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Thursday, 5 January 2017



Here are some ideas for February 2017 features. Some of them may be in your diary already. Some of them may be added to your diary after reading this. Some features may be written by in-house journalists. But maybe, just maybe, I can write something for you.

Have a good old nosey round the blog to see some of the features in the archives.

Let me know what you want, word count, deadline and fee and I will get to work. (A summary of my published work appears below.)

Here's the February 2017 list and, if I can help, I look forward to hearing from you.


1 Monty Python's Terry Jones will be 75
2 Singer/songwriter Graham Nash will be 75
6 Zsa Zsa Gabor would have been 100 (D. 2016)
9 Singer/songwriter Carole King will be 75
11 'Party Planner" Cynthia Payne acquitted of 9 charges of controlling prostitutes 30 years ago
16 Aretha Franklin Day in Detroit Michigan
20 Nirvana's Kurt Cobain would have been 50 (D. 1994)
21 Writer Jilly Cooper will be 80
22 Cloned Dolly the sheep's existence announced 20 years ago
25 A Clockwork Orange writer Anthony Burgess born 100 years ago (D. 1993)
28 Rolling Stone Brian Jones would have been 75 (D. 1969)

Also, in advance of Valentine's Day, 14 February, my collection of funny poems and silly stuff about love - Only Drools & Corsets - is available. Happy for selected poems to be commissioned. Samples available on request.


Books: Belfast Backlash; Shops, Shoppers, Shopping & Shafted; Before Amnesia: Seeds Of A Memoir; Shaking Hands; Retail Confidential; Much Calamity & The Redundance Kid; Stephen Boyd: From Belfast To Hollywood; Hamish Sheaney: The Nearly-Man Of Irish Literature; Juggling Jelly; Geek!; A Belfast Kid; Jack Elam, I Gave You The Best Years Of My Life; The Chuckle Files; The Poems Of Hamish Sheaney: Remastered & Expanded; Only Yules & Verses; Only Drools & Corsets; Fun With Words, Fun With Rhyme; Fun With Words, Fun With Noise

Published features, reviews, poetry and the odd broadcasting gig include - BBC Radio Ulster "The Arts Show", BBC Radio Ulster "The John Toal Show", Wells Festival/Poetry 2016 (Shortlist), The Galway Review, Scarlet Leaf Review, Derwent Poetry Festival 2015, 2015 Templar Poetry Anthology “Mill”, Octavius Magazine, Ireland’s Big Issue, Ink, Sweat & Tears, Belfast Telegraph, 2013 Belfast Book Festival, Irish News, BBC TV NI “Stephen Boyd: The Man Who Never Was”, BBC Radio Sheffield “Rony Robinson”, BBC Radio Ulster “Saturday Magazine”, BBC Radio 4 “You & Yours”, The Guardian, Tribune, NZ Management, The Grocer, Retail Week, Edge, Open Eye, Yorkshire Post, The Catholic Herald, Cambridge Evening News, The London Paper, Southern Cross, NZ Freelance, Writer’s News, Belfast News Letter, Irelands Own, Fortnight, The Dalhousie Review; Blithe Spirit; The Cannon’s Mouth, Poetry Monthly, Poetic Comment, Bard, Current Accounts, Candelabrum, Decanto, Inclement, Haiku Scotland, Time Haiku, etc. 

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