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Tuesday, 9 May 2017



Here are some ideas for June 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 June 2017 list and, if I can help, I look forward to hearing from you. I will add more to the list if and when I come across any interesting ideas.

1 Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles released 50 years ago. A classic game-changing album or an overhyped novelty record?
1 Ernie drew the first Premium Bond prize 60 years ago.
2 Film star Stephen Boyd died 40 years ago at 45. Northern Ireland-born-actor in Ben-Hur, The Fall of the Roman Empire, The Man Who Never Was, Fantastic Voyage and Shalako.
Dean Martin born 100 years ago. Died at 78 in 1995. The voice of Christmas? Oh, the weather outside is frightful…..
15 Original country outlaw Waylon Jennings born 80 years ago. Died at 64 in 2002. Are you sure Hank done it this way?
18 Western star Richard Boone born 100 years ago. Died at 63 in 1981. Another of the TV greats from my golden 50s/60s age of TV westerns – Paladin in Have Gun Will Travel.
26 Elvis Presley’s last ever concert – in Indianapolis – took place 40 years ago. About 7 weeks later, he was dead.
26 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling first published 20 years ago.
27 The world’s first hole-in-the-wall cash machine was launched by Barclays Bank in Enfield 50 years ago by entertainer Reg Varney.
30 The emergency 999 telephone service began 80 years ago.


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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