Author Archives: Matt

That Article 50 Letter In Full

That Article 50 Letter In Full. Dear Europe, I thought I’d write a quick line to say it was good fun, thanks for the stay, the visit was lovely, but we’re off, today so please – no more garlic, snails … Continue reading

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Lyonesse – A Sonnet

Lyonesse I was wrong about the blind right, thinking them haters and racists. No, some believe all will be well – we’ll have perpetual spring – a world full of golden light. How naïve! Though in some ways a relief, … Continue reading

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The Power of Stupid

“The Power of Stupid” Have you seen the latest? Shocking! she says, lifting a copy of the Daily Mail, that collection of British fairytales from the fifties, when darkies knew their place. Did you see that old sod Junckers, saying … Continue reading

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Review – Cirque de Glace, “Evolution”, King’s Theatre, Southsea, 8th May 2017

Anyone who knows me knows I’m a sucker for the circus, so when I saw Cirque de Glace were performing at the King’s Theatre, I couldn’t resist going. I LOVE CIRCUSES, and this was one with a difference. The whole … Continue reading

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When filming is not all right.

For many people, filming or recording a talk has become the simple way to keep notes, rather than do that laborious and oh-so-hard exercise of lifting up a pen. But it is not all right, and I will tell you … Continue reading

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Yoga and Sherlock Holmes – a brace of Pompey events

Two very different cultural events occurred in Portsmouth yesterday, that I was lucky enough to attend. The first was the limb-stretching Yoga for Writers, a workshop run by writer and Yoga teacher Helen Salsbury. A good hour and a half … Continue reading

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Puss In Boots, the Phoenix Players, Southsea, February 2017

One of my secret pleasures in Portsmouth in the early months of the year is the Phoenix Players pantomime, at the Trinity Theatre on the corner of Frances Avenue. Over the years I’ve seen Treasure Island with a massive cast … Continue reading

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Turn The Tides Gently Part 2 – An Opening

Been working on an opening for Turn The Tides Gently part 2. So, here’s something I wrote months ago. What do you think? I will call you “Marine” he says as he looks at the child. About nine years old. … Continue reading

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Extract from The Snow Witch – description of the town

With this section of The Snow Witch, I decided to write a potted history of the town with a level of dark style. Hope you like it: * Sleep. The city sleeps, contracted in the cold to a singularity of … Continue reading

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An opening to a story – would you read on?

This is a revised opening to a novel I wrote some time ago. What do you think? The Snow Witch The snow has eased off, and she looks up at the morning light. She’s sucking on a cigarette, her face … Continue reading

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