Apologies, Readers.


It’s been a while.

How are you?

I’ve been moving house, packing, finding resources for my summer camp, etc. etc. I’ll skip the details, but I’ve genuinely been very busy.

At 1am tonight, I’m off to Madrid by overnight bus. Then I’ve got two days of tourism and holidays, before I scoot to the North West coast on another ridiculously long bus journey, and teach teenagers for 3 weeks.

The good news is, that while that is bound to be a busy and stressful time too, it is also just 9-2 work, so I’ll have evenings and afternoons to get a bit of writing done. I’ve got something written by my tiny-co-author to edit up, and that blessed serial short story I keep promising. Perhaps that’s one step too organised for me. But hey, deadlines are part of an authors life, so I should start respecting them.

So whatI’m saying is, sorry y’all for leaving you storyless, but I’ll be back, probably on Sunday, with my twice-weekly updates.

In the mean time,  here’s a new favourite poem of mine:


Let Me Die a Youngman’s Death



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Let me die a youngman’s death
not a clean and inbetween
the sheets holywater death
not a famous-last-words
peaceful out of breath death

When I’m 73
and in constant good tumour
may I be mown down at dawn
by a bright red sports car
on my way home
from an allnight party

Or when I’m 91
with silver hair
and sitting in a barber’s chair
may rival gangsters
with hamfisted tommyguns burst in
and give me a short back and insides

Or when I’m 104
and banned from the Cavern
may my mistress
catching me in bed with her daughter
and fearing for her son
cut me up into little pieces
and throw away every piece but one

Let me die a youngman’s death
not a free from sin tiptoe in
candle wax and waning death
not a curtains drawn by angels borne
‘what a nice way to go’ death

Roger McGough


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