Short History of Visionary Tongue
What does the word Visionary mean to
you? It is easy to simply pounce upon the nearest dictionary
to find answers to this question, and still go away empty
handed. The idea behind Visionary Tongue
is simple – to provide a voice for those who wish
to sing, an audience for those who have a tale to tell.
Established in 1995 by British fantasy author Storm
Constantine and Eloise Coquio,
Visionary Tongue grew out of Storm’s involvement
in teaching creative writing classes. Recruiting a number
of professional friends and colleagues, among them Graham
Joyce, Christopher Fowler and
Freda Warrington. Storm wanted to evolve
a regular small press fiction magazine aimed at promoting
and encouraging new talent.
During 1999 VT followed many magazines in becoming fully
online, until 2002 when it changed again into a printed
magazine with online support.
VT is in unique in what it offers the small press market. Though our team of
experienced editors, accepted material for the magazine
is given positive feedback when needed, in order to bring
your work up to a professional level of publication. Showcased
in each issue is what we see as some of the most evocative
and talented people of the new millennium.
Scott is a writer, freelance editor and performer.
As a writer, she has several publishing credits, including
stories in the anthologies Shoes, Ships & Cadavers:
Tales from North Londonshire and The Bitten Word from
Newcon Press and Under the Rose from Norilana Press.
She has been a freelance editor since 2003, and has
carried out work for The Black Library, Immanion Press,
Oxford University Press, Solaris and Angry Robot Books.
Donna is also a popular performance poet and was the
first official Bard of Northampton. She is now a member
of the Rrrants Collective of poets and performers.
She squeezes in a bit of stand-up comedy as well,
and gigs all over the UK. Donna is also Administrator
for the British Science Fiction Association Awards
(Yep – she likes science fiction lots).
Keep up with her non-stop goings
on at www.donna-scott.co.uk
masquerading as a poet in darkest Essex, Jamie’s
connection with Visionary Tongue Magazine goes back
to very early days of the magazine, with one of his
early poems appearing first in Issue Two and later
his first published short story in appearing in Issue
Jamie occasionally remembers he has
also had a career in archaeology, and has been writing
and editing small press magazines since the early
90’s. After organising several successful poetry
and multimedia evenings and being published in numerous
magazines and anthologies, Jamie has recently concentrated
on performing his poetry live in venues across the
When not writing poetry and short
stories, Jamie can often be found working towards
his second degree in Literature and a Masters in Ancient
History & Classics, but when not deep in studies
of obscure roman tyrants, he likes to totter round
his garden and talk to himself in Latin, drinking
far more then is good for him when unchaperoned.
Most recently, Jamie has been working
with the artist Kerry Jones in a planned collection
of her work shortly to be published by the Visionary
|Powder Monki [Web Designer]
Monki, aka Sarah Louise Hicks graduated
with a Fine Art Degree in 1997 and is a multi-media
artist working in textiles, drawing, graphic &
web design and photography. She has both organised
and shown work in several exhibitions and most recently
was a co-organiser of Sundown, a
regular open mic poetry and multimedia evening. Other
interests include genealogy, gardening, cooking and
Kerry Anne Jones
is the online moniker for Kerry Anne Jones. She is
a young Fine Artist, based in deepest, darkest Essex.
She is a painter who works with a wide range of themes,
styles and materials to create innovative, contemporary
works of art. Her ultimate goal is to create artworks
that question the very traditions of painting and
what it means to be a painter in the 21st Century.
In addition to serious artistic endeavours, Jones
also has a vivid imagination and tireless creativity
and works hard to bring bewitching maidens, handsome
adventurers, devilish demons and strange creatures
of fantasy to life in drawings, paintings, models
started drawing from her imagination long before she
could or indeed would talk. And that's the way she
prefers it, communicating to the world using images
rather than words. Still heavily influenced by the
fantasy novels, traditional fairy tales and world
myths and legends absorbed from her childhood reading
- Ruby has grown-up into a multimedia illustrator
interested in exploring the darkly sensual, symbolic
and surreal undercurrents of life (some of which are
based in fact but mostly - sadly, often the best -
are only possible in fiction). Pulled towards works
by writers such as Storm Constantine who create sublime
worlds populated by bewitching characters, Ruby has
found an adult source of fuel for her art.
Ruby has been told that her illustrations
'blend perfectly the mythological, the classical and
the future fantastic' (thanks V.P). And if that wasn't
praise enough, that they are also 'evocative of both
Beardsley and Mucha'. This is an idea that makes her
blush and stutter at the thought. Her first love has
always been the simple complexity of a black ink line
on a piece of white paper, crossing over another.
Her belief that it might just slightly (even remotely
vaguely) be possible to make a career out of drawing
came in the mid-nineties when Ruby's already distinctive
line art, found a natural home within the pages of
alternative small press publications. She figured
that if there were people out there that liked and
understood her stuff, that one day someone might pay
money for it. A surprise nomination in the 'Best Artist'
category in the BSFA awards in 1997 made her smile
non-stop for a week. This was mainly because she was
safe in the knowledge that she would never win it
and therefore not have to make an acceptance speech.
|Mia Hart-Allison [Reviewer]
Hart-Allison has always been desperately in love with
literature and aspires to contribute to it something
meaningful and beautiful. She now lives in the outer
recesses of London with her husband and girlfriend.
She has a degree in Politics and has studied creative
writing at Birkbeck and with the Open University.
Her influences include: Sylvia Plath, Jane Austen,
Emily Bronte, Shirley Jackson, Daphne du Maurier,
George Orwell, Raymond Chandler, Philip K. Dick and
She has published various poems, articles and reviews
in such magazines as Staple, Poetry
Express, Open Wide and Black
She finds reading and writing to be two of the very
few things that distract her from the nihilistic horror
of an entirely meaningless universe.
Photo by Yasmin Tehrani.