Linda Ibbotson







The Enchanting Verses Literary Review- the journey



There are numerous international literary journals but the innovative Enchanting Verses Literary Review stands proud in the marketplace.


This on line review was launched in March 2008. The first issue was dedicated to the works of William Shakespeare. Subsequent issues have been dedicated to writers such as Emily Dickinson (January 2009), Thomas Hardy (April 2010) and Ted Hughes (April 2013). A print issue published in 2012, The Best of the Enchanting Verses is available to purchase.


This high quality journal is based in India and has, since 2011 enjoyed a unique connection with the Republic of Macedonia when it collaborated with the long established and well known Macedonian Literary Magazine ‘Stremez.’  This highly acclaimed journal was first printed in 1954 and has published many great poets such as Pablo Neruda and Andrey Vosnesensky.


Having gained notoriety, The Enchanting Verses Literary Review  has since been mentioned in various International media along with the” Diplomatic Bulletin of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Republic of Macedonia.”  The journals success is accredited to the Editor in Chief, Sonnet Mondal.

Sonnet and his permanent editorial staff along with an invited guest editor for each issue select articles of only the highest calibre and quality to showcase in the Review. The guest editors such as Helene Cardona (May 2014,) Melissa  Studdard (November 2013) and Peycho Kanev (March 2012) to name a few have many accomplishments and accolades in the literary field.

The journals feature diverse penmanship ‘par excellence,’ not only in the field of poetry but also publishes in-depth research and essays, translation work, interviews and book reviews. This most visually attractive review is published three or four times yearly with a special mention in each issue of a chosen outstanding poet who is subsequently nominated with the title ‘Enchanting Poet.’ Mateja Matevski, Amy King, Sidney Wade, Jovica Tasevski –Eternijan to name but a few.

Some further eminent names featured in various issues are:-


May 2014, Macedonian Collaboration: – Risto Vasilevski, a poet , novelist,  essayist, anthologist, literary critic, translator, and academician who has gained special recognition of the Government of the Republic of Serbia for his first class contribution to the national culture.

July 2012, Editors Choice:  –  Hélène Cardona is an award winning poet, literary translator, and actress, author of Dreaming My Animal Selves (Salmon Poetry, 2013), winner of the Pinnacle Book Award, The Astonished Universe (Red Hen Press, 2006), and Life in Suspension (Salmon Poetry, 2016).  Translations include What We Carry by Dorianne Laux: Ce que nous portons (Editions du Cygne, 2014), and Beyond Elsewhere by Gabriel Arnou-Laujeac. She holds an MA in American Literature (Sorbonne), taught at Hamilton College & Loyola Marymount University, translated for the Canadian Embassy & NEA, and received fellowships from the Goethe-Institut & Universidad Internacional de Andalucía. She is co-editor of Dublin Poetry Review and Levure Littéraire.

June 2011 included a special homage to Mallika Sengupta (1960–2011), born in Kolkata she was a major poet and writer in Banla. She has published 21 books, including 14 books of poetry, 1 book of translations and 2 novels, 2 books of essays on gender and an edited anthology of Bengali women’s poetry. Also homage was paid to Subhas Ghoshal (1948–2010), a litterateur, poet, biographer, essayist and novelist. Subhas-da has excelled in every form of literature and has won numerous awards for his work.

These, together with other known writers and contributors establish a remarkable plethora of diversity that makes this journal a journey of curiosity and exploration. The May 2014 issue includes among others, John Fitzgerald, Bertha Rogers, Martha Collins, Donald Revell, Mariano Zaro, Marc Vincenz, Adam Wyeth, Rodica Draghincescu, and Amir Khushrau’s essay:  The Musical Soul of India by Dr Shamenaz.

May this journey continue to inspire and enchant its future readers and followers. A journey made possible only by Sonnet Mondal, whose enthusiasm and love for the written word has made The Enchanting Verses Literary Review clearly an outstanding International Review that quenches our literary thirst.













Linda Ibbotson was born in Sheffield, England, lived in Switzerland and Germany, travelled extensively throughout Europe and Morocco, spent a month in India before settling in County Cork, Ireland 18 years ago.

A poet, artist and photographer her poems have appeared in the Blue Max Review, the Mad Swirl, the Porter Gulch Review 2013, the Inspired Heart, Epistome and Virtuoso. She has had poetry read on Phoenix fm radio in Australia and has been interviewed on CRY104 in Ireland. She writes a regular poetry feature for Musicians Together “on line” music magazine and formerly a fortnightly feature for Plum Tree Books focusing on poetry, music and arts events in Ireland.

Linda was invited to read at the Abroad Writers Conference in Lismore Castle  Ireland December 2013.

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