Jonathan Pinnock - Writer of Stuff


Shambelurkling and Other Stories is Now Available!

ShambelurklingBefore I say anything else, feast your eyes on that cover. Isn’t it gorgeous? Right, this is another anthology that I’m in, except there’s a bit of  difference in that this one’s for kids – specifically kids aged 8 to 12. It’s been produced in aid of the National Autistic Society’s Early Bird Plus Programme, and of the unbelievably reasonable £3.99 cover price, £1.06 will go to the charity.

So props to Marit Meredith of The Pages Magazine for organising it, and to my fellow writers too numerous to name, but including Trevor Belshaw, Sharon Birch, Rachel Carter, Rebecca Emin, Ruchira Mandal and Maureen Vincent-Northam.

I reckon it’s an ideal Christmas present if you’ve got any 8 to 12-year old kids lying around the place. Here’s where you can go to buy it.

My contribution is a bunch of poems about imaginary animals. Here’s one to whet your appetite:

The Scuzzcat’s a bit like a tabby,
except scrofulous*, scorious* and scabby.
When you stroke one, the memory lingers,
because bits come away in your fingers.

* Look these up in a dictionary. Then again, on second thoughts, best not to.


  1. Aha! Now I know what breed my mother’s cat is! Great little poem.

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    November 14, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Hehe. Thanks, Sherri 🙂

  3. Lovely looking collection, Jon. I’ll definitely get one for my kids. Maybe I’ll find out what breed they are…

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    November 16, 2010 at 12:05 am

    Thanks, Gordon. I think they’ll like it. However, can’t help you on breeds, I’m afraid – ours claim to be adults these days. Tenuous claim, mind.

  5. Hello Jonathan – just popped in to say how much I enjoyed reading your poems in Shambelurkling.

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    January 16, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    Thanks, Marilyn 🙂 They’ve been sitting in a metaphorical drawer for years, so it was nice to see them in print!

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