Troupes.


Plus artwork Lisajane Braun and Ann Skea.


Click here for a full list of the contents.


Editors: Alex Alonso and Anna Mercer 


Assistant Editors: Laura Blomvall, Sam Buchan-Watts, Stephen Grace and Jack Quin.


Managing Editor: Dr James Williams

Eborakon Issue Four Launch Party


Wednesday 14th March 2018, 6.30pm


In order to celebrate the launch of Issue four of Eborakon, we will be hosting a launch party at the Walmgate Alehouse. We are happy to announce that contributors to the issue, including Suzannah V. Evans, Kit Fan, Rahul Gupta, Ahmed Khaleel, and Martin Potter, will be reading from their work.  Submissions for issue five will be opened at the launch.   


All welcome!


Location: Walmgate Ale House and Bistro, 25 Walmgate, York, YO1 9TX.