Visitors' Guide

Hi, I'm Emily Bronto, Bikwil Pet of the Year

Bikwil salutes language, literature, music, nature, the performing arts, hobbies, science and humour

Some of Our Most Popular Pieces

The Abderites

After Rain


"Arab" and "Muslim"

The Aussie Hunter

Azimuth Suite

The Back Room



Graeme Bell

Belshazzar's Feast

Bet Briggs

Bone on Bone

Brennan and Dark

Camp Creative

Clancy of the Overflow



Cliff Walk

"Consist" and "Comprise"

Cultural Trade-Offs

David Crystal

Do You Remember?


Eschewing Intimacy

Five Houses Puzzle

Flying over a Beach in Sumbawa

Judy Garland

Geography Song

Glad Tangents

The Grasshopper and the Kid Glove Kid

Harmony of Contrasts

Grace Hopper

How They Brought the Good News from Ghent to Aix

How to Write a Soapie

Barry Humphries

Hymn to Dance

I Can't Find Rhymes

In Memory of Oscar

In the Pink

Is Bikwil Banned in China?

Jacob's Ladder

Jazz in New York

Joan Clarke

Light Verses

The Long Now

Magnolia Madness

Mathematics for the Million

William Chester Minor



Musical Puns

My Last Garden

Oliver's Travels

On the Trail

Our Australian Flag


Papua New Guinea

Poem for Easter

A Poem for My Father




Revelation on Canvas

Joan Rivers

Running for the 2:22

William Russell

Say Love Now


Slang Dictionaries

Sleeping Giants


Snow Job


Summer Morning


"th" Sound

To Belong

To a Quince

The Trip

Twelve Billiard Balls Puzzle

Stanley Unwin

Richard Wagner

Thomas Wainewright

Waiting Room Joys

Webster's Dictionary

Winter Harvest

With Oranges

Women in Jazz

Worgan Family

Yard Work


Zulu Love Letter

Hundreds MoreBack Issues


Let's Face It

Belatedly putting paid to malicious rumours, the January 2012 issue (No. 89) is now available to subscribers.  

If you're new to Bikwil, why not try the following?

Explore Back Issues of Bikwil

Of course, to fully enjoy the content of our magazine — just as it was originally published — you'll have to pay a visit to our treasure-trove of painstakingly preserved back issues.  Some of our most read essays, stories and poems are listed in the panel on the left.

Note: All our vintage material is available in two convenient formats — one to read and the other to download for printing.  Click here to learn about the specific differences between the two formats. 

Your Chance Encounter

Have you tried our Random Read pages yet?  They allow you to get an essay or poem selected for you at random.  You decide prose or verse, serious or whimsical, then we do the rest.

Emily loves this feature.

Do You Need to Search our Site?

Don't forget to check out our Site Search page.  Powered by the WebSiteStory engine, it gives you particularly relevant results for your enquiries, together with a short extract of the content of each document found. 

Plenty of help is available as well. 

Sites that Bikwil Readers Visit

We continue to add to the Likeable Links pages, too, with click-on praise for more sites certain to appeal to Bikwil readers.

For example, are you familiar with Closer to Truth?  Or The Nitpickers Site?  Ingenious?  The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest?  They all deserve your immediate attention.  So, see you later.

More Detailed Information about Bikwil

If you want fuller details of Bikwil's history and purpose, you should turn to the About Us page, which provides an outline of the rationale and history behind the magazine and Web site — plus much, much more. 

For answers to the questions most likely to be asked by newcomers, have a gander at the FAQ page

New Contributors Welcome

As for those enjoying the understated pleasures of Bikwil for the first time, we hope you'll feel moved to contribute

All you students, for example — whether you're studying literature, history, sociology, the environment, art, science, music, the media, linguistics, etc. — why not write us something on your interests? 

And you retired folk?  What about you?  How about telling us about your hobbies? 

Whatever your age, however, we encourage you all to read our advice to contributors.

Failing the urge to write, if you have a suggestion for something you'd like us to write about, please let us know.

Come Join Us

Most of all, of course, we'd like you to subscribe.  Emily continues to assert that you can get Bikwil for free.  Is she deluded?  See for yourself — on the Subscriptions page. 

What Others Think of Bikwil

Finally, may we suggest that you take time to look at our Testimonials Page.

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