Monday, 29 June 2009

Journalism Matters


Comedians in Greater Manchester will stand up for journalism in the North West on Sunday 5 July, in an NUJ stand up comedy benefit gig, fighting the recent cuts in weekly papers and other media across the region. It follows a similar successful event held in London back in April.

Sunday, 28 June 2009

Better Late Than Never

First city of film

Bradford is no stranger on the international scene, but that was in its heyday as the centre of the global wool trade. Now it’s gained another 15 minutes in the limelight of the world stage, writes Mark Cantrell, thanks to its new status as the world’s first UNESCO City of Film

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Warm Welcome

First impressions

THERE are some warm words of praise for the anthology Isolation Space in the latest issue of literary journal the Writers’ Muse (#49)

Published by Lulu, the book is Mark Cantrell’s first paperback fiction collection. It presents a challenging and thought-provoking array of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, together with some more literary works, and has earned itself a quick thumbs up from the Muse.

Saturday, 20 June 2009

Everything's Political

Hold the banners high for political poets

‘Living in 21st century Yorkshire’ is the theme of a political poetry competition held as part of the annual Raise Your Banners Political Song & Book Fair.

Poems entered to the competition must be original, unpublished works no longer than 50 lines long. The deadline for entries is 1st September 2009. Poems should not identify the author. Full details must instead be supplied on a separate page, providing full name, address, email, telephone number and the title of the entered poem.

Sunday, 14 June 2009

Writing Wrongs

Another step on the paper trail of rights

Conventions guaranteeing rights are all very well, but at the end of day it is action by real human beings, at every level in society, that turns paper aspiration into the kind of fiery principles that burn in our hearts and minds, writes Mark Cantrell

Saturday, 13 June 2009

Ready Salted

Save our salt

The cold winds of recession are blowing through the pages of poetry after subsidy funding came to an end for Salt Publishing. However, the directors of the small press venture are seeking to hold out against the economic storm with an urgent SOS – 'Save Our Salt'.


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