Thursday, 19 May 2011

Manuscripts A-go-go

Since the dawn of my poetry writing "career" I've written X to the power of X poems. Most of them are rubbish.  But like a mushroom on a turd, from the crap pile emerge two decent collections of words.

I've finally put together two manuscripts of poetry which I have written (pretty much) in the past 5 years. But I've no publisher - - see where this is headed? Use yer noggin'

As a lesser form I've sent them off to a few publishing folks in the past and had some mightily fine rejections including "we love this but you're not Welsh". Never have those words hurt so much.

So if you know a publisher who's just dying for mushrooms, send them my way and you can rub my belly. A  FREE sample (the first is free, after that you pay...any way you can) is below, "Barracuda" (a kind of surreal sea-side jaunt):

Click to enlarge. Ohh yeh you like that...

Russell Jones

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Shore Arches

Where have I been? Where have YOU been? You never call any more, I'm starting to think that night we had was just a joke. And to think I loved you.  I opened my heart and let you crawl in like Luke Skywalker in that ubiquitous arctic scene. You scumbag. Kiss me.

Well it's been some time since I last posted anything so here are two mind-bendingly astonishing events for you to add to your diary so your life seems a little less like natural yoghurt and a bit more like popping candy milkshake blended with cocaine and dark rum:

The Arches, Glasgow,
24 May, 7pm to infinity

Short film night Focus Left returns following its launch last year – and a highly successful youth edition at Glasgow Film Festival.

I'll be reading Edwin Morgan's science fiction poem, "In Sobieski's Shield" over Dan Warren's short film based on the poem, to live music.

Shore Poets, Lot, 4–6 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2JU
26 June, 7:45 - 10:15pm
Jane McKie
A night where magical poets hit you with their wands:

Jane McKie
The Mark Ogle Memorial Award
Martin McIntyre, Russell Jones
Music: Blue Flint

Russell Jones