Editing John Wick

Day whatever of wheezing, sleeplessness and wandering around in that dull haze caused by feverish insomnia. I’d write a book about it, but Stephen King beat me to it.   For the past few weeks, I’ve been reading and rereading Shaun Coyne’s The Story Grid. It’s the text I was looking for to guide my editing efforts on my first …

I Love the NHS

Insert snappy opening line here because I don’t have one. I haven’t slept for more than a couple of hours at a time over the past week. When I do, it’s in a contorted position on the sofa in an attempt to keep my coughing, hacking, and swearing from waking everyone else up. So far it’s worked, but I need …

Not A Starving Artist

Not a Starving Artist

Earlier in the week the incredibly switched on Hilary Copeland, General Manager of the John Hewitt Society sent me a link to the Harry Giles blog post breaking down the evolution of his finances as an artist. Over a four-year period, it shows a shift from the majority of his earnings coming from non-artistic work to artistic work and growing …

Baked Verse Buy Books Help People

Baked Verse

Baked Verse – Buy Books Help People On 25th Aug 2016 at 7 pm, I’m co-hosting The Baked Verse Poetry Night at the Crescent Arts Centre in Belfast. I’d love if you could join me but if you can’t attend you can support the event by buying one of the books from the wish list. Every book will aid the …

Let’s stop shouting at the white guy

A recent social media post finished with an angry demand that white cis males ask permission before they commented. I know it was angry because it was written in capital letters with exclamation marks. I see that more often. An instant assumption that all straight white men are the problem. It’s a stick to beat all straight white guys with and any protest …

webinars are shit

Webinars Are Shit

I’ve been thinking about newsletters and the only two I read every week. I got to thinking about them because I got one that I don’t read because every time it comes through to my mailbox, it’s another blatant piece of marketing crap wrapped up as concern or advice. The two that I do read are at opposite ends of …

Episode 003 – Back from the Summer School

Hello, hello, hello. I only needed one hello but my editing software glowers at me when I repeat words, and sometimes I like to punish it. I spent last week as the Bursary Liason for the John Hewitt Society International Summer School. It was a brilliant week of books, conversation, and staying up past midnight looking for keys, bags, and …

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This is not the post I was going to write

It’s Sunday night, the sky is thick with black clouds, the rain has been relentless all day and seagulls are screaming outside even though the sea is a couple of miles away. It’s summer in Northern Ireland. Healthy I’ve gone through a lot of fitness cycles over the years, but nothing has lasted and honestly I don’t have the motivation to …

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I can’t get no sleep

Urrrgghhhh, it’s almost 3 am and I’m awake with sleep-maintenance insomnia which wakes me more nights than it doesn’t for as long as I can remember and makes it difficult to get back to sleep. I’ve never stopped to look at this insomnia pattern I have. I go to sleep I wake up 2-3 hours later with a repeating thought …