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Pleased to announce this anthology featuring two of my poems, and flash fiction and poetry by many of the finest writers I know! Not only is it full of interesting and thoughtful writing, but it’s in aid of a good cause.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Voices-along-Road-charity-anthology/dp/1979555680

 

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Great to be part of the launch for the *first ever* Weston-Super-Mare Literary Festival!

This features a workshop I’m running on the 28th February, and the launch of the Voices from the Road anthology I have poems in, on the 23rd February, both sold out at time of writing!

Here’s a photo of the gathered authors from the launch. I hope this is the first of many Literary Festivals for the town.

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Amazon Author pages now under construction to coincide with the launch of two very special anthologies I’m being published in…

https://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B079VDJ6VX

amazon.com/author/mmlewis

So, I normally blog about films I’ve watched in the last year. Like with my reading list I’ve limited it to ones I’ve finished and mostly haven’t mentioned all the kids films I watched with my daughter. Maybe I should, next year.

Passengers

Ender’s Game

Rise of the Robots

Pride

Unconditional

The Boy

Walesa: Man of Hope

Trainspotting

Trainspotting 2

La La Land

Ted

Crossing Over

The Eichmann Show

Lulu

In Memorium

Toni Erdmann

David Brent: Life on the Road

20,000 Days on Earth

Supersonic

Logan

Cycle

She’s Lost Control

Ghost in the Shell (2017)

Phantom Boy

The Boss Baby

Moana

Kill List

Saving Mr Banks

A Scanner Darkly

Jupiter Ascending

Ghost in the Shell (1995)

Three Colours Blue

Three Colours White

Three Colours Red

Waking Ned

True Legend

The Man with the Golden Arm

Experimenter

Train to Buzan

Mad Max Fury Road

Legend (Krays, not Tim Curry as the Devil)

The Girl on the Train

Adult Life Skills

I, Daniel Blake

Super Starlet AD

Room

England is Mine

Tom of Finland

Ghost Town

The Emoji Movie

Despicable Me 3

War of the Planet of the Apes

Alien: Covenant

Blade Runner 2049

Factotum

Barfly

The Lobster

Thor: Ragnarok

Last Girl Standing

The Box

The Babadook

Thelma

Killing of a Sacred Deer

The Babysitter

The Circle

The Disaster Artist

Jim and Andy

Elle

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Requiem for a Dream

Neon Demon

Your Name

Red Turtle

 

I’ve not really been blogging very well for the last few months, although lots of good stuff has been happening writing-wise. A New Year’s resolution along with the obligatory one about the gym, perhaps?

Anyway, I usually do an annual round-up of books I’ve read. It’s not exhaustive and wouldn’t include books I’ve read to my daughter. Maybe I should, for 2018 as some of them are excellent.

It’s quite a personal list and does not include several books that I’ve started and discarded for various reasons. With ambitions like reading all of Philip K Dick’s published work I have to be very picky. So, if it is here I at least liked it enough to finish it.

Deus Irae: Phillip K Dick & Roger Zelazny

Edge of the Screen: Joel Lane

Is there life outside the Tardis?: Peter Davison

The New Czech Poetry: Eds. Jaroslav Cejka, Michael Cernik, Karen Sys

Time Bomb: Samuel K Andrews

Pulp Heroes: Ed. Mike Chinn

Face of Twilight: Mark Samuels

The World Jones Made: Phillip K Dick

Broken Bubble: Phillip K Dick

A Life of Phillip K Dick: Anthony Peake

The Unsettled Dust: Robert Aickmann

Dream Archipelago: Christopher Priest

The Martian: Andy Weir

Childhood’s End: Arthur C Clarke

The First 15 Lives of Harry August: Claire North

Dead Man’s Shoes: Mike Carey

The Organised Mind: Daniel Levitin

The Martian Chronicles: Ray Bradbury

The Outsider: Colin Wilson

The Descent of Man: Grayson Perry

The Establishment and How they Get Away With It: Owen Jones

Coraline: Neil Gaiman

This Is Not a Game: Walter Jon Williams

A Princess Diarist: Carrie Fisher

Stoner: John Williams

Mortality: Christopher Hitchens

The Days Run Away Like Wild Horses over the Hills: Charles Bukowski

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m involved in editing this anthology and have been going through what we’ve got so far. We’ve had some fantastic submissions so far, but room for more! Deadline 31 August 2017.

Open call for submissions of flash fiction and poetry for a charity anthology

 

We’re seeking submissions of poetry and flash fiction for a charity anthology  which will raise money for the Alf Dubs Children’s Fund.

 

Lord Alfred Dubs was rescued by the Kindertransport in 1939 and brought to Britain as a refugee when he was 6 years old. The fund’s aim is to help lone children refugees, protect them from traffickers, and get them to safety.

 

You can read more about it here.

 

Please note that as this is to raise funds for charity, no payment will be made to authors. The project is being run by volunteers with all profit going straight to the fund.

 

The anthology will be released in conjunction with a second anthology of science fiction short stories (for which submissions are full) later this year.

 

Submissions Guidelines

  • 100 line limit for poetry
  • 1000 word limit for flash fiction
  • Authors and poets may submit up to three pieces
  • The theme is child or refugee, but this can be a ‘flavour to the piece’ rather than a strict theme
  • Due to the nature of the charity, only PG submissions will be accepted
  • doc., docx., rtf., or txt. files please.
  • We’re not going to get strict on font or formatting, but nothing too weird please.

 

Please note that all pieces may be subject to editing (with your co-operation and permission of course), but please ensure that all submissions are as polished as possible.

 

We will ask for first publication rights. Full copyright and all other rights etc will be retained by the respective authors.

 

Any questions, please ask. Or get writing and send your submissions to charityanthology@gmail.com by 31st August.

 

Editors:

 

Sandra Fairbrother (writes as SW Fairbrother)

www.swfairbrother.com

 

Mark Lewis

https://syntheticscribe.wordpress.com/

 

Jesse Marbulcanti

Out now! My story ‘Staring at the Sun’ is featured in the latest issue of Scrutiny Journal, the online literary journal of Magic Realism.

Have a read here:

Staring at the Sun

I’ve had a go at the latest writing challenge by Christopher Fielden and Allen Ashley, the aim is to write (over) descriptively. As ever, this type of contrarian writing is a lot of fund to do.

Mine is number 77!

Why not have a go? When a 100 is reached they will be published in an anthology, with the proceeds going to a good charitable cause.

http://www.christopherfielden.com/writing-challenges/sensory-writing-challenge.php

Nonsensically Challenged, available as ebook and paperback. Christopher Fielden‘s latest collection of contrarian writing challenges collects 100 stories with a nonsense theme. Includes a little piece of flash fiction by me, as well as David Turnbull, and Allen Ashley. All in a good cause too, the Daisy Garland charity.  

https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=nonsensically+challenged

 

Product Details

 

 

Shipwrecked on the Shores of Time, is a dramatic monologue written by Mark Lewis about a Pirate having time-travelled to modern day Bristol. This was performed as part of the first ever Bristales and filmed at the White Bear in Bristol! Be warned Not Safe For Work due to bad language!

Performed by Tim Whitten, Direction by Kris Hallett and Production by Samantha Coghlan and Assistant Production by Aisling Coghlan