Her Only Friends

Sometimes there is nothing to say. Sometimes the words are not there. Sometimes the voice is silent. Sometimes she has gone to those places she goes to when the world is not right for her. There is a place, high up on the cliff she sits to watch the horizon where the sea meets theContinue reading “Her Only Friends”

Britain’s New Poet laureate

Stanza Synecdoche first came to prominence in the UK’s vital contemporary poetry scene with her Lines on a Shopping List. A three-page, 27 stanza piece detailing all the things she needed to buy on her next shopping trip. Critics praised the piece for her daring use of juxtaposition in placing fresh vegetables next to boxedContinue reading “Britain’s New Poet laureate”

The Selling of Tales

‘What’s that?’ ‘It’s a story.’ The artisan stood back, admiring his own work. ‘What does it do?’   The artisan glanced up, thinking it was maybe the inbreeding, but – still – as his old dad always said, the customer is always right. ‘It is a series of events, written down.’ ‘Oh.’ The (potential) customer leantContinue reading “The Selling of Tales”

Writer’s Block

I turned.   Then I wished I hadn’t.   There was a man, standing there in the doorway behind me. He had a gun in his hand.   I raised my hands.   ‘What are you doing?’ he said.   ‘You’ve got a gun.’   ‘And?’ He looked down at the pistol in his hand.Continue reading “Writer’s Block”

New Kindle Book Out Now: Grand Uncle Stagnant and the Summer of Love

Grand Uncle Stagnant and the Summer of Love Available now here (UK) or here (US) Yet more outpourings and ejaculations from Norbert Trouser-Quandary’s notably upstanding organ, featuring more tales of the doings and goings-on in that most delightfully perverted of England’s rural villages: Little Frigging in the Wold. This volume of tales from Little FriggingContinue reading “New Kindle Book Out Now: Grand Uncle Stagnant and the Summer of Love”

Shakespeare and Commercialism

  ‘The isle is full of noises’. As most people know Elizabethan spelling was more a matter of individual choice rather than adhering to any standard, so Shakespearean scholars have often overlooked the fact that here the bard meant aisles rather than isles as yet again he was working under commercial commission, something which today’sContinue reading “Shakespeare and Commercialism”

Shakespeare and Historical Accuracy

‘Let us sit upon the ground. And tell sad stories of the death of kings; how some have been deposed; some slain in war, some haunted by the fear of Brussels sprouts returning in the dead watches of the night.’ As the original Folio version of Shakespeare’s Richard II shows, the bard was much troubledContinue reading “Shakespeare and Historical Accuracy”

Shed-Based Cogitations

  Then there are three of them, which, if you’ve never been quietly engaged in philosophical speculation in your shed and been disturbed by She and her cronies then you are indeed fortunate. However, like all those unused to philosophical speculation and contemplation, they were immediately curious as to why such deep pondering involves theContinue reading “Shed-Based Cogitations”

Something for the Weekend: Free Kindle Novel – Hanging Around Until

Hanging Around Until ‘Education is hanging around until you’ve caught on’ – Robert Frost. Set during the mid-1980s, Hanging Around Until is the story of Paul Carr, who, at the age of 28, decides to become a mature student at a North-Eastern university in the hope that an education will help give a direction toContinue reading “Something for the Weekend: Free Kindle Novel – Hanging Around Until”

Something for the Weekend: Free Kindle Novel – Dance on Fire

Free for the next five days: Dance on Fire What do you do when sex and drugs and rock and roll are no longer enough? At one time, Transmission were probably the most famous rock band on the planet. Now, even as they approach their twenty-fifth anniversary they are still up there, one of theContinue reading “Something for the Weekend: Free Kindle Novel – Dance on Fire”

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