Archive for April, 2013

The Black Path Issue 1

Posted: April 28, 2013 in Home


a5_template with sample content

Talking about The Black Path


LULU – Cost for a  52 page a5 book is £8.47 each for a perfect bound book with a colour cover and colour inside and  with a free ISBN

(There are quantity discounts apparently)

We can choose a free reach option which will list it for sale on Amazon

This would give us a full colour cover, using Steve’s illustration

Inside there would be

a title page and copyright page

Contents page, blank page

Our material would start on a right hand page, and there would be 3 pages each plus a page each for an illustration, 4 pages in all, x 12, 48 pages

Then a  page (or two) at the back for our  biographical details


I think the easiest thing is to use the LULU A5 template, with a Sylfaen font, size 11, which I have inserted above – this saves having to worry about converting A4 to A5, as you will be able to see exactly how your contribution will look in the final booklet. Then I can change it into an A5 PDF to upload to LULU really easily.

I have tried the template for text, poetry and a picture and think it looks good (this is also above as A5  template with sample content), and then if you put your work directly into this template with this size font it is also certain to fit in the anthology.


Anything you are happy to have published that will fit in the 3 pages – poetry, flash fiction, short story, whatever. It can be new stuff, stuff from your portfolios, pieces from the seminars whatever.

Also all illustrations are welcome, but each has to fit on an A5 page and must not have any copyright issues

Plus I will need a short biography to put in at the end.


Darker Times Anthology Volume 3

Posted: April 28, 2013 in Home

is now out on Amazon and includes my story Jury Service

Text and Images –

Posted: April 27, 2013 in Home

Found poetry from my own old poems








and from Villette and the Book of Psalms









Thatcher Years

Posted: April 16, 2013 in Home
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Thatcher Years

It seems an age ago. It is. When I raged
that I was disenfranchised. Worried that
my tiny sons may grow up to new wars
if the MADness of the bombs didn’t
get us first.

But as always the newspaper days are folded up
and thrown away. We do not live in history, though
it is written around us as we move through
a present that isn’t ours to record.
That comes later.

So how can it matter now that she has died?
Old, confused, indifferent to her cocoon in
the kind of luxury that death bed moments
cannot register. The victory, if it was,
was when her own people

stabbed her in the back and she was literally
driven away in that car, red-eyed with disbelief.

behind the glass, my MA pamphlet

Posted: April 14, 2013 in Home


My new pamphlet, behind the glass, was  produced as part of my MA in Creative Writing at the University of Lincoln, and has now been published on Lulu.  (And will be also be on Amazon shortly)

~You can  see it on-line for free at Scribd

~ and the paperback version is on Lulu here


A whole term was spent designing a pamphlet and getting it published as part of the course requirements.

As well as lots of poetry, there is art work that has grown out of things I have done over time, like my found poems, gothic arches, collage, print, digital imagery etc.