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Wednesday, 3 January 2018


Hello and Happy New Year.

Here are some ideas for January 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.

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 January list and, if I can help, I look forward to hearing from you.


1 - 70 years ago, UK rail network became British Railways
1 - 200 years ago, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley was first published
5 – 85 years ago work started on San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge
5 – 50 years ago BBC TV’s Gardener’s World, with Percy Thrower, first aired
5 – 70- years ago, BBC radio soap Mrs Dale’s Diary’s first episode was broadcast
8 – 50 years ago Prime Minister Harold Wilson endorsed the “I’m Backing Britain” campaign
9 – 250 years ago, Philip Astley staged the first circus in London
9 – Comedian Freddie Star will be 75
14 – 40 years ago punk band The Sex Pistols broke up
18 – Botanist David Bellamy will be 85
18 – 240 years ago, Captain Cook was the first European to discover Hawaii
23 – 75 years ago, Casablanca starring Humphrey Bogart released in the USA
28 – 100 years ago Sooty creator Harry Corbett was born (d. 1989)
28 – 60 years ago the last episode of The Goon Show was broadcast on BBC radio


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 and poetry include – Lapwing Publications (2017 Poetry book – Feathers Ruffled), Fairlight Books (2017 Short Story – Twist), 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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