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edited by Sarah Doyle and Allen Ashley

Humangerie by Sarah Doyle and Allen Ashley

176 pages

Published October 2018

Inspired by notions of the animalistic, Humanagerie is a vivid exploration of the nebulous intersection of human and beast. From cities to wilderness, buildings to burrows, and coastlines to fish-tanks, these thirty-two poems and thirteen short stories explore emergence and existence, survival and self-mythology, and the liminal hinterland between humanity and animality. This is an anthology featuring both poetry and prose.


Animal Apology - Paul Stephenson

Beginnings - Elaine Ewart

Aquarium Dreams - Gary Budgen

Beetle - Sarah Westcott

Vixen - Cheryl Pearson

Augury - Tarquin Landseer

The Orbits of Gods - Holly Heisey

Polymorphous / Stages of Growth - Oliva Edwards

Pray - Scott Hughes

Seahorse - Tarquin Landseer

Crow and Rat - James Dorr

Phasianus Colchicus - Kerry Darbishire

And Then I Was a Sheep - Jonathan Edwards

Wade - Tonya Walter

Sanctuary - Lauren Mason

Sturnidae - Setareh Ebrahimi

Rut - Ian Steadman

When a magician - Kate Wise

Palavas-les-Flots - Paul Stephenson

Notes for the "Chronicles of the Land that has no Shape" - Frank Roger

Rough Music - Jayne Stanton

The Butterfly Factory - William Stephenson

Hibernation - Sandra Unerman

Jellyfish - Megan Pattie

Barred Owl - Kristin Camitta Zimet

Ouroboros - Douglas Thompson

The Great Eel of Jazz - Amanda Oosthuizen

University Library - Lindsay Reid

Vulpine - Tarquin Landseer

Sloth - Elaine Ruth White

Flock - David Hartley

Fishy Business - Diana Cant

Wojtek - Mary Livingstone

Susheela - Bindia Persaud

Fluke - Michael G. Casey

Buck and Doe - Jane Burn

A structure of perfect angles - Jane Lovell

Two Lost Souls - Tracey Emerson

Company to Keep at the Harvard Museum of Natural History - Jenny Grassl

Last night a deer - Kerry Darbishire

Miss Muffet Owns Her Inner Spider - Hannah Linden

Dewclaw - Ian Kappos

Female Skate - Sarah Westcott

Noctuary - Tarquin Landseer

Her Audience Shall Stand in Ovation - Jason Gould

Allen Ashley is a British Fantasy Award winning editor and a prizewinning poet. He is the author or editor of fourteen published books including the novel The Planet Suite (Eibonvale Press, 2016) and the short story collection Once and Future Cities (Eibonvale Press, 2009). He works as a critical reader and also as a creative writing tutor with five groups currently running across north London, including the advanced science fiction and fantasy group, Clockhouse London Writers. He is a committee member for the British Fantasy Society. Website:

Sarah Doyle is Poet-in-Residence to the Pre-Raphaelite Society, for whom she writes commissioned new work, and co-judges an annual poetry competition. She is (with Allen Ashley) co-author of Dreaming Spheres: Poems of the Solar System (PS Publishing, 2014). Sarah has been a guest reader at numerous poetry venues; has been published widely in magazines, journals and anthologies; and placed in many competitions. She was Highly Commended in the Best Single Poem category of the Forward Prizes for Poetry 2018. Sarah holds a Creative Writing MA from Royal Holloway College, University of London, and works as a freelance manuscript critique provider. Website:


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