Friday, 31 December 2010

Good Cause

Stroke support is a flying zip across the river

THE things people do for charity – this is probably not one for vertigo sufferers – but the Stroke Association is organising a 250-metre charity fund-raising zip slide over the river Irwell in February. 

Sunday, 5 December 2010

New Source For Free Downloads

Sensational poetry and thrilling fiction

The following chapbooks and fiction samples are now available to download free from the file-sharing site, Mediafire. So, click on the titles of the works below to download your copy of these free PDF ebooks:

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

New Source For Citizen

Download and get reading

For those who might be a little reluctant to sign up to Scribd to download the substantial free sample of the hard-hitting political SF thriller Citizen Zero, then the A5 PDF ebook can now be downloaded from the file sharing site Mediafire.

Horror Is Not Just For Halloween

Vampires, Zombies and Ghosts, Oh My!  
(And other creatures of the night stories)

Presenting a collection of spine-tingling tales, this anthology from NoTreeBooks features 16 stories from 13 artists of the macabre, including Mark Cantrell's tale of vampire revenge, Baron Blood.

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Auction For Shelter

Home is where the art is

Homelessness charity Shelter is auctioning specially commissioned artworks from some of the world's top artists to help raise awareness – and funds – for its campaigning work.

Game For A Book

Museum publisher seeks writing on games

Everything games is the theme of a new book set to be published by Edinburgh’s MuseumsEtc, edited by Katy Beale, and written from an international perspective.

Gaming is a serious business, and in its call for submissions, the publishers are looking for case studies, essays, opinion pieces and similar kinds of serious work written to between 2,000 and 5,000 words. The book – 'Museums at Play: Games, interaction and learning’ is scheduled for publication in Spring 2011.

Monday, 8 November 2010

So It Goes

"When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist."

Archbishop Hélder Câmara

Category: QUOTE

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Horror For Halloween

New anthology promises shivers and thrills this Halloween

A vampire tale with an unexpected twist, Baron Blood by Mark Cantrell, finds itself keeping excellent company in the latest offering from ebook publisher NoTreeBooks.

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

News From The Frontline

The British Prime Minister is about to ‘meet his maker’
Austerity sets the scene for a disturbing vision of the future

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Trouble & Strife

The War That Hides Its Face
By Mark Cantrell

Fighters, everyone, all of us,
In a civil war, so old,
So all-encompassing, that it is
Seldom noticed, by those caught
In its fray,
But when it is considered, this ugly
Cruel reality,
Even then,
Seldom is it recognised
For what it truly is.

Saturday, 25 September 2010

Now Available On Kindle

 Poetry so good it'll wake the dead

A collection of poetry and prose by Mark Cantrell is now available as an ebook for the Kindle and other ‘Kindle-enabled’ devices courtesy of Amazon.

Saturday, 11 September 2010

As If One Is Not Enough...

Category: PLUGGED

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Somehow Prophetic?

By Mark Cantrell

He who lives by the Word,
Shall die from cruel

Mark Cantrell,
25 July 2010

Copyright © July 2010. All Rights Reserved.

Category: POETRY

Saturday, 4 September 2010

Free For All

Sweet Liberty

By Mark Cantrell

They locked away
Sweet Liberty
For Crimes Against
She was raving mad, you see,
Poor dear,
Believed people were born to be free.
Left at that,
Would be no sin,
But she added a dreadful caveat:
The poor are people too,
She cried.
And so she sealed her fate.
Our Lords replied, not so:
An exclusive club is Freedom,
Only for the Rich,
So, yes, they knew, Liberty was mad,
And clearly oh so
Fearing this infection
Might spread among the poor,
They sought her out,
For our own sake,
To protect us from
Her ravings.
With robocops and choppers,
Eavesdroppers in the sky
And good old CCTV, they soon found poor
Ms Liberty,
Friendless and alone, it seemed.
They locked her away
Too late, maybe,
For allies rallied round.
Now they seek her raving kin,
For singing Liberty's solidarity.

Mark Cantrell
Bradford, 20 August 2001

Copyright © August 2001. All Rights Reserved.

Category: POETRY

Saturday, 7 August 2010

Out Now On Lulu

In a world born of austerity...

A man with a grudge,

A dangerous conspiracy,

A divided society, teetering on the edge of chaos,

All it needs is a shove...

