Competitions

JBWB Spring Competition

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My name is Jonathan Pinnock and I am a poet. There, I’ve said it. Anyone who has a problem with this can leave the room now (apart from my family, who I’ll make an exception for – even though they do indeed find it acutely embarrassing). I’ve been struggling against this for a while, ever […]

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Mrs Darcy, Episode Thirty-Eight

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Today’s episode is a kind of Mulder/Scully moment between Wickham and Elizabeth and is mainly there to establish what the parties involve think is going on right now. Hope it doesn’t come across as too expository. I have to say that I’m quite miffed that the sedan chair gag doesn’t look quite as fresh as […]

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Mrs Darcy’s New YouTuberance

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Apologies if you’ve already seen this on either Twitter or Facebook, but Mrs Darcy gotta a brand new YouTuberance: Many thanks (and apologies) to Colin Firth, Jennifer Ehle and the Creature from the Black Lagoon.

Publications

Rock Bottom

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My concrete poem inspired by the life and work of the great Robert Wyatt is now up at Ink, Sweat and Tears. I’m sure I’ve said this before, but I’ll always have a soft spot for IS&T because they were the first zine ever to publish a poem of mine. Quite apart from that, I […]

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Mrs Darcy, Episode Thirty-Seven

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I’ve taken a leaf out of my mate Toby Frost’s book and started carrying a notebook around with me (moleskine, of course, to prove that I’m a proper writer), in which I jot down gags as they occur to me. However, the main gag in today’s episode dates back to a long way before I […]

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Mrs Darcy, Episode Thirty-Six

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After the excitement of the last few episodes, the pace slows a little as the ghost of Mary Ann Nicholls goes in search of Wickham and finds more than she was bargaining for. One of the stranger pleasures of running this thing is the daily examination of the site stats and seeing the curious search […]

Anthologies

Whittaker Prize 2010 Progress Report

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So we’ve reached Round Three and something unexpected just happened – I won the round, with my poem “I Suppose We All Thought That, One Way or Another”. The eagle-eyed amongst you will instantly spot this as part of Robert Oppenheimer’s famous quote about the Trinity nuclear test, and there are other parts of the […]

Other people

The Art of Promotion

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At the last meeting of the ever-wonderful Verulam Writers’ Circle we had a workshop led by Miles Barden – who, you may recall, was one of the members of Obstacle Productions who did a few staged readings of (amongst others) a story of mine last year. The theme of the workshop was essentially how to […]

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Mrs Darcy, Episode Thirty-Five

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… in which Lord Byron comes to the rescue and Lady Catherine de Bourgh’s true nature is glimpsed, is now published. Sadly, this is the last we shall see of Lord Byron and Charlotte Collins for a while, although they will return later. Following the last episode’s use of “Resistance is useless!”, I felt that […]