So summer is nearly over, what summer there was, which wasn’t much. But that’s what being British is all about. And living in hot countries ain’t all it’s cracked up to be and I should know as I’ve lived in more than my fair share. Think tropical diseases, malaria, dengue fever, Japanese encephalitis, and the dreaded jumping spider plague. Add to that unsanitary conditions, weird food, communication barriers, xenophobia and living in Swindon might not be as bad as it sounds.
So get ready for winter lit fiends coz you don’t need a weatherman to know which way the winds blowing. Anyway I relish the short days and dark nights, where a pub with it’s yellow lights indicative of warmth and shelter are always a welcoming sight for any lonesome traveller looking for respite from the elements.
And winter is a good time to stock up on reading material. Lifestyle magazines always spout on about best beach reads, but no one really reads on the beach. The beach is just not a good place to read, unlike snuggled next to a roaring fire with a glass in hand in the middle of December.
Now, it has been brought to my attention that some of my publications are too expensive – nay even elitist. Could be true or might be that some of you are tightwads. Whatever – if you are looking for an inexpensive read that features some of my writings then look no further. The latest edition of Verbal is out now, which includes work by myself, Michael Keenaghan, Joe England, Martin Knight & Irvine Welsh amongst others. And when I say something is good then you know it’s good and at £2 a pop, you’d be a mug not to get your sordid hands on a copy. Then there is John Morrisons – With Regards to Light & Dark – another zine that has appeared out of nowhere and which features a short story of mine. Click on the links below to sort yourself out.
In Regard to Light and Dark
Fancy some lit fiend entertainment this October then get yourself to Nottingham, England’s renaissance town. See poster below and start booking train and hotel tickets.
Last but not least – on a recent trip home I unearthed a publication that I’d presumed lost for 18 years. With my novel Burrito Deluxe days from publication it was a weirdie experience that it turned up now, but it did and so It’s time to get cultivating…
Milk Race Fanatics – stop shagging that grapefruit and check out this Super 8mm knee trembler…