Marginalised – A Free eBook

In November 2021 I was, again, the Poet in Residence for IPDA. If you don’t know what that means that’s fine. All you need to know for now is I have to write a poem in about 4 hours on the things being discussed. And I have to do this each day for 3 days.

You probably think, “Oh, that sounds tough” and you’d be right. Mentally it wipes you out but you also feel like you’re seven years old on a bouncy castle.

This year the theme for the conference was Marginalised Voices in Contemporary Times. A theme which I’ve already written pages and pages of stuff on.

So I did my three poems and they were very well received and I got thinking… I’ve got all these other poems about Marginalised Voices I wonder… oh, I’ve got an idea… yeah let’s do that…

And that is how this free eBook came about. Yes, free. I’m giving it away. There are some details in the manuscript if you want to throw a few shekels in the virtual pot for me but don’t feel you have to. If you want to download the book; and why wouldn’t you? It’s free; then visit Smashwords or follow the link below.

Good Game

I’ve put a reading of a new short story called “Good Game” onto my Bandcamp page. There is some strong effing and jeffing so best to not listen while little uns are about. Other than that… enjoy.

#ThisIsWhereWeAreNow

I don’t like the Internet all that much anymore.

See what I mean?

Now look, I know I’m writing this on the Internet and that video is on the Internet. I know. I’m not saying the Internet is Satan or anything. But it’s definitely an incredibly funny but unstable child with a fixation on stabbing and easy access to a chef’s drawer. You’ll risk getting close for a joke or two but best to keep it at arms length.

A few things have happened recently and the main culprit has been Twitter. I could go on and on about what I’ve seen but trust me. It’s been a slow drip feed of bile and nonsense.

But I tried something today. A kind of last throw of the dice if you like. Someone mentioned Brexit and Y2K in the same tweet. I found this weird because this weekend I started reading a book called “Flat Earth News” by Guardian journalist, Nick Davies. Now, remember that title, it will come into play soon.

In the book Davies talks about Y2K, the media response and the IT response. I was working in IT when Y2K happened. I was also studying journalism at the time. It gave me an unusual insight into both worlds. I spent a lot of 1997 – 2000 laughing.

So today, I expressed an opinion and then cited my most recent source, the book “Flat Earth News” by Nick Davies.

Here is my favourite reply I received today.

This person, who was on the Internet, failed to do even a cursory Google search for the very book I was citing.

My only comment to that can be: #ThisIsWhereWeAreNow A vast amount of human knowledge in the palm of your hand and you can’t even type a book name into a default search engine. Wow.

Don’t get me wrong not every conversation I had was so bad. Some were quite nice but there are kids shitting in this sandpit.

This is where we are now. In a shitty sandpit. So I’m going to the other end. Where there isn’t any shit.

I’m not quitting Twitter. It still occasionally makes me laugh and teaches me things. So I’ll tweet and retweet things I find funny or interesting and I’ll let you know of events and media I think are good. The rest of it… I’ll leave over there. It might be where we are, but I don’t want to be there anymore.

Peace

Trying to Give Money To The Betting Industry

I’ve been a bit busy recently with a stupid thing. I want to put a bet on my beloved and newly promoted Wolves to win the Premier League AND the Champions League within 5 years. I know some people think this is a crazy bet but hey, it’s my money.

Sadly, no bookies will accept the bet. I’ve started vlogging about my problems. Here are the first two. 

I suspect more will follow.