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Book Review – The Establishment…

…And how they get away with it.  By Owen Jones.                         This was not an easy book to read; not calming or uplifting. Jones sets out a tale of how, over … Continue reading

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The Devil Rides Ute

I seem to remember I might have promised (or was it threatened) some more poetry. So here it is, another piece from my sojourn down under, inspired by a monstrous vehicle that trundled past me one day while I was … Continue reading

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Writer’s Retreat

Why is it that ambition always exceeds the reality of what can be achieved? My writing holiday is now a fast-fading memory, and I’m left wondering how I could have imagined I would have got  so much done (see my … Continue reading

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The Mile High Poets Society

I’d like to share with you a poem that I wrote yesterday, while sitting in an aeroplane somewhere over Southern Europe. I say yesterday, but I can’t be sure of that, having crossed several time zones since then. And I … Continue reading

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First Reading

Last week, I did the first ever public reading of my work. It was at the monthly meeting of the Cardiff Humanists group, to which I’ve been going for more than a year now (Cardiff Humanists). The theme for this month’s meeting … Continue reading

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Heaven knows I’m miserable now…

Steven Morrissey, not content with persuading Penguin to publish his autobiography as a classic, has now also got them to publish his debut novel. Stephen’s initials are, of course, S & M which, if the critics are to be believed, and we … Continue reading

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Do I look like Roald Dahl?

Recently, I submitted one of my stories to a popular writing magazine. I’ve not had a great deal of success so far (despite some positive feedback) so I’m hoping for a change of fortune. The magazine in question has some very fixed, rather strange … Continue reading

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Women’s Prize for Fiction – The Orange is a Lemon

And the winner is… …a woman. Isn’t it time that the Women’s Prize for Fiction was cancelled? I’ve never been in favour of positive discrimination. Victims of discrimination are not black, white, gay, atheist, etc., they’re human beings. Positive discrimination … Continue reading

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Fiction or Autobiography?

fiction n. 1 prose literature, especially novels, describing imaginary events and  people. (1.) I’ve read that the questions authors most hate are those that suggest their work is autobiographical. Questions such as, ‘To what extent is your work autobiographical?’ or, ‘How much of … Continue reading

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Bird Brain & The Maniac Street Preacher

Up until now I’ve resisted Twitter. I’ve never wanted to become a member of the ‘Twittersphere’, ‘Twitterati’ or whatever made-up twit-word you care to use, because while Twitter could be argued to give everyone the opportunity to have their say, … Continue reading

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