read it in books – echo and the bunnymen

Here’s my self-indulgent list of all the books I read last year. I’m not looking forward to this list falling into the hands of headcare professionals, I can tell you! 05 i 15 – the ghost – robert harris 09 i 15 – the secret history of rock – roni sarig 09 i 15 – […]

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after the watershed – carter usm

I’ve just been told, with one week to go, that my slot has been moved back to 19:30 – 19:45. I only agreed to do this show if I could go on after the watershed and, as usual, it’s the writers who have to sit at the back of the bus. So again, I’m asking […]

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cry – the birthday party

The other day, I finally found the piece I wanted to read at the full moon reunion gig last month. I located the first draft, so I’m both rehearsing it and tidying it up. On the downside, I can’t for the life of me remember the title! I originally wrote it in February of 2001 […]

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one chord wonders – the adverts

The Edinburgh gig was last night. It’s far easier to be objective about the other acts I saw than it is to be about my own. The evening was a ‘full moon reunion night’. Loads of us who’d performed at the full moon club back in the day and newer, younger acts who fitted in […]

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a soldier’s things – tom waits

Of late, I’ve been looking through my old writing, some of it years old. I got the idea after I wrote something earlier this year, based on a treatment I’d written in late 1987. My life was pretty chaotic back-in-the-day, so it’s unsurprising these were never brought to term. There’s short fiction that I always […]

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so what – anti nowhere league

I have a performance lined up this coming Saturday and I’m trying to fit rehearsals into my already crowded schedule. What to do? What to do? I suppose common sense would dictate that I’m still at the trying-to-get-you-to-like-me stage in my career! I’m also hampered somewhat by having the attention-span of a moth on crack, […]

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the bulls – marc almond

I’ve worked with adults with learning disabilities for around twenty years. I’m good at my job and, far more importantly, I enjoy it. People have asked if I’ve ever used something of a service user in anything I’ve written – and the answer’s, perhaps surprisingly, yes. A number of years ago, on the job, someone […]

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