Wednesday, 13 October 2021
Last year I reviewed John Cooper Clarke's Ten Years in an Open Necked Shirt. I supposed that working class poets from the North West would mine the gritty reality of their industrial environment for their work rather than the romantic foppery of daffodils. How wrong I was. In The Mersey Sound, a collection first published in 1967, Adrian Henri has a poem called The New, Fast Automatic Daffodils(1).
Thursday, 29 April 2021
I woke up to the sad news that Michael Collins had died. Five years ago the Apollo 11 astronaut inspired the first story I wrote that I was pleased with. I don't remember watching the Apollo 11 mission on TV, but there's plenty of information online which I used as research: Computers in Spaceflight: The NASA Experience, and Glamour: Would you go to Mars? Meet the four women astronauts who can't wait to go, and most importantly, the EP-72 Log of Apollo 11. Here's my story. Hope you enjoy it.
“What are you doing there?”Static crackled through the radio receiver.
Saturday, 3 April 2021
And so, I was wary of expecting too much from Alan Bennett's "The Complete Talking Heads",
Thursday, 11 March 2021
Years later you find the time to do that thing you wanted to do aged sixteen and you discover David Lodge's book, The Art of Fiction