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Sunday, 12 March 2017



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

1 April Fools Day - is it now impossible to have a day of silly fun without causing offence in this era of instant apoplexy?
1 BBC's Panorama broadcast the famous spaghetti tree joke 60- years ago. 
2 Kenneth Tynan born 90 years ago (d. 1980) -  believed to be the first person to say the f-word on TV. Shocking then. Ho-hum now?
6 Merle Haggard born 80 years ago (d. 2016) - his Okie From Muskogee and The Fighting' Side of Me songs pined for a simpler American way of life and unabashed patriotism. Trumpian?
9 Seve Ballesteros born 60 years ago (d. 2011)
12 EuroDisney (Disneyland Paris) opened 25 years ago. Is Disney still magical to today's young generation?
16 Easter Sunday. Church or chocolate; church and chocolate?
16 Wilbur Wright born 150 years ago (d. 1912) with brother Orville gave the world its first successful aeroplane.
17 Daffy Duck will be 80. Suffering succotash!
22 Jack Nicholson will be 80
24 Barbra Streisand will be 75 
25 Ella Fitzgerald born 100 years ago (d. 1996)


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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