I see ghosts.

Annika Matthys writes her debut piece for The Stag, with an intimate and evocative look at the impact of grief on a person.

Sonnet for a shark

Lauren Hall writes a vivid poem using the metaphor of a shark to convey intense emotions.


Poet Lauren Hall shares her debut piece with The Stag, an evocative poem structured into eight stanzas.

For Christmas

Nefeli Michaelidou shares an exceptional poem, showing the more somber side to Christmas as “it can remind us of those who are no longer with us.”

A Collection of Poems by Luana Vasconcelos

Poet Luana Vasconcelos shares a collection of Haiku style poems touching on themes of the beauty of nature and the comfort found within poetry.

Conversations With Surrey’s Anonymous Instagram Poet

Rosa Heaton has a discussion with Surrey’s successful instagram poet, known as Perseus. Exploring his inspiration and tips on running a successful account.


A short story by University of Surrey student Will Brook.

The Booker Prize 2019 Explained

Kieran Adamson explores the recent Booker Prize, controversially awarded to two authors. He looks into the reasons behind the decision and public responses.

The Paper Ticket

The Paper Ticket is a short story written by English Literature student Michael Raine.

Unpacking What it Means to be a ‘New Writer’ with James Tatam

Rosa Heaton interviews Literature Student James Tatam on Surrey New Writer’s Festival and what it means to be a ‘new writer’

The Right to Write: Who Gets to Write Diversity?

Helia Daryani looks at who should write stories championing diversity, is it right if the author isn’t representative of their focus minority?

Is the Romance Genre Ruining Real Relationships?

Sophie Pike offers a perspective on how real long term relationships are threatened by the portrayal of romance in film, tv and novels.

Harrow Woods Resort

“I was woken up by the rattling of the car. The clanking of pipes in its underbelly sounded like gunfire in my nightmare…” by Annabella Costantino

Someone Else’s Chair

In a parking lot on the outskirts of Montgomery, every Wednesday the local church held a Flea Market. A Short story by Sam Murphy

The Bandit

A Poem by Ellie Turner

The relationship between books and trigger warnings

As movember continues alongside Stag Media’s mental health awareness push, Helia Daryani looks into the effects media and literature can have on mental health and the need for trigger warnings.

3 Books that Explore Mental Heath

This November, Stag Media are advocating Mental Health awareness and support. Amy Newham kicks this off with three books that cleverly and honestly explore mental health.

Poetry is more than just Shakespeare: it’s art without boundaries

How would you approach writing a flawless poem? For National Poetry Day Helia Daryani looks at her own experiences writing poetry and how it’s developed through her education.

How to Support Your Favourite Authors

FRESHERS SPECIAL: Helia Daryani explains some of the best ways to help your favourite authors benefit from your readership.


by Kieran Adamson


by James Tatam

Diamonds for the Damned

An Excerpt from Emily Byfield-Riches’ new short novel ‘Diamonds for the Damned’ – Available to read free online now