Citizen Zero

The explosive political thriller by Mark Cantrell

Out now on Lulu

The future is what we make it today...

A dystopian glimpse at a future born in an age of austerity and political uncertainty, with witty, acerbic prose, Citizen Zero is a gripping social satire that exposes our deepest fears, to pose a grave warning to any society that abandons the pursuit of social justice...

Citizen Zero blends the stark social commentary of The Boys From The Blackstuff, the millennial techno-chic of The Matrix, and the uncompromising force of V for Vendetta into one devastating portrayal of tomorrow's Britain.

Available as a substantial free sample from Scribd.

Buy the complete ebook from Lulu.

Price £3.99 | PDF A5 | 390 pages

For more information, visit Citizen Zero on MySpace

Category: PLUGGED

Young, Pregnant And Dumped

 A welcome addition to Summer reading

When her boyfriend dumped her after she got pregnant with his child, Laura Pauley didn't mope about -- she wrote a book about it. Journalist Claire Stapleton reviews My Summer Bump, a baby book with a difference

Sunday, 18 July 2010

The Time Has Come

In this Age of Austerity, do we walk in the shadow of Citizen Zero?

TIME waits for no man – even less for a novel – and with events as they are, it has become all the more frustrating to experience the arduous process of finding a publisher in an era that seems perfect bound for my novel Citizen Zero.

Saturday, 3 July 2010

Looking Forward

Future Proof
By Mark Cantrell

The future
Is a consensual hallucination,
Forever refreshed
Here in that ever-present
Floating bubble
That is the constricted neck
Of Time.
We seek tomorrow,
We invent the anticipation
Of what is to come,
Based on the amnesia
Of yesterday.
In truth,
The future is forever
Out of reach,
For it truly exists
Only now.

Mark Cantrell,
24 November 2007

Copyright © November 2007. All Rights Reserved.

Category: POETRY

Friday, 2 July 2010

Submissions Wanted

Written in stone

Ireland’s ‘Stony Thursday Book’ is calling for submissions to the ninth edition which will be published in October this year. Poets from beyond the country’s shores are welcome to send in up to six poems for consideration.

Sunday, 27 June 2010

Love Thy Neighbour

Do unto others as you would have done unto you

The ongoing saga of conflict and oppression is a tragedy for the Palestinian people, but it is also a tragedy for Israel; one that keeps it incarcerated in the dark shadows of the past, writes Mark Cantrell

WARNING: The article features images that are emotive and potentially upsetting.

Saturday, 19 June 2010

Latest Publications

Double your money

TWO poems by Mark Cantrell are published in the latest issue of Awen, edited by D.J Tyrer from Atlantean Publishing.

Sunday, 6 June 2010

Olympics Exploited

Slavery is not an Olympian ideal

It’s a small price to pay for Olympic glory – 14 pence an hour – but cutting costs and boosting profits is what business is all about. Some people, however, might well consider it slavery; certainly, it isn’t in keeping with the expectations of the Olympian spirit of fair play and sportsmanship.

Playfair 2012 campaign

Monday, 31 May 2010

This Is The Day

Help Needed
By Mark Cantrell

They’re my favourite days,
The best of days,
For the brand new week they bring,
Waking up on the morn’, brings
That bright and breezy joy:
Thank God it’s Monday, I cry
For it all begins again.
When Friday comes,
I’m so forlorn,
Why oh why, can it not be Monday?
When every day’s a Monday,
Every day is bliss,
That’s why everyday is Monday,
In my special Monday world.
I demand the Monotony of Monday,
So every day can be the same.
Monday’s mine, I demand,
Monday, all the more.
I’m forever mad for Mondays...

You can see I’m plain

Mark Cantrell,
(Monday) 15 March 2010

Copyright (C) March 2010. All Rights Reserved.

Category: POETRY

Friday, 7 May 2010

Going, Going, Gordon

In The End
By Mark Cantrell

Flesh rots
Bone crumbles
Soul shrivels
Time itself turns to dust
This is the fate of all things
Even this Cosmos vast
But one thing is truly Eternal
Our foolish faith in Hope.

(Or should that be stupidity?)

But Gordon, dear, dear Gordon,
He clings on to the very bitterest end...

Mark Cantrell,

7 May 2010

Copyright © March 2010. All Rights Reserved.

