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Sunday, 9 August 2020


Available for freelance writing commissions on a variety of subjects including family history, nostalgic Belfast and its famous people, shops, shoppers & shopping (40 years in retailing), the golden age of Hollywood (including westerns) and humorous pieces on life's weird and wonderful. Op-eds, columns, non-fiction book reviews too. & @JoeCushnan

I have a portfolio of features, reviews, poetry and short fiction published in all sorts of places - Belfast Telegraph, Tribune, Ireland's Own, Dalhousie Review, Fairlight Books, Reader's Digest, Reality, Lapwing Poetry, Ink, Sweat & Tears, Spillwords, Dear Reader, Amethyst Review, Black Bough, to name a selection.  Oh, and the odd BBC radio contribution. I wrote a book on retailing, on dealing with job losses and a biography of film star Stephen Boyd.

This is a series of (hopefully) funny poems from hundreds I've written over the years (inspired by the likes of Spike Milligan and Roger McGough) to provoke a smile in these odd times.


She was my mother’s sister,
But she suffered this affliction,
Where she couldn’t stop herself
From her spinning-round addiction.

She’d have a get-up spin at dawn,
Then spin all through the day,
She’d spin to bed at bedtime
And spin the night away. 

I said: “You’ve got to stop that.”
She said: “I’ve tried, I can’t.” 
You see, my mother’s sister
Was indeed my giddy aunt.


Text © Joe Cushnan 2020

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