15th March sees the publication of #37 of The Blue Nib, which will include a consideration by Me of Kipling’s short story, The Gardener. This tale, written in the aftermath of World War One, ends with a poignant visit to Hagenzeele Third, a British War Grave, a place ‘still in the making’. For those of us whose connection to such places is at a two or three generation remove and a hundred years of history, a visit to the beautifully manicured cemetery’s of the War Graves Commission can still be profoundly moving. For those who visited when fathers, husbands, brothers, children, and lovers were freshly interred and were faced with ‘a merciless sea of black crosses’ it must have been unimaginably painful.

Yet Kipling’s story does more than make that point. It is about truth and deception, and prophecy and the prices paid. The Gardener was included in the 1926 collection, Debits and Credits.

The Blue Nib is a magazine of new poetry, fiction and essays, and #37 will launch in Lincoln on 23rd March.