A Review of The Cheering Rain by Kate Adams

A foreign country During the launch of her poetry collection at the Whitstable Labour Club Kate Adams read the title poem, The Cheering Rain. Before she did she introduced the poem, saying that she was waiting for a publisher to confirm if it had been accepted for an upcoming anthology. She said that the publisher had askedContinue reading “A Review of The Cheering Rain by Kate Adams”

Do the Israelis Really Want Peace?

“When Israelis in the occupied territories now claim that they have to defend themselves, they are defending themselves in the sense that any military occupier has to defend itself against the population they are crushing… You can’t defend yourself when you’re militarily occupying someone else’s land. That’s not defense. Call it what you like, it’sContinue reading “Do the Israelis Really Want Peace?”

The Trials of Arthur Revised Edition is a Brand New Book

Mog Ur Kreb Dragonrider When I first started work on The Trials of Arthur, people thought that I was crazy. If I told people about Arthur they would say, “so where are you meeting him then, in a mental institution?” It became a hard thing to justify. I’d been moderately successful in my writing career up tillContinue reading “The Trials of Arthur Revised Edition is a Brand New Book”

Levels of Consciousness

In the zone I’ve just woken up. I’m a perennial insomniac so sleeping is an issue for me. Sometimes it’s hard to know whether I’ve been sleeping or not. I’ll be lying awake, tossing and turning, and I’ll think, “I’ve been here for an hour at least, and I still haven’t got to sleep.” But then IContinue reading “Levels of Consciousness”

If You See Sid

So how’s that privatisation thing working out for you now? You know: the one where they sold companies we already owned back to us on the basis that it would create a “stakeholder economy” and that competition was going to keep prices low. “Competition”. That’s not really the word. It has actually had the oppositeContinue reading “If You See Sid”

Age and protest

I’m 59 years old this year. That’s six years to my retirement. Age creeps up on you. One day you’re trundling along in that indeterminate phase between youth and contented middle age, and the next you are contemplating your pension. That is, if I’m allowed a pension. They will probably have abolished pensions by then,Continue reading “Age and protest”

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