Recommended Reads: Rausch, Kalteis, Morr.

  Bloody Sheets by Andy Rausch Mob enforcer Coke’s son is murdered by the Ku Klux Klan and Coke heads off to redneck country to extract his bloody revenge. Bloody Sheets is a violent and powerful crime drama choc-full of great characters and crackling dialogue. Poughkeepsie Shuffle by Dietrich Kalteis In ’80s Toronto, an ex-con trying…

Steven Ball’s Bastard Island by Alan Savage

Like a director of some impressionistic unscripted film, Steven Ball has created what I can only describe as field poetry, with a soundscape that blurs the lines between the conscious waking world and the mystical world beyond the veil. The instrumentation is never intrusive, hinting at possibilities rather than finalities. The songs are pieced together…

Baby Copesticks by Ian Copestick

Sometimes when I see young children Playing in the sun and it’s such a feeling Of happiness and laughter, I find myself Wondering what it would have been like To have a couple of baby Copesticks Running around, but then I think that It won’t always be summer and the kids Won’t always be happy…

Can House by Maxy Neil Bianco

‘In a broken old port town stranded deep up north, a strange, magical, shrine-like building has appeared. in a neighbourhood falling into such profound decline that the street lights have been switched off and many houses have been boarded up waiting for new development that may never come, one particular pebble dashed council house has…

Detritus Of The Drunken Night by Ian Lewis Copestick

Detritus Of The Drunken Night is Ian Lewis Copestick‘s first poetry collection and it’s a belter. Love, life, loneliness, death and  debt are only some themes of this marvellous collection. Gritty but never grim these are heartfelt and razor- sharp slices of life. Detritus Of The Drunken Night is published by Cajun Mutt Press and is…

Poetry: Outside The Burnt Out Notre Dame by Ian Copestick

I saw on the TV news, as they were reporting From outside the burnt out Notre Dame That it has stood there for 850 years. All the way back to the 12th Century. It really made me think, all of the changes That have happened in that time, the cathedral Stood there witnessing it all….

PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A CONSUMER: JEREMY THOMS

SONGS: Wichita Lineman – Glen Campbell; Andromeda Heights – Prefab Sprout; This Life – Bruce Springsteen; Surf’s Up – Beach Boys; Mandolin Wind – Rod Stewart; Dead Souls – Joy Division; This Guy’s In Love With You – Herb Alpert; Over & Over – Neil Young; Amelia – Joni Mitchell; Blame It On The Sun…

Paul D. Brazill interviews filmmaker Andreea Boyer

PDB: Poet, filmmaker or actress? Which of those descriptions do you identify most strongly with? AB: I would say all, and I’m also interested and active in other work areas. I’m also the Festival Director for my Mabig Film Festival in Bavaria, Germany. International submissions to my film festival can be made online on FilmFreeway….

Short Stories For Sunday: Tony Black and Mark West

Stone Ginger by Tony Black Charlie ‘Minty’ Lamb meets Ginger in his local pub and is soon besotted with her. But things quickly turn pear shaped in this short, sharp Brit Grit yarn. The Goblin Glass by Mark West When his life falls apart, Warren is pulled sharply back into a life of crime. He…