Books

The Egg That Ate the Chicken: Out Now

Hello all,

My second poetry collection, The Egg That Ate the Chicken, is out now and available to buy here from Lulu. It will be available worldwide via Amazon, Barnes and Noble and in all good book shops in about six to eight weeks.

It’s more wide-ranging and accessible than Culture 99/01, so if you’ve been sitting on the fence, why not give this one a go?

This is what I do. Even if you buy just one of my books, it is worth everything to me. I appreciate the support immensely.

Thank you all,

Colin.

 

Updates

Book Update

Hello,

First of all I’d like to apologise for the online silence. It’s been a busy few months for me, and the lack of output on here has been infuriating for me. The plan was to release my work from the last two decades at a regular pace, at least a book monthly, but it has just not been possible.

However, I can tell you that book number two, The Egg That Ate the Chicken, is at the proof stage. As soon as the proof copy comes through I’ll make any changes that are needed and the book will be available to buy as soon as possible. I will of course let you guys know when that happens. I’m very happy with the poems in this collection and I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them.

Many thanks to those of you who bought copies of Culture 99/01. It’s the biggest honour I can receive to know people are actually reading my work.

Speak to you guys soon,

Col.

 

Books

Culture 99/01: Out Now

Hello all,

My first chapbook is now published and is available to buy right now here at Lulu.com. It will also be available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble in about six to eight weeks time. An e-book version will appear too at some point (once I know what I’m doing).

This is something of a re-release of sorts. I wrote these poems back in 2001, and self-published them in a very short-lived run of about ten off the back of my home printer. I’m very proud of them. They were the first poems that I felt had a true and consistent voice of my own to them and I’m happy to see them in print properly as I’ve always wanted them to be.

It’s a short book, but I’m just getting started and there are larger books to come.

So, if you think this is something you might like, please buy a copy. Any support for what I do is appreciated more than you can know.

Below is a couple of poems from the book so you can get an idea of what it’s like.

Enjoy!

Colin.

Culture 01 – One

has a way with a baseball cap

rides appearance

breaks nobody

even has child

indentations

present blood under radical conditions

kiss cheek earring hair throat necklace arm bicep tattoo

I speak sometimes

many boys not like married

that character

this underworld

there his stars

Family written and Armageddon

Culture 01 – Six

Kylie in a bath

shadow on a floor

woman’s forehead fighting the beast

start covering

Edie Falco in tigerskin

plenty of martial arts thrown in

that way survived a grimmer past

picture 15 year olds walking down the street

dead

arty and ponderous

bring your wellies

the scale’s intense

deforestation

Harry Potter weds

Don’t panic

That’s amazing

murder dead lovers with hotel soap

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Who Am I and Why Are You Reading This Blog?

Good Morning,

My name is Colin and I am currently having a writer’s mid-life crisis of sorts. I have been writing in some form or other since I was about eight years old. To begin with it was mostly fiction, then poetry became and still is my main drive. I have tried scriptwriting, particularly comedy (my currently dormant satirical news website The Sceptical Poet can be found here if you want to see how satire dies), but I always come back to poetry and fiction. Writing is a function of my being by this point; I cannot turn it off. But it’s never been a financial success for me. I have veered over the years between constant submission of work to intermittent, plagued by disillusion, for a few years severe depression, and occasionally outright laziness. Of late, family commitments have limited my time. There have been some hits over the years but not as many as I’d like. It’s not a situation that I feel can continue in its current form.

So I have a plan. This blog is the start. It is a focus, a way of disciplining myself. This is the final push as they say. If I don’t succeed in writing I will be miserable, so I will make myself succeed even if it was never in the way I had always planned.

This is where the second part of the plan comes in. I have always avoided self-publication as I am well aware of the pitfalls of vanity publishing, but I see people I know distributing their work via the platforms the current technological age of wonder allows and achieving great creative satisfaction. In some cases financial satisfaction, but mostly I see them able to produce and distribute their work in their spare time, professionally, while still holding down full-time jobs, children and everything else, whether it’s music, writing, whatever. It’s inspiring.

And so, I’m following suit. I am planning, over the next year, to release all of my poetry to date in book form via Lulu.com, an online publishing and distributing service that allows writers creative freedom and professionally produced books available online on their site and via major outlets such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble. The released books will be publicised here, with sample poems. I’m very proud of them, and I’ve been working on getting them print-ready for a while, creating covers, etc..

The idea is to catch up with myself, so to speak. There will be several books over the year, which will leave me with a couple of poetry projects left which will follow at a later date, and I intend to focus more of my time after that on fiction. Specifically short stories and a novel which has plagued my existence for what feels like forever. The blog will always continue, and I will also post work in progress in gaps between books.

This is it now, this is the final stretch. Even if no-one buys a damn copy, the work will be there. The first book will be published within the next few weeks (hopefully the next few days). All information will be posted here. If you’re interested, please follow this blog by clicking on the link at the bottom of the main page. You can also keep track of this blog through its Facebook page, or by its twitter feed.

Thanks for listening.

I’ll speak to you guys soon,

Col.