Kilburn by Eoghan Lyng

Kilburn Sometimes, I think of Kilburn; Wrestling the wreath, of an unnamed Tree from Ireland. We clamour to Kilburn, Calling to past ways, pathways, As spirits are tap’d out and sold. And where would you be, Kilburn? Catching the hordes, The Gypsies, the More o’ers Passing their ways, their trades, Their songs “O’er The Fields,”…

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…

Corona Connections: Episode One – Magic Moments

Episode One of Shoreditch Pictures‘ new online series, Corona Connections, which follows characters during lockdown of the coronavirus epidemic. Magic Moments is the story Harry,(Max Waldron) who calls his Grandma (Patricia Loveland) to wish her a happy birthday and give her a heart-warming surprise. Written & Directed by Ben Wicks Produced by Sarah Culverhouse. Shot…

Recommended Reads: Abide With Me and April Skies by Ian Ayris.

In American fiction, the lines of genre are regularly blurred so that characters in the writings of ‘dirty realists’ like Nelson Algren, Harry Crews, John Fante and Charles Bukowski can comfortably inhabit the same world as those of crime fiction writers such as James M Cain, Jim Thompson and Charles Wilford.  This, of course, is a very…

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,…

PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A CONSUMER: ANNE BILLSON

  BOOKS Dark Entries – Robert Aickman. In 1968 I got this collection of short stories out of Croydon Library straight after seeing The Bells of Hell – an adaptation of Aickman’s Ringing the Changes in the Late Night Horror anthology series; needless to say the BBC has since wiped the tape. A Harlot High…

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: Gary Crowley

SONGS Music continues to excite and thrill me as much as it did as a music mad teen and some of my favourite songs of 2018 included…. Laville… Easy Hollie Coo… Stay Alive Hatchie…Sugar & Spice Louise Distras…Street Revolution 77:78… Love Said Tracey Thorn…. Queen Chaka Khan, Like Sugar Johnny Marr…Hi Hello Paul Weller…Gravity Old…