September 25, 2019

Click here for my new short story, "The Killing of Crazy JaDa" from OBLITERATI PRESS



July 17, 2018

The story of the ‘headscarf revolutionaries’ has travelled the world and come home again. Today I was sent this photograph of a new street sign for "Lil Bilocca Way" on the aptly-named Meaux Rise, Kingswood, Hull.

For it was from the Meaux Cistercian Abbey at Wawne, nea...

July 11, 2018

“[With] prose superior to film in capturing brief, confusing, life-or-death situations. This meticulously researched history moves along with the pace of a novel, recreating a world where the tragedy would go unreported for hours because newspapers and even TV news shu...

June 17, 2018

On the No.62 bus to Hope Street, upstairs with my Da.

Him in the coat that went on the bed on cold nights.

Through a wee hand-wiped porthole we would see

the fading names atop the tell-tale tenements.

Moses McCulloch, Iron Founder, Gallowgate,

AA Massey & Sons, Purveyors a...

June 15, 2018

We Know What We Are – Russ Litten. (Obliterati Press, 2018)

This debut short story collection from novelist Russ Litten is, to paraphrase Yeats, a thing of terrible beauty. This flip-side look at the “city of culture” from which the author hails does not hold back.


April 22, 2018

53º NORTH* – an all-new music and spoken word festival for the North is to be staged in Hull’s historic Zebedee’s Yard between Friday, June 8 to Sunday June10.

Day one, to launch this new festival will include a massive event – details of which have yet to be announced....

April 7, 2018

(For Dicky Deegan’s Da)

Steam rises – a kettle whistle crescendos and fades

– the mammy lifts it from the Yorkist range –

the only English thing in the kitchen.

Around a table more aged than them all

Old and young – daughters and sons

Prepare to bear the pall.

At the table Te...

March 30, 2018

Good Friday seems the most apt time to give this poem another airing. "Times and Tides" – is inspired by the photography of Dr Alec Gill MBE and the people of the Hessle Road fishing community – and is read by Hull-born actress Gemma Oaten – star of Emmerdale and Holby...

March 29, 2018

Click here for my new short story from Obliterati Press

March 8, 2018

TODAY in the Commons, North Hull Labour MP Diana Johnson quoted The Headscarf Revolutionaries as inspirational women and has called for them to be given the Freedom of the City of Hull.

She was joined in that call on International Women's Day

by the city's two other MPs...

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