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Tuesday, 13 June 2017



Here are some ideas for July 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 July 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 July Smoking ban in England's workplaces took effect 10 years ago.
1 July MTV was launched in the UK and Ireland 20 years ago.
1 July BBC 2 the first European TV channel to broadcast regularly in colour, 50 years ago.
1 July Hong Kong handed over to Chinese control 20 years ago
2 July A ‘UFO’ crashed at Roswell, New Mexico 70 years ago sparking all sorts of stories.
5 July Spam luncheon meat was launched 80 years ago. Anyone eat it today?
6 July Ann Frank and her family went into hiding 75 years ago.
6 July John Lennon and Paul McCartney met for the first time 60 years ago.
11 July Irish Censorship Act - ban lifted on approx. 5,000 books 50 years ago.
15 July Gianni Versace murdered 20 years ago in Miami.
18 July Thomas Cook, the father of modern tourism, died 125 years ago.
18 July Jane Austen died 200 years ago.
19 July The second IRA ceasefire in 3 years came into effect in N Ireland 20 years ago.
22 July William Sadler, first balloon crossing over Irish Sea, Dublin to Anglesey, 200 years ago.
26 July Danny La Rue born 90 years ago (d. 2009)
31 July Oxfam formed 75 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 – Family Tree magazine, 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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