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Tuesday, 11 July 2017



Here are some ideas for August 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 August 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.

5 Marilyn Monroe was found dead 55 years ago
6 Robert Mitchum was born 100 years ago
6 Barbara Windsor turns 80
8 Dustin Hoffman turns 80
10 The Queen visited Northern Ireland for the first time in 11 years 40 years ago.
13 Walt Disney’s Bambi premiered in the U.S.
15 Corporal punishment was banned in British state schools
16 Elvis Presley died 40 years ago
19 Michael Ryan killed 14 people in a rampage in Hungerford 30 years ago
22 Bluesman John Lee Hooker was born 100 years ago
27 Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein died 50 years ago
29 F1 champion James Hunt would have been 70 (died at 45 in 1993)
30 F1 champion Michael Schumacher won his first Grand Prix (Belgium) 25 years ago
31 Diana, Princess of Wales died 20 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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