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Saturday, 30 December 2017


The Pivot Questionnaire comprises 10 questions. I have seen it used on the television show Inside The Actor's Studio, presented by James Lipton.

Apparently, the questions originated on a French TV show called Bouillon de Culture, hosted by Bernard Pivot.

As the Old Year reaches its end and a New Year prepares to dawn, the questions are worthy of reflection, I think. Every time I do this exercise, my answers are almost always different!

Here are my answers. Let me know yours, if you would like to share. Use the comments box below.

Happy New Year one and all

  1. What is your favourite word? - Nonchalant
  2. What is your least favourite word? - Atrocity
  3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally? - Memories
  4. What turns you off? - Hatred
  5. What is your favourite curse word? - Shit
  6. What sound or noise do you love? - Acoustic guitar played perfectly
  7. What sound or noise do you hate? - The news
  8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? - Radio broadcaster
  9. What profession would you not like to do? - Surgeon
  10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? - Do you want the good news or the bad news?

Thursday, 21 December 2017


I am delighted to announce that after several self-published poetry collections and individual poems published here and there, my first proper book backed by a publisher, Lapwing Publications(Belfast), has just been produced.

The book is available to buy here -

Feathers Ruffled
Joe Cushnan

2017 Lapwing Publications
ISBN 978-1-910855-72-0
53 Pages


In 1960, my father left our Belfast home, his wife and seven young children and vanished. The next we heard of him was when we were told he had died at 57 in Clapham, London. This collection of poems was borne out of my research into his 22 'missing' years. The poems concern him, my mother, my family, Belfast and me.

Lapwing Publications
c/o 1 Ballysillan Drive
BT 14 8HQ
Northern Ireland


In process is a memoir of my father - Has Anyone Here Seen Kelly? In Search of My Father: The Mystery of 22 Missing Years - my major project kindly fund-supported by The National Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Feathers Ruffled is not part of this project, although some of the material is related.