Poetry: Homeless And Hungry by Ian Copstick

Nearly half the shops are boarded up The homeless, wrapped in dirty blankets Lay down in shop doorways ” Any spare change, please mate ? ” Is the biggest hit of the season At least it’s the most popular refrain You must hear it 20 times a day But it’s only in the last 10…

FICTION: MAKING UP FOR LOST TIME BY BEAU JOHNSON

For his eighty-six years, Mantooth appears stronger than he is.  Veins on his forearms like cables.  A chest that could still be classed as barrel.  None of it mattered.  Not once we begin.  Four teeth falling from his mouth and we’re halfway to the place I want us to be. “You’re going to tell me…

HARDCORE NOIR by Eric Beetner

  When Paul debuted Punk Noir my immediate thought was of the night those two passions of mine collided. See, I was a hardcore kid. Punk rock was actually kind of weak in my mind at 15, even though my gateway drugs had been the Ramones and Sex Pistols like everyone else. But after I’d…

Fiction: One More Season by Paul Matts

‘Please allow me to introduce myself.’ No, I’m not Beelzebub, as Mick Jagger sang in ‘Sympathy for the Devil’. Far from it. I’d hope. Although maybe some connected to the various organizations I’ve worked with may beg to differ. Disgruntled players, disappointed supporters, frustrated officials. I’ll explain. You can call me an ‘Unknown coach’. I…

Poetry: A Lesson Well Learned by Ian Copestick

  A Lesson Well Learned How can it be ? How come it’s not me ? The universe just isn’t fair I learned that at sixteen All the nights I lay awake Fantasising how I’d tell her Just how much I loved her And she’d fall into my arms And it would be happily Ever…

Fiction: All That and More by Bill Baber

What if I told you things about me no one else knew? Things no one would probably expect from me? I wonder what you would think; wonder if you would be surprised or-more likely –shocked. You see, I’m not who I appear to be. I am not the man you think you know. I am…

Tom Ripley’s Film Career by K A Laity

The film version of The Talented Mr Ripley from 1999 did a lot to bring some attention back to the works of Patricia Highsmith. By the time of her death in 1995, she had done a lot to drive people away from herself (read Joan Schenkar’s biography to get a vivid picture of the author’s…

Poetry: U.F.O.’s Come Get Me by Ian Copestick

Oh, U.F.O.’s come get me Take me away from this planet I’ve tried everything it’s got to offer And none of it’s enough Not enough joy Not enough sorrow Not enough insanity I’ve drank all I can Taken all of the drugs But it’s not enough for me I’ve had the sex I’ve been in…

A Moment Worth Waiting For by Kevin Pearce.

Kevin Pearce’s brilliant music memoir A Moment Worth Waiting For opens with the release of Vic Godard’s What’s The Matter Boy? LP in 1980. Pearce tells the story of how Everything But The Girl’s Ben Watt and Tracey Thorne first bonded over the record, with Ben later lending her his John Martyn records and Tracey…