Recommended Reads: Nolan, Gadsby.

Black Moss by David Nolan. In 1990, Manchester radio journalist Danny Johnston looks into the murder of a child while the eyes of the world are on the Strangeways prison riot. More than a quarter of a century later, he again takes up the investigation.  Black Moss is gripping, fast paced, moving, authentic, and funny,…

Night And The City by Gerald Kersh Kickstarter Campaign.

Paperback edition of Night And The City by Gerald Kersh BY London Books London Classics edition of Gerald Kersh‘s classic London novel Night & The City. ‘We are looking to raise £3,000 to crowdfund the production of a high quality paperback edition of the iconic London novel ‘Night And The City’ By Gerald Kersh. “The…

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…

PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A CONSUMER: CATHI UNSWORTH

SONGS ‘Some Velvet Morning’ Lee Hazlewood & Nancy Sinatra, ‘Telstar’ The Tornados, ‘Bedlam’ Gallon Drunk, ‘The Gospel Singer’ Big Sexy Noise, ‘Give It Up’ Lee Dorsey, ‘Let’s Take It To The Stage’ Funkadelic, ‘The Gravedigger Song’ Mark Lanegan Band, ‘The Man With The Golden Arm’ Barry Adamson, ‘Yeh Yeh’ Georgie Fame, ‘Jack The Ripper’ Screaming…

Brit Noir Films by Cathi Unsworth

Pic (c) Julian Ibbitson. Brighton Rock (Boulting Brothers, 1947) Hard to imagine now, perhaps, but Richard Attenborough was perfectly capable of personifying evil and the first time he achieved it was in his seemingly effortless depiction of juvenile delinquent Pinkie in the first adaptation of Graham Greene’s peerless seaside noir. Ably abetted by a young…

The Hunt For The ’60s Ripper by Robin Jarossi

A serial-killer nicknamed Jack the Stripper murdered eight women in London during the mid-sixties but he was never caught, despite an extensive and expensive police manhunt. Was it because the woman were prostitutes and the general public had little sympathy for them? Or maybe the killer had inside information about the investigation? And is he…

Papaya Rocks Film Festival – submissions close in one week.

Indie filmmakers! Submissions to the first Papaya Rocks Film Festival in London close in one week. You can submit your Micro Short (max 2 min) & Short Film (max 15 min) via Film Freeway. The award ceremony will take place on 28th of February 2019 in the independent family owned Genesis Cinema in Whitechapel. Find…

Out by Paul D. Brazill

In the 1978 TV series OUT, poker-faced Tom Bell plays Frank Ross, a gangster who is sent to prison for robbery after someone grasses him up. Eight years later, Ross leaves the slammer and is confronted with a London that has changed and people that have changed. Instead of stitching back together his relationships, however,…

Fiction: CTD (Circling the Drain) by Saira Viola

The glitzy eye of the capital dimmed by savage wage cuts, job losses, unlicensed pawn shops, rampant racism, and those over fed piggy bankers. 5am: Underneath Waterloo Station. It stunk of skunk-sick man’s urine and a hungry bull mastiff. Empty cans of Stella, KFC chicken boxes, and orphaned, pound store socks lay strewn across the…