If He Will by Ian Lewis Copestick

If He Will My father is in hospital, recovering from a major operation. They have cut out what was left of his cancer, and it seemed that everything was going well. This morning the doctor discovered that he had got an infection, I’m worried, in fact I’m fucking terrified. I’ve just done something that I…

Working The Night Shift by Ian Lewis Copestick

Working The Night Shift You drink yourself to sleep by 7’O’Clock The traffic wakes you by eight At nine you’re woken by the postman’s knock By ten you’re convulsed with hate By then the shops are open mad with drink and tiredness you sway to get another bottle hoping you’ll get some sleep sometime today…

Small Town Blues by Ian Lewis Copestick

Small Town Blues The wet pavements, and streets underneath the grey skies. Petrol rainbows in the gutters. The breeze blows loud through the trees, as I walk to the dull, dumb town centre. The washed up rubbish of urban life, gathers around the shops, drinking super strength lager, and waiting for drugs, trying to remember…

Recommended Read: Gender Justice by Nicky Charlish

Twenty-year-old Toni is fresh out of the slammer and working in a gay bar in London’s Old Compton Street when she is embroiled in a gang war war that threatens to shatter her dreams of a better life. From the very first page, Charlish grabs you by the scruff of the neck and drags you…

All The Joys (Of A Summer Night) by Ian Lewis Copestick

  All The Joys         (Of A Summer Night) Pure, pale blue sky, little, fluffy clouds, grass  as green as anything seen on a movie screen. Birds singing in the background, but I don’t know the type Singing for seed, or singing to breed, or just for the beauty of the night. Bright flowers to…

Punk Before Punk: The Party’s Over (1962/5/6) by K. A. Laity

Just as the word punk existed before the music did, the concept of the rebel outsiders breaking all the rules has existed as long as rules have (probably: I’d bet my PhD on it anyway). One of those iterations surely included the beatniks, at least in the popular imagination. The Party’s Over’s release was delayed for…

V.E. Day by Ian Lewis Copestick

 V.E. Day It’s V.E. day, well the 75th anniversary of, and its a beautiful Summer’s day, and the streets are full of people, barbecues, drinking, and loud, awful music. It’s a good excuse for a party, I for one will always celebrate kicking the shit out of fascists, and it’s a great excuse to ignore…

Longcroft on Lockdown by Darren Sant

Longcroft on Lockdown   The Longcroft Housing Estate, Yorkshire,  England. These were scary times. A global pandemic has changed the world as we know it albeit temporarily. As the world held its collective breath unprecedented events were unfolding on the Longcroft estate. Briefing. North Longcroft Estate – Police Control Room An assortment of coppers of…

Close To Home by Ian Lewis Copestick

Close To Home Now, it’s hit close to home, a friend of mine has died from this fucking disease. I’m not going to pretend that we were close, I’m not looking for sympathy. I’d hardly seen him at all since school, but I’d still call him my friend. We used to sit next to each…