Publications

Normal Service is Resumed

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Apologies for going slightly spEak You’re bRanes in my last post. As this increasingly bizarre story has unfolded over the past few days, it’s become quite clear that there are some darker forces at work here, and almost involved seems to have their own agenda, apart (of course) from the saintly Andrew Sachs. That’s the […]

Other people

Of All The People To Pick On …

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Couldn’t give a toss about Russell Brand, but I used to like Jonathan Ross. He always struck me as someone who had a little more behind him than the average celeb. But after this stunt, I’m not so sure. I haven’t had many encounters with celebs (apart from – God help me – Margaret Thatcher, and […]

Music

Messiaen and the Art of Thinking Big

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Ostensibly, this post doesn’t have an awful lot to do with writing, but it’s my blog, so I can write whatever I want, can’t I? And you never know, it might just turn out to have some relevance. Anyway, this morning I opened up my copy of BBC Music Magazine and instead of casting it […]

Performances

A Winter’s Chill

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Ooh, this is exciting. Up and coming actor Miles Barden will be doing a one-man part of a two-man show at the New End Theatre in Hampstead between Christmas and New Year, performing four chilling stories under the heading of (appropriately enough) “A Winter’s Chill”. I don’t know details of all the stories involved, but I […]

Competitions

txtlit

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What was I saying about txtlit the other day? Well, I just had a text from them saying that I was a runner-up in the September comp, and that they’d like to publish my piece on their website. Just shows you never can tell. I thought my entry for the August one was absolutely ace, […]

Stuff

Practise, Practise, Practise

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Bugger. Why does this always happen? I tend to think of myself as someone who knows his way around the English language. You will find no greengrocer’s apostrophes on this site, mate. Oh no. So why is it that whenever I show my father (aged 92, and in full possession of his marbles) anything I’ve […]

Other people

Stop Making Sense

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I sometimes worry that my writing is a bit shallow, and that I get distracted from the task of writing great literature by the occasional desire either to go for laughs or to construct a story that makes some kind of logical sense. But this rather lovely story from Sara Crowley’s blog (via Vanessa Gebbie) […]

Acceptances

The Oddville Press

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After a flurry of rejections and competition failures over the last few days, it was something of a relief to get an acceptance today for my flash “The Truth About Uncle Joe” from The OddVille Press. This was actually one of the pieces that I pulled from the Fish One Page Story competition when it […]

Publications

Visiting Time

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“Visiting Time” has now just gone live at Every Day Fiction – my second appearance there. This piece was shortlisted for this year’s Fish One Page Story competition, and it’s nice to see it finally get published. As ever with EDF, the comments are interesting, especially with regard to the accent of the main protagonist. […]