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Arrived in Manchester

After a brief stay at the old homestead, I am now firmly in the arms of Manchester, Jewel of the North. I arrived beladen with bags on Thursday, so I'm four days in now and starting to get the hang of the idea. The new room's good, spacious, with a cool old wardrobe with a... Continue Reading →

Moving on

I announced on Facebook last week that I'd been accepted into the University of Manchester to do an MA in Creative Writing, with a focus on poetry. Obviously, this is a big step, and one I'm very happy to take. Even if the small matters of money and work and housing have yet to be... Continue Reading →

What I’ve Done This Week – 22/05/15

This what you're reading. (Hello!) Went work, obviously. Choir twice, the lucky things. Finished off season 2 of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..It's the TV spin-off about the anonymous people in Helicarriers and offices that turn up in Marvel movies sometimes, and led by one of the few they bothered to name. I like the show,... Continue Reading →

2015 and all that

Blogging is dead, basically. So why am I here? So it turns out I haven't posted here for half a year. The last post is dated July. This partly because I neglected to get Internet in the bedsit I was living in for that period (a mistake I won't make again) but also because I... Continue Reading →

How to Train Your Dragon 2

This is not a review. I'd had a grey and muggy morning, the type where the same thoughts that have been running around your head for weeks reoccur, and you proceed to become even more angry and upset by the hands you've been dealt and the other people playing the cards. It being a morning... Continue Reading →

Poems about Fishing

I wrote a poem. Well, some poems. The old line "there's plenty more fish in the sea" apparently bugs me a lot. I first wrote a short poem about it back in November 2012, thought it was pretty okay, and then earmarked it for a long-delayed fanzine, so it hasn't really been seen much. (I... Continue Reading →

Funeral #fridayflash

#fridayflash, wordbunches on a Friday. I wrote this in a cafe last month, because felt guilty for not writing much, but I couldn't be bothered to revise it heavily. We need to come up for a word that means "enjoy" but suits more serious stuff. Answers on a postcard. Also, yesterday was my two-year blogging... Continue Reading →

Libraries

I just blindly retweeted the above image. I can't claim I've read the actual article, or have some advanced knowledge or insight into the situation, but I thought it was worth doing a brief post on why libraries are so important to me. Neil Gaiman has done a test at his readings, where he asks... Continue Reading →

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