Category: POETRY

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Radical Voices

Chartist poetry will rabble rouse again

RADICAL poetry from the era of the Chartists will speak out once more for the democratic rights of ordinary people at a memorial lecture held to celebrate May Day – the International Day of Workers.

Saturday, 17 April 2010

Are We Nearly There Yet?

Hanging On
By Mark Cantrell

Hanging around,
Waiting to die,
Everything else
Is just killing

Mark Cantrell,
11 February 2010

Copyright © February 2010. All Rights Reserved.

Category: POETRY

Consider This

By Mark Cantrell

Like resolutions,
Are made
To be broken.

Mark Cantrell,
24 February 2010

Copyright © February 2010. All Rights Reserved.

Category: POETRY

Saturday, 3 April 2010

Bumpy Summer Book

Young, pregnant – and dumped

WHEN Laura Pauley found herself pregnant, she also found herself homeless and out of a job in rapid order after her boyfriend – and the father of her child – told her he didn’t want to know.

Sunday, 21 March 2010

Medieval Modern

Browsing the shelves of literature past

THE words people commit to paper – or parchment – in the past tell us volumes about the world they lived in.

This isn’t just the personal letters, diaries, proclamations of state and other historical documents, but the works of literature too.

Saturday, 13 March 2010

Temporary Measures

Shame of the City of Film

BY all accounts an empty shop unit in Bradford is set to find temporary use as a city centre cinema; ironic, given that across the road stands an iconic piece of the city’s architecture that was built for that very purpose.

Sunday, 7 March 2010

It's Life, Sim, But Not As We Know It

After First Contact, please wash your hands

BE careful where you step, should you ever find yourself setting foot on some distant world in the heroic quest to meet and greet the new galactic neighbours. That pile of goo you tread in might turn out to be one of the natives – and you wouldn’t want to be the first emissary of the human race to end up scraping the host off the heels of your space-boots.

Saturday, 6 March 2010

Slamming Burlesque

Learn how to slam

THE ‘self-styled Amy Winehouse’ of poetry will lead a workshop on the art of competitive slamming on the weekend of World Poetry Day later this month.

Friday, 26 February 2010

New Deal For Old Books

Kindling a new interest in 19th Century literature

THE British Library has signed a deal with Amazon to resurrect tens of thousands of out of print books and make them available to a modern audience.

Under the deal, some 65,000 works of 19th Century literature, covering fiction, poetry and philosophy, will become available either for free download as e-books, or in paperback as print-on-demand titles.

Sunday, 21 February 2010

Words of Praise

Writers’ Muse #50 August 2009

A Melange of Short Fiction
By Mark Cantrell

Published By Lulu (
ISBN: 978-1-4092-7030-0

Questions That Need Answers

Poetry on trial

The case for the defence will be cross-examined by a panel of poets, who will debate the removal of Carol Ann Duffy’s poem ‘Education for Leisure’ from the school curriculum.

Hosted by the Leeds Salon, the debate ‘In Defence of Poetry’ is a joint event by The Poetry Business and The Cadaverine Magazine. It will take place on Wednesday, 10 March 2010 from 6.15pm (for an 8.30pm start) to 8.30pm.

Sunday, 31 January 2010

Chapbooks To Download

Chance to take a look at some rare pamphlets

Chapbooks are common among poetic circles, where they are often traded around like business cards. The form of self-publishing has a long history and is a tried and tested means for showcasing and sharing work, but by their nature are somewhat limited in reach.

Sunday, 24 January 2010

Trouble Comes To Town

“Some kind of fascist group”

Stoke-on-Trent found itself the focus of conflicting world-views on Saturday in the form of two political actions. The first group gathered to demonstrate a rowdy prejudice, the second to oppose racism and make a call for unity

Saturday, 2 January 2010

You've Got To Have

Faith No More
By Mark Cantrell

Faith, contains
The faithful,
Like the iron bars of a cage,
Forged in the alloy
Of dogma and fear
To contain the Soul
And bind it tight from
Dawning insight.
Faith, in time,
Stifles the Soul, ‘til its light
Fails, and all is dark
In the iron bounds of
Until snuffed at last
By a death
Premature of the flesh.

Mark Cantrell,
28 December 2009

Copyright © December 2009. All Rights Reserved.

Category: POETRY


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