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Joel (Joel)
Username: Joel

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 91.110.189.181
Posted on Wednesday, May 05, 2010 - 01:18 am:   

Just to let you know that my third collection of poems, The Autumn Myth, will be published by Arc in September of this year. This is a book that took years to come together, and combines some intensely personal stuff with some embittered commentary on recent political issues. It's not like the happiest of books, but if any of you feel like buying it I hope you will find it worthwhile.
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Mick Curtis (Mick)
Username: Mick

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 86.179.199.185
Posted on Wednesday, May 05, 2010 - 01:26 am:   

Good stuff, Joel - I'm not the world's biggest poetry fan (although possibly one of the tallest) but I'll certainly give it a go.
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Craig (Craig)
Username: Craig

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 75.4.237.130
Posted on Wednesday, May 05, 2010 - 03:16 am:   

I'll only read it if everything rhymes.
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Mick Curtis (Mick)
Username: Mick

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 86.182.155.197
Posted on Wednesday, May 05, 2010 - 10:04 am:   

"There once was a young man called Joel"...
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Weber (Weber_gregston)
Username: Weber_gregston

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 194.176.105.56
Posted on Wednesday, May 05, 2010 - 10:54 am:   

Who lived in a very big hole
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Tony (Tony)
Username: Tony

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 81.132.173.248
Posted on Wednesday, May 05, 2010 - 10:57 am:   

Is this about Puff the Magic Dragon? Didn't he frolic in it?
(sorry Joel!)
Poetry is tough to write. Like making mental jewellery.
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Jonathan (Jonathan)
Username: Jonathan

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 91.143.178.131
Posted on Wednesday, May 05, 2010 - 10:58 am:   

Sweet as. Send us a link when it's up and I shall purchase myself a copy.
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Allybird (Allybird)
Username: Allybird

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 79.64.121.35
Posted on Wednesday, May 05, 2010 - 11:07 am:   

Yes. I like to read poetry so am looking forward to it, Joel.
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Stevie Walsh (Stephenw)
Username: Stephenw

Registered: 03-2009
Posted From: 194.32.31.1
Posted on Wednesday, May 05, 2010 - 11:16 am:   

Well, I'm able to make online purchases again due to getting a Prepaid MasterCard (long story) and will finally be able to read some of Joel's fiction - you can't find it for love nor money in the shops over here. Where would be a good place to start?
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Tony (Tony)
Username: Tony

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 81.132.173.248
Posted on Wednesday, May 05, 2010 - 11:25 am:   

The internet.
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Weber (Weber_gregston)
Username: Weber_gregston

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 194.176.105.56
Posted on Wednesday, May 05, 2010 - 12:11 pm:   

I found a copy of the Blue Mask in waterstone
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Stevie Walsh (Stephenw)
Username: Stephenw

Registered: 03-2009
Posted From: 194.32.31.1
Posted on Wednesday, May 05, 2010 - 12:18 pm:   

Our branch of Waterstones is shit, Weber, but I'll keep my eyes open... was it in the general fiction section?
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Mick Curtis (Mick)
Username: Mick

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 86.182.155.197
Posted on Wednesday, May 05, 2010 - 12:33 pm:   

I just ordered The Blue Mask and From Blue to Black online. Will probably take 'em to FCon and ask young Joel to sign them for me.
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Weber (Weber_gregston)
Username: Weber_gregston

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 194.176.105.56
Posted on Wednesday, May 05, 2010 - 12:41 pm:   

It was in the Crime section.
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Joel (Joel)
Username: Joel

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 217.37.199.45
Posted on Wednesday, May 05, 2010 - 01:36 pm:   

At one time both novels were in the Cult Fiction section of the Birmingham Waterstones. This being apparently because they did a Google search and found me described by another writer as "the biggest cult I've ever met".
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Joel (Joel)
Username: Joel

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 217.37.199.45
Posted on Wednesday, May 05, 2010 - 01:45 pm:   

It's not for me to suggest what you should buy, Stevie, but you may not find anything of mine in the bookshops unless you order it. I think everything apart from The Earth Wire (1994) is still in print.
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Weber (Weber_gregston)
Username: Weber_gregston

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 194.176.105.56
Posted on Wednesday, May 05, 2010 - 05:48 pm:   

"There once was a young man called Joel
Who lived in a very deep hole,
He thought it quite nice
and ate lots of mice
and sometimes a tasty fried vole"
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Joel (Joel)
Username: Joel

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 217.37.199.45
Posted on Wednesday, May 05, 2010 - 05:58 pm:   

There was a young man named Weber
Who liked to make with the limericks
Because his name rhymed with nothing
And therefore the abuse had to be more innovative
Which presented only a temporary challenge

xxx
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Weber (Weber_gregston)
Username: Weber_gregston

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 194.176.105.56
Posted on Wednesday, May 05, 2010 - 06:01 pm:   

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Gcw (Gcw)
Username: Gcw

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 86.153.237.52
Posted on Wednesday, May 05, 2010 - 07:29 pm:   

:-)....

Joel, is de man of the moment, I have just finished 'From Blue To Black' & 'The Blue Mask' is next up.

I loved 'From Blue to Black', It's an era and a vibe I am very familiar with as I would have been the same age as the characters, and it would be quite easy to replace say, Edwards No.8, with the Norwich Arts Centre (where Richey stamped 'for real' into himself).

Tell me Joel, would Triangle's Cambridge date been the Boat Race or the Junction if the tour had gone ahead?..:-)

This book made me feel nostalgic for a time & a place...s'funny, last night I was rehearsing in the local pub top room, the conversation turned to politics..I had my new skinny jeans on, the bootcuts have been put away until fashion permits again...I had an epithany which made me smile, but scared me too...

It's 1979 again.

gcw
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Ian Alexander Martin (Iam)
Username: Iam

Registered: 10-2009
Posted From: 64.180.64.74
Posted on Thursday, May 06, 2010 - 12:04 am:   


quote:

s'funny, last night I was rehearsing in the local pub top room, the conversation turned to politics..I had my new skinny jeans on, the bootcuts have been put away until fashion permits again...I had an epiphany which made me smile, but scared me too...

It's 1979 again.


I grew-up in British Columbia, and even so, the above makes me react in only one way:

NOOOOOOO!!!!!
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Ian Alexander Martin (Iam)
Username: Iam

Registered: 10-2009
Posted From: 64.180.64.74
Posted on Thursday, May 06, 2010 - 06:13 am:   

The BBC have an 16-page Election Night Party Pack (photo masks, bingo cards based on phrases spoken by the commentators, Hung Parliament / Hangman), and it includes some "did you know..." facts on the General Election. Such as this:

quote:

It is also the first time, since 1979, that none of the three main party leaders has headed a previous general election campaign


So the parallels continue, it seems.
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Joel (Joel)
Username: Joel

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 217.37.199.45
Posted on Thursday, May 06, 2010 - 02:14 pm:   

There once was a young man named Weber
Who lived in the Vale known as Ebbw,
And argued with Craig
Though the issue was vague:
'Are Murray mints better than Trebor?'
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Frank (Frank)
Username: Frank

Registered: 09-2008
Posted From: 85.222.86.72
Posted on Thursday, May 06, 2010 - 02:18 pm:   

Congrats, Joel. Look forward to it.
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Weber (Weber_gregston)
Username: Weber_gregston

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 194.176.105.56
Posted on Thursday, May 06, 2010 - 02:22 pm:   

You know Ebbw is pronounced EbbOO so that doesn't actually rhyme...

There is a town called Llanbedr which would do it though
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Weber (Weber_gregston)
Username: Weber_gregston

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 194.176.105.56
Posted on Thursday, May 06, 2010 - 02:23 pm:   

What can you do with the name Marc?
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Zed (Gary_mc)
Username: Gary_mc

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 195.166.117.210
Posted on Thursday, May 06, 2010 - 02:24 pm:   

I'm not the world's biggest poetry fan either, but I own Joel's other poetry collections and they're excellent. I'll be getting this one, too.
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Joel (Joel)
Username: Joel

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 217.37.199.45
Posted on Thursday, May 06, 2010 - 03:45 pm:   

There was a young fellow named Marc
Who liked to go down to the park
And stroll through the trees.
When you're down on your knees
They all look the same in the dark.
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Craig (Craig)
Username: Craig

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 75.4.255.32
Posted on Thursday, May 06, 2010 - 03:53 pm:   

That would have to be a vague argument indeed, since I've no idea what Murray or Trebor mints are....
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Stevie Walsh (Stephenw)
Username: Stephenw

Registered: 03-2009
Posted From: 194.32.31.1
Posted on Thursday, May 06, 2010 - 04:19 pm:   

Murray mints are much nicer than Trebor.
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Richard_gavin (Richard_gavin)
Username: Richard_gavin

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 65.110.174.71
Posted on Friday, May 07, 2010 - 11:19 am:   

This is *great* news, Joel. Congratulations. Intensely personal poetry is the best kind. I'm really looking forward to The Autumn Myth.
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Joel (Joel)
Username: Joel

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 91.110.141.101
Posted on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 - 01:12 am:   

This book's shown on the Arc website now:

http://www.arcpublications.co.uk/catalogue/index.php?description_id=409

...or you can click on the small image of the front cover on the home page of the website. Gorgeous cover, one of the best I've had.

The book should be available in early December.

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Zed (Gary_mc)
Username: Gary_mc

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 195.166.117.210
Posted on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 - 10:22 am:   

There's a hardback edition? Nice. That'll do for me.
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Frank (Frank)
Username: Frank

Registered: 09-2008
Posted From: 85.222.86.21
Posted on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 - 11:02 am:   

Congrats, Joel, stellar stuff. I'm still waiting for the Polish postal service to deliver 'The Witnesses Are Gone.'
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Joel (Joel)
Username: Joel

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 91.110.203.177
Posted on Saturday, October 30, 2010 - 04:09 pm:   

Just received some advance copies of The Autumn Myth... it's a really nice production. The paperback has strong matt card covers. The interior typesetting is exemplary and unless my eyes deceive me the poems are set in Palatino.

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