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Wednesday, 1 February 2017



Here are some ideas for March 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 March 2017 list and, if I can help, I look forward to hearing from you.

March 2017
1 Singer Harry Belafonte will be 90
2 Singer Lou Reed would have been 75 (d. 2013)
2 Writer John Irving is 75
6 Comedian Frankie Howerd born 100 years ago (d. 1992)
15 Actor James Ellis would have been 86 (d. 2014)
17 St Patrick's Day - inebriated, emotional exiles in funny hats? Or what?
20 Singer Dame Vera Lynn will be 100
24 Punch magazine closed 25 years ago
24 Businessman Lord Alan Sugar will be 70
30 Actor Warren Beatty will be 80

In 1967, I was 13. I already had an after-school job delivering groceries on a 'Granville' bike under my belt (no safety hat, no hi-vis jacket) and I think around about this time 50 years ago, I was working in a chip shop a few evenings a week (hot fat and slippery floors, pre health & safety). It was my second year at St Mary's Christian Brothers Grammar School, Belfast. In the city and certain neighbourhoods, trouble was simmering.........


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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