The Bastille journal

THE BASTILLE no.3 and no.4 are still available here.
You can read our issue zero online for free here.

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THE BASTILLE is an upstart literary magazine published in Paris. It is the voice of the community of poets and storytellers that is SpokenWord Paris.

Currently closed for submissions.

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Editor : David Barnes
Editorial collective : Suzanne Allen, David Barnes, Bruce Sherfield and Troy Yorke.

Editorial collective:
David Barnes – Editor. Organiser and host of SpokenWord Paris. Hosted the Other Writers’ Group for 10 years. Author of short stories exploring family and relationship ties. Poet with a range from politically radical engagement to comic verse to speaking personal truth. Prose Editor of Strangers in Paris (Tightrope Books).

Suzanne Allen – Teacher, event coordinator, and Pushcart Prize nominee, Suzanne holds an MFA in Poetry, and her chapbook Verisimilitude is available at  She also creates videos — many from Spoken Word Paris — archived at “Vlogosophy” on You Tube.

Bruce Sherfield – Poet, author, singer, dancer, composer, collagist, baker and crossword wizard, he’s lived on and off around the world from South Korea to South Kansas, releasing spores from his guts which thrive to challenge all powers that be. Organiser and host of AWOL Writers’ Group, co-host of The Other Writers’ Group for many years.

Troy Yorke – Troy is indescribable but I’ll have a go. A surrealist poet who mixes sex with a kaleidoscopic trip through chaos and comes out the other side with an odd take on the world.

THE BASTILLE no.2 ''in your dreams''

THE BASTILLE no.2 – “in your dreams”

No.2 celebrated the anglophone writing scene of SpokenWord Paris and further afield.

100 pages of poetry, prose and art.

Edited by David Barnes, Bruce Sherfield, Suzanne Allen, Pearlann Porter and Troy Yorke.


The Bastille number 1THE BASTILLE no.1

100 pages of poems, stories & Marie de Lutz’s photographs of SpokenWord.

Edited by David Barnes, Suzanne Allen, Jason McGimsey & Kate Noakes.


issueZEROBefore there was THE BASTILLE, there was issue.ZERO lit magazine.

96 pages of poetry and stories in a beautiful book with a cover photo by Dylan Harris.

Edited by David Barnes, Suzanne Allen & Maxime Daher.



1 Response to The Bastille journal

  1. Are you still publishing BASTILLE MAG?

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