TRUMP v The Huddled Masses

A senior Trump advisor, Stephen Miller, sparked a furor last week when he dismissed the famous poem at the base of the Statue of Liberty. In response, The Guardian asked 21 poets: what type of poem would Trump like to see at the statue?So I thought I'd have a go myself and here's my tuppence…Read more TRUMP v The Huddled Masses

The Sellout wins 2016 Man Booker Prize

The Sellout is a searing satire on race relations in contemporary America. The Sellout by Paul Beatty is named winner of the 2016 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. The Sellout is published by small independent publisher Oneworld, who had their first win in 2015 with Marlon James’ A Brief History of Seven Killings. The 54-year-old…Read more The Sellout wins 2016 Man Booker Prize

Underground – Daily Post Prompt

In this world, being white isn't easy. You have to