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Wednesday, 18 October 2017



Here are some ideas for November 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 November 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.

7 Marie Curie born 170 years ago (died 1934)
8 Bram Stoker born 170 years ago (died 1912)
8 12 people killed and 63 injured in an IRA bomb in Enniskillen 30 years ago
11 Mairead Corrigan & Betty Williams received the Nobel Peace Prize 40 years ago
15 Petula Clark will be 85
17 Martin Scorsese will be 75
18 31 people died and 100 injured in a fire at King’s Cross Station 30 years ago
20 Princess Elizabeth married Philip Mountbatten 70 years ago
19 Indira Ghandi born 100 years ago (died 1984)
19 Calvin Klein will be 75
20 Windsor Castle caught fire 25 years ago
20 The last typewriter (Brother) built in the UK was produced 5 years ago. Secretary/PA memories?
22 Boris Becker will be 50
23 Boris Karloff born 130 years ago (died 1969)
25 General Synod of the Church of England voted to allow women priests 25 years ago
27 Jimi Hendrix born 75 years ago (died 1970)
29 Findings of the Leveson inquiry into the British media announced 5 years ago. What’s changed?
30 Jonathan Swift born 350 years ago (died 1745)

Number One UK Single 50 years ago - November 1967:
To Sir With Love – Lulu

You're welcome


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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