Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Latest Podcast listings September and October 2019

Latest News from my Podcast Series released since the start of September 2019.

Spoken Label..

(Joe Williams)

(Will Stevenson)

(Ellie Mason)

(Jade Kilduff)

(Leanne Beadle)

(Noemi Scotellaro Massimi)

(Alta Mabin)

Reading in Bed

(Including Reviews on 1. Samantha Schweblin – Fever Dream, 2. Jane Corry - - The Dead Ex
3. Daniel H Wilson – Robopoalypse, 4. Louise Doughty - Platform 7 and 5. Alta H Mabin – Evidence of Pain)

(Including Reviews on 1) Nick Clausen - they come at night, 2) Sue Forin - Sister, Sister
3) Greg Hurwitz - The Survivor
and 4) Wendy Cope - Serious Concerns)

Comics Unity

(Discussion what we want from the 15th Season of Supernatural Part 1 with Andy N and special guest cohost Gavin)

(Discussion what we want from the 15th Season of Supernatural Part 2 with Andy N, Michael and special guest cohost, Amanda Steel)

(Comics Unity Episode 11 with Andy N and Michael discussing the latest in the row between Sony and Marvel over Spiderman, Candyman and Wheel of time new casting, the rumor of Ryan Reynolds's Deadpool joining Marvel Phase 4 or 5, Ed Brukbaker and Sean Phillips doing work on Dawryn Cooke’s Parker for 2020, Andy Serkis to direct Venom 2, Syfy cancels Kryton and also abandons plans plans for Lobo show and so so so much more).

(Andy N and Michael with new additional host for Part 4, (on Supernatural latest news) Amanda Steel on this Episode discuss all kinds of the latest news in relation to TV and film news with comics and culture including the cancellation of the OA, the forthcoming War of the Worlds launch on the BBC, the new TV series by Simon Pegg and Nick Frost ‘Truth Seekers’.

They also discuss new TV shows such as Stumptown and Evil, the latest news on Arrowverse and the forthcoming events leading to Crisis on infitie earths due in Decmeber, a forthcoming Moon Knight and Conan the Barbarian and latest new networks Quibi, Apple TV and Disney network programming)

A Nature’s Walk

(Episode 3)

(Episode 5)

(Episode 6)

(Episode 7)

(Episode 8)

(Episode 9)

Monday, 28 October 2019

New Poem Published

From my up and coming 4th full length poetry book ‘The Streets were all we could see’ (which all been well will be out in January or February next year), Streetcake Magazine has published one of my poems from it ‘The Understudy’.

For some reason, they thought it was humorous. Maybe very very bleak humour but I’ll let you guys make up your own mind over it but I like it.

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Guest blog from Belle Kenyon interviewing Sarah Etlinger

Don't do this anywhere near enough but enclosed below is a guest feature from Belle Kenyon from Fly on the Wall interviewing Sarah Etlinger, a writer I hadn't heard off before but I will be checking out now certainly..

Isabelle: When you write a poem, do images or words come first?

Sarah: It depends. Usually, I’ll get a phrase or two, or a line, but sometimes I will see something which I think is so lovely that I want to write about it.

Isabelle: How does your environment and your upbringing inform your poetry?

Sarah: I grew up with literate and educated parents and we read all the time. Mom used to read rhyming prose to me and we used to see writing anything – like thank you notes – as creative. As an adult, I was introduced to poetry in around high school or middle school. T.S. Elliot and Sylvia Plath captivated me with the work they did. As an English major, and as a grad student, I hung out with creative writers and I also have an aunt who is a writer. Becoming a writer myself was always a possibility and it is always been part of my worldview because I have been an academic since college.

Isabelle: If you had to describe your collection in one sentence, what would it be?

Sarah: “Never One For Promises” examines relationships at a critical moment and offers insight into the connection between relationships and spirituality.

Isabelle: Which writers do you admire and does their work influence yours?

Sarah: Merwin Douglas influences my line breaks – he got rid of punctuation about a third of the way through his career which I found inspiring. K.Ryan is a rhymer and even though I don’t rhyme, I love her capacity to communicate a feeling in just two lines. Gwendolyn Brooks, Tess Gallagher, and Evan Bolland are all writers who have influenced me.

Isabelle: What is the worst writing advice you have ever received and the best?

Sarah: The worst writing advice was “Write What You Know”. It’s not what writing is about. What I know doesn’t necessarily create interest or create tension within a poem.

Also, the advice “avoids sentimentality” is mostly directed at women but I think there is room for that. I don’t want to be called ‘cute’ as a writer, so it’s not terrible advice but it’s so subjective, how can you judge? Typically, women are assumed to be confessional, autobiographical writers, whereas men are seen as detached, or less confessional writers and therefore are “allowed” to be sentimental in their writing.

The best writing advice I’ve ever received is to carve out time in the day to write as though it is my full-time job. Sometimes, that needs to be every two weeks, or even a month, but the best thing is to do it even if I don’t feel like it, or if I feel like I’m too busy! Also, getting valuable readers to feedback on my work.

More about Sarah Etlinger:

Sarah A. Etlinger holds a BA in English from Skidmore College, an MA in English from Syracuse University, and a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition (English) from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Scholarly interests include new media studies, first-year composition, feminist literature,  the Beatles, and popular culture. Currently, she is Associate professor of Composition and Literature at Rock Valley College where she teaches courses in composition, film, and literature.
A Pushcart and Best of the Net nominee, she is the author of two books: Never One for Promises (Kelsay Books, 2018) and Little Human Things, forthcoming from Clare Songbirds. Other poems can be found in a variety of literary magazines, including The Amethyst Review, Neologism Poetry Journal, Mookychick,  The Penwood Review, The Magnolia Review, Brine (where she was September 2018’s featured Poet of the Month) and many others. 
Interests include cooking, traveling, and learning to play the piano.

Sunday, 6 October 2019

Pictures from Speak Easy October 2019 at Stretford Sip Club

Next event is on 06 November 2019 but here are some photographs off all of the performers from our October night.

Get in touch if you would like a 5 minute slot for our November event (Either aen1mpo@yahoo.co.uk or stevesmythe50@gmail.com

                                                                        Andy N

                                                                        Chris Moore

Eve Nortley

Eve Nortley

Boo Hoo the Poet 

Boo Hoo the Poet 

Chris Bainbridge 

Chris Bainbridge 

Anthony Smith

Anthony Smith

Penny Sharman

Penny Sharman

Steve Smythe

Nigel Astell 

Jack Comer

Jack Comer 

Fokkina Mcdonnell

Fokkina Mcdonnell

Mike Booth

Mike Booth

Roy Page

Roy Page 

Belle Kenyon

Belle Kenyon

Anthony Briscoe

Esther Koch

Esther Koch



Ben Willkommens

Juliette Van Der Molen

Amanda Steel