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Pleased to say my dramatic monologue about a time-travelling Pirate, called Stranded on the Shores of Time is being performed as part of the Bristales showcase tomorrow.

Bristales is a special event featuring monologues, duologues and poetry written by Bristol writers, with a Bristol theme and performed by actors.

Tickets available here:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bristales-tickets-34193237895?aff=erelexpmlt

Richard Cook has been busy over Easter and completed another stomping International Electromatics track! The music this time is dancefloor-friendly EBM. See the link below for Richard’s musical inspirations and synths used.

As for the lyrics this time I was thinking of military science fiction, particularly Joe Haldeman’s Forever War and Robert Heinlein’s Starship Troopers. What struck me about these stories, beyond the tales of war was how isolated the people were, despite their noble aims and how ultimately despite their heroism they were essentially caught in a dystopian existence.

 

Who doesn’t like a bit of Nonsense? I’ve just taken part in the Nonsense Writing Challenge, the brief was basically to write a Nonsense story in under 200 words.

The details are here, my effort, ‘Troubled Waters’ is number 84!

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

List of movies I watched in 2016:

Fight Club
Wild Tales
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Hitchcock
The Big Short
True Grit (Coen Brothers)
A Girl Walks Home
Deadpool
Kingsman
The Man who Fell to Earth
Dallas Buyers Club
A SIngle Man
Anomalisa
High Rise
Batman vs Superman
Mr Holmes
Amy
Electricity
The Mummy (Hammer Horror)
Magnolia
Captain America Civil War
Casablanca
Eye in the Sky
Macbeth (2015)
Nina Forever
The Book Thief
Cherry Tree
Good Mourning, Lucille
Summer Time in New York
The Magdalene Sisters
The Look of Love
Kill Your Friends
Suicide Squad
Star Trek Beyond
Jason Bourne
Cuban Fury
The Hallows
The Double
Tyrannosaur
Mr Nobody
Zero
Bedevilled
Justice League The New Frontier
Out of the Dark
The Maker
Serpent’s Lair
Mulholland Drive
Triangle
Bandidas
Solus
Trumbo
Batman & Mr Freeze Sub-Zero
Suburban Nightmare
The Terrortory
Trolls
Depression: The Movie
Share
Arrival
Cargo
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
The Hateful Eight
Star Wars – Rogue One
The Lady in the Van
Black Butler
Ink
Interstellar
The Frame
It Follows

Well, one good thing about 2016 is that I read a lot of enjoyable books.

I keep a note of them partly to help me let go of some of the physical books and not hoard them. If I at least have a reminder of the book I read written it makes it easier for me to get rid of the actual book and let it go back into circulation so someone else can read it.

Here’s a big list of the ones I made a note of:

Gleam – Tom Fletcher
Subterranean London – Cracking the Capital – ed. Bradley & Garrett
Tales from the Fragrant Harbour – Garry Kilworth
Fight Club – Chuck Pahlaniuk
A New Earth – Eckhart Tolle
Stillness Speaks – Eckhart Tolle
How the Marquis got his Coat Back – Neil Gaiman
London Falling – Paul Cornell
Holy Terrors – Arthur Machen
Tales of Horror and the Supernatural – Arthur Machen
Be Here Now – Ram Dass
Our Friends from Frolix 8 – Phillip K Dick
A Short History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters – Julian Barnes
The Centauri Device – M John Harrison
Down the Rabbit Hole – Juan Villalobos
1890s Notebook – Arthur Machen
Lowlands – WIll Kemp
Starship Troopers – Robert Heinlein
Drive – Mark West
Best New Horror 23 – Ed. Stephen Jones
Carpet Burns – Tom Hingley
This Side of Paradise – F Scott Fitzgerald
The Beautiful and the Damned – F Scott Fitzgerald
The House of Small Shadows – Adam Nevill
The Ghost Pirates – William Hope Hodgson
The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
The Death House – Sarah Pinborough
Diversifications – James Lovegrove
The Unwrapped Sky – Rjurik Davidson
Chrysalis – Gary Gal Budgen
Change of Use – Candia McWilliams

I’ve already got a couple of bookshelves worth lined up for 2017,

Consider this our welcome to the New Year! Richard’s produced a stomping EBM track with my lyrics which are hopefully suitably contemplative for the changeover between 2016 and 2017.

New track by International Electromatics, the electronic music project I provide lyrics for.

This is our most International moment yet with combined English and German lyrics. I always loved it when bands combined languages (hello Sisters of Mercy – Marian) and wanted to pay tribute to the great German electronic groups, particularly Kraftwerk and And One.

I love what Richard has done this with this one, creating a vibe reminiscent of very early Human League and a perfect atmosphere for the theme of losing yourself (or finding something transcendent) in clubbing.

 

Writers Unchained

Yes, at 6pm next Sunday you can enter a world of mesmerising and mind-bending stories read by their writers. Our call for submissions has been the best yet and in a break with tradition we at WU are standing aside in favour of a full programme of guest writers. Our line-up includes not only star local writer/performers but also newcomers to the Bristol live-lit scene.

What can you expect if you join us?

  • Anne Corlett‘s award-winning story about space-travel
  • Philip Douch with sci-fi at its most hilarious
  • cosmic shenanigans from Jonty Levine, Barney Barret and Julie Hayman
  • an alien with a roving eye from  John Holland
  • an edgy take on time travel from  Alex Bridge

Sally post-nanoIf you feel the need for something more familiar, Mark Lewis offers boiled sweets (but not as you know them) and you can share an apocalyptic cigarette with Kevlin Henney. Or if far out really is your thing…

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Two new tracks out now on Soundcloud from International Electromatics and these represent a departure for us thematically and in terms of the working practice. Thematically we don’t stray too far from dystopia but we’re also looking at how the present is arguably dystopic. These are the first new songs from the latest batch and this time they all originated as lyrics, which Richard has then worked electronic and vocal wizardry on to make them into songs. Before it was a mixture or the music came first.