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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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Out now! Morpheus Tale #29, the home of controversial horror includes my story ‘Interference’.

A father hears the voice of his dead son calling for help, in the interference between radio channels.

Morpheus Tales #29 Perfect Bound Edition

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Excited that I’ll be reading my story ‘Candyman,’ which was published in the Touch of Saccharine anthology, at this. It promises to be an entertaining evening of science fiction readings.

The end of the world has never sounded so good. Richard’s vocals and music bring to life these lyrics about the perfect apocalypse, inspired by the Lars Von Trier movie. Have a listen here:

 

 

 

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.

 

 

I will be reading my short story ‘Black Planet’ which has previously been published in Wordland here on 28 July. Indpendent Spirit is a fine venue in Bath which has a superb range of alcoholic drinks particularly beer and it promises to be an enjoyable evening of storytelling.

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Check this out! The latest issue of Theaker’s Quarterly Fiction includes my competition-winning story ‘The Departure’. This was great fun to write as the aim was to write a story based on Howard Watts’ artwork. What sort of people were these, what was their world like and what could I extrapolate about their relationships based on the picture? I was sure the end of the world was involved somewhere, and possibly worse, family strife.

The first creative competition I’ve won since the South Wales Argus Transformers colouring competition. I remember I won a, er, Gobot (remember them?) with a windscreen for a face that transformed into a Volkswagen Beetle. The Robo Machine version of Bumblebee I guess.

Read it here, along with lots of exciting fiction and multimedia reviews: available for download in several formats plus print copy can be obtained:

 

http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.co.uk/2016/07/theakers55.html

It is guest edited by the zine’s long-time cover artist, Howard Watts, and includes stories inspired by his art, including competition winner “The Departure” by Mark Lewis, “Our Sad Triangle” by Len Saculla, and “The Stone Gods of Superspace” by Howard Phillips (a TQF crossover special featuring many friends from past issue), plus the more tangentially related “This Alien I” by Antonella Coriander and “The Little Shop That Sold My Heart”, and an entire weird novella from Anthony Thomson, “My Place”. Then a sixty-page review section features the work of Stephen Theaker, Douglas J. Ogurek, Jacob Edwards, Howard Watts and Rafe McGregor. The cover art is by Howard Watts.

Round up from Clockhouse London Writers, I even contributed a couple of poetic body parts to the Acrostic collaboration.

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News: Our collaboration “I Sing The Body Acrostic” has been published in Sein und Werden – Corpus. Thank you for your fabulous contributions. The issue also includes a story by David Turnbull and a poem from Allen Ashley. Link is: http://www.kissthewitch.co.uk/seinundwerden/spring16/index.html

You know you’ve made it when they start interviewing you… read an interview with our very own Gary Budgen here: http://martiningham.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/we-were-heroes-interview-gary-budgen.html?m=1

This interview is part of the launch for We We’re Heroes, a superhero anthology featuring Gary’s story ‘The Exile’.

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Gary also has a story, ‘A Figment off Autocue Boulevard’ in the exciting new anthology of modern surrealism from Salo Press, Galaxy of Starfish. It can be found here:

http://salopress.weebly.com/store/p15/A_Galaxy_of_Starfish%3A_An_Anthology_of_Modern_Surrealism_-_UK_ORDERS_ONLY.html

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Lastly, Stephen Oram is giving a reading as part of Novel London. Info and tickets here:

http://www.novellondon.co.uk

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/novel-london-st-pancras-clock-tower-mystery-readings-tickets-22118169039

Sarah Doyle’s poem “Sea is for Circe” has been Highly Commended in the York Mix poetry competition. It…

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