Wednesday, 21 March 2012

POETRY: Rhyme Of The Shipwrecked Mariner


Poet’s winning verse celebrates those who gather fish for chips

A Sheffield woman with a terrible fear of drowning has won a poetry competition dedicated to the nation’s mariners, with the prize of having her poem read out by the 'Bard of Barnsley' Ian McMillan.

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

POLITICS: Budget Day Protest Planned


Austerity protest will take the dole to Downing Street

PROTESTORS are to stage a live-action recreation of an infamous 1979 Conservative election poster when they gather outside Downing Street tomorrow to form a ‘dole queue’ – to declare that ‘austerity isn’t working’.

Sunday, 4 March 2012

OFFER: Read An eBook Week (4-10 March)


Done deal for a festival of digital literature

THE deal is done and the books are on the table. All you have to do is head on over to Smashwords to partake of the half-price book deal now running to celebrate Read An eBook Week (4-10 March 2012).

For the rest of this week, my novel CITIZEN ZERO, fiction anthology ISOLATION SPACE, and my poetry collection DEUS EX INSOMNIA, can be bought for half the usual retail price using the coupon code REW50.

Leveson Inquiry: The Bullying That Underlies Sleaze


Culture of fear created cruel creed of corruption

The Leveson Inquiry has laid bare the rotten heart of British journalism, but it is very much the corrupt bosses that have set the beat. As testimony presented by the NUJ made clear, a lack of union rights and freedom of conscience for individual journalists has enabled unscrupulous bosses to cultivate a culture of fear. This in turn has surely helped the likes of News International to nurture the scandalous sleaze the inquiry has uncovered

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