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Sunday, 26 November 2017



Here are some ideas for December 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 December 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.

3 First human heart transplant performed by Christiaan Barnard 50 yrs ago
5 The Great Smog of London air pollution crisis began 65 years ago
9 Donny Osmond turns 60
9 Prince Charles/Princess Diana formal separation announced 25 years ago.
12 Guess Who's Coming To Dinner released 50 years ago
14 US astronaut Eugene Cernan last man to walk on the moon 45 years ago
16 Saturday Night Fever released 40 years ago (Disco, throwing shapes?)
18 Bridge on the River Kwai released 60 years ago
18 Flowerpot men first aired on BBC years ago (How kids' TV has changed!)
19 Titanic film released 20 years ago
21 The Graduate released 50 years ago
21 Jane Fonda turns 80
31 Anthony Hopkins turns 80
29 The Good, The Bad & The Ugly released 50 years ago
31 The Wild Geese released 40 years ago (I have a Stephen Boyd related story)

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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