THE UNIFIED FIELD OF ME (BLOG)
Tae be yersel and tae mak that worth bein
Nae harder job to mortals has been gien
So wrote the Scots poet Hugh MacDiarmid. To be yourself and to make that worth being…
But just as Keith Richards has called Mick Jagger ‘a nice bunch of guys’, I’d suggest much the same could be said of most people.
Here are some pieces I have written – past and present – that give clues to my own assortment of interests and selves. More importantly, they show what a big, deep cultural pond this small Piscean finds himself swimming around in.
One of the many and varied pleasures of having The Ballad of Syd & Morgan out there in the world comes from hearing how its readers have subsequently returned to the works of Syd Barrett and E M Forster which inspired it – or in some cases are now hearing and...read more
Prompted by a very old friend to compile a personal ‘Top Twenty’ during a recent email exchange, my brief to myself was to select 20 singles as a kind of desert island collection. The songs not only have to have been singles, they must ideally have been experienced...read more
In an interesting feature on the Syd Barrett website, 'produced and authorised by the Barrett family to remember Syd', people write short reflections on individual songs by the great man. I was delighted to be asked by the family to choose a song, then write my own...read more
For those who for perfectly-understandable reasons don't pay a subscription to the Times Empire, and so can't read my full TLS review (see yesterday's post) here is a photo of the whole thing.read more
It has been said (by me) that when Henry Layte launches a Propolis book, it stays launched. I am confident this will prove to be the case with my own novel, now that Syd & Morgan’s fourth and final launch event has been and gone. I had no clear idea how the...read more
A sentence in my previous post reads: "The link can be found in this copy of a bulletin from the Book Hive website, written in the inimitable style of Mr Henry Layte". Inimitably enough, Henry has since been in touch to point out, "Indeed my writing style on that...read more
There’s an old Monty Python sketch about a fellow called Arthur ‘Two Sheds’ Jackson (because - well - he had two sheds). Thanks to the tireless promotion of my latest novel by Propolis Books, I am coming to be known within my immediate circle – not without a raised...read more
This interview from 2 Nov 2018 should be accessible for the next three or four weeks. It was part of a show called Time Out with Laurie Bailey, and I come on during the last half hour, starting at around 2 hrs 22 mins. Quite a personable young man. (Him, not me.)...read more
And here is the author being accosted by publisher/bookseller Henry Layte (a hard man to resist).read more
Couldn't resist putting up this pic. For those who don't already know it, this is The Book Hive independent bookshop in Norwich, which doubles as HQ for Propolis Books. What a fantastic window display!read more