Music for Writers

Do you write with music? Frank Duffy asked me to be a part of a project over at the Horrifically Horrifying Horror blog looking at how (or if) writers use music for writing. I get to appear with a bunch of heavy hitters including Lisa Tuttle, Dennis Etchison, Christopher Fowler, Steve Rasnic Tem, Howard Linskey…

Good-bye, Kevin Ayers

I was distressed to hear on Twitter yesterday that Kevin Ayers had died. Marc Riley broke the news on Radio 6. As with any ‘celebrity’ death, it was interesting (in that detached way writers have) to see how and where the news spread across social media. When news of Richard Briers‘ death came, it was…

Henry Rollins at the Egg

At 51, Henry Rollins remains awe inspiring. It’s not just the tautly muscled physique or the fearless spirit of adventure. It’s the hard-nosed insistence on a no-holds-barred optimism. Yeah, the angry voice of punk — decades on — speaks just as loudly, passionately and uncompromisingly as ever. He just does it to a bunch of…

Re-Imagining the Olympics

The 2012 Olympics are over. If you weren’t in the UK you might not have been aware of just how transformative these two weeks were. That I’m even talking about it is evidence enough. Like many of my geek and writer friends I’ve often found myself in the position of fighting against the popular attention…

Madness (i.e. business as usual)

I’m off to Harrogate in the morning; not sure if I will have time to post while I’m there. But as I have a long train ride ahead of me, I do have time to read! Hurrah, the only difficulty will be choosing amongst the many things loaded onto the shiny toy. And not missing…

Dundee Law

It’s not legal 😉 but the plug of a volcano which provides a wonderful landmark from which to enjoy the city. Settling in and having fun: saw the Cundeez on Friday night! Lots of writing to do, too: the days are just packed. See more pictures here.

Friday’s Forgotten Books: Lyrics and A Hard Road to Nowhere

 A bit of a cheat: a music two-fer. One is old, but the other’s new; nonetheless, given the difficulty of finding your audience in the ocean of new publications out there, it deserves a boost to the signal. The Fall: Lyrics by Mark E. Smith The lynchpin of my current writing career: what, you think…

Tuesday’s Overlooked A/V: The CundeeZ

Wi language az rough az a rhino’s erseOary Dundonian in poetic verseItz oor tongue, oor dialect, itz how wi converse I heartily recommend The CundeeZ: punk rock with Dundee accent and a DIY can-do spirit. And not just because lead singer/songwriter Gary Robertson was the punk rock cupid that brought me and my sweetie together…

Tuesday’s Overlooked A/V: Thirst & Linear Obsessional Recordings

A bit of news first: my story that asks the question “what if Christopher Marlowe wrote like an Elizabethan Hunter S. Thompson?”AKA “Fear and Loathing in Deptford,” is featured at the World SF Blog. World SF is dedicated to posting links, news and original content related to science fiction, fantasy, horror and comics from around…

Tuesday’s Overlooked Films: Ken Russell’s Elgar

The BBC has been pulling out a bunch of Russell films from the vault in a grudging sort of admiration for the filmmaker’s passing, including a doco on his life, A Bit of a Devil. So my DVR seems to be filling up with an assortment of things (which means I’ll finally see The Boyfriend)….