Luciana Francis – ‘Canto Para Sereias’ and ‘Memoria’

Luciana Francis’ beautiful song Canto Para Sereias appears in Lines Underwater. The song is based on a poem she wrote in her native Portugese, and translated especially for us. Have a listen:


Under the waves they roam
Sea, galloping, horses
Rafts slide by unnoticed
Where mermaids pay their visits

And I know that they call
Out for you, and I know that they
Sing to enchant you

Their hair bares curls like waves
Starfish are ever so daring
Alluring sailors to the deep
Promising their invisible kingdom

And I know that they call
Out for you, and I know that they
Sing to enchant you.

Luciana also writes novels and short stories. Below, you can download one of her short stories, Memoria, which, like Phoebe Power’s poem Stella’s Body in our anthology, links a siren-theme with Marian devotion.

Memoria by Luciana Francis

Luciana Francis was born Luciana Saldanha in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She moved to London in 1998, where she still resides. She graduated in Anthropology & Media at Goldsmiths College and is currently writing a novella in her native Portuguese.

A submerged lighthouse – Chelsea Cargill

Did you know that Robert Louis Stevenson’s grandfather built the first submerged-in-the-tide lighthouse, and the last still standing? Bell Rock, built in 1811, is is 11 miles off the coast of Scotland on the Inchcape reef. Its name apparently derives from the warning bell it originally featured, which was quickly stolen by Dutch pirates (much like some of the other bells we’ve featured on this blog). Chelsea Cargill writes all about it in her non-fiction piece:

Bell Rock (click to read online)

Bell Rock Lighthouse, photo by Derek Robertson

Bell Rock Lighthouse, photo by Derek Robertson

Chelsea Cargill’s short story Gold appears for the first time in Lines Underwater, illustrated with some gorgeous new art work by Jessica Taylor. A surprising and haunting tale of a mermaid trapped in a circus under the custodianship of the greedy and ruthless owner Mr McLelland, Gold draws on mid-twentieth century mermaid histories such as the Weeki Wachee theatres in Florida.

Chelsea Cargill is  a writer based in Edinburgh and has had creative nonfiction published in FuseLitDuality, and Spilt Milk. Her fiction is included in the current New Voices Press anthology Shorelines and Pushing Out the Boat.  She also has poetry in several literary magazines.

To read Gold and other mermaid-related short stories and poems, you can order Lines Underwater! A limited number of anthologies are currently available to pre-order for the special price of £9 before the launch in September.