Six Across The Pond

*I wrote this poem towards the end of fourteen days onboard Cunard’s Queen Mary II on a Trans-Atlantic crossing from Southampton to New York and back again. It was a marvellous two weeks and we met some lovely people. People who inspired the following. Don’t fret about just getting there, On hitting all your goals….

A Rubbish Poem #06

Hark! Hear her squawk, hear her screech As The Beast backs down the street. Glowing orange, flash and blink, She chases winter’s night to ground. Marching beside, solemn in their duty, The Hi-Viz Herald her descent.   Hark! Hear her groan, hear her grind As she feasts, gorging on the Offerings roadside left behind. Satiated,…

When Saturday Comes.

I wrote this poem on March 3rd, 2017. It was only two-and-a-half years ago but, with my recent loss of identity with Bradford City, and my love for the club – fast approaching forty years now – it seems a lifetime ago.   When Saturday comes and the sun burns high From up in a…

A Rubbish Poem #05

Day dawns bright, skies on fire, Night retreating on a funeral pyre. A resurgent sun flames new light, Holds firm against the black of night. The cold, the dark, both slip away Revealing in their wake a chill Tuesday.   Emerging now from the dying gloom, Adorned in tabards bright as a nuclear bloom. Their…

Capital Crime – New Voices Award 2019

It was late last night when I saw the tweet. And it was a nanosecond after that I leapt from my chair and fist-pumped. There may have been a shouted exclamation too. Nominee. . . sounds good, doesn’t it? And, in a double whammy, the title I voted for, “The Last Bird”, made it onto…

Capital Crime – New Voices Award

During the course of last week, I submitted the opening three chapters of my WIP (work in progress), “The Kerning”, to the Capital Crime New Voices Award. Voting for this award closed at midnight last night. I now eagerly await to hear if I have made the shortlist. The winner will be announced at the opening night…

A Criminally Bad Poem. (REVISED)

A criminally bad poem. (REVISED) Two ONE weeks today and I’m heading down To bustling ThatThereLondon town. Its streets will gleam, scrubbed free from grime, In celebration of the first @CapitalCrime A weekend of murder, death and sin, It’s plotted to be A. . . MAZ. . .ZING.   Stellar authors with their fictional veeps, Crime…

A Rubbish Poem #04.

Perched high atop the lumbering beast, he oversees The weekly feast, As down below, in dirty streets, his Hi-Viz crew Prepare the treats That the behemoth Chomps and chews and gnaws.   He watches as yellow vests feed the beast from kerb and step and from Drives left gated. With the weekly wastes choicest morsels….

“A Book of Bones” by John Connolly (Charlie Parker #17)

I was delighted to be asked by Liz Mistry to review the latest Parker thriller on behalf of The Crime Warp. When Liz made the request, I almost bit her hand off in anticipation. Firstly, before I write my review, an admission. I am a fan of the aforementioned Charlie Parker novels and of John…

Titles…

After a brief dalliance with the title “Requital of Innocents” and following on from a very informative and illuminating writing course, my book (should it ever get finished!) will revert back to its original title. Welcome back “The Kerning“. The feedback received from my course tutors has given me the confidence to reinstate the themes…

“This Side of Night” by J. Todd Scott (Chris Cherry #03)

My review of “This Side of Night” by J. Todd Scott. (Brought to you by the letter S.) Seductive. Satisfying. Sassy. Scintillating. Scope. Seamless. Sensational. Sensitive. Sexy. Sharp. Significant. Skilled. Skilful. Super. Snappy. Soaring. Solid. Sound. Sparkling. Spectacular. Spellbinding. Spirited. Splendid. Standout. Statuesque. Smart. Strong. Stunning. Substantive. Successful. Sumptuous. Superior. Symphonic. (From GoodReads) The vicious…

My Top Reads of 2018

It’s 0800 on Monday 31st December. This time tomorrow we will be in a New Year. Or, Tuesday, if you prefer. EIther way, as 2018 draws to a close, I find that I have read 42 books this year. Not a huge number by any means – being part of GoodReads, I am aware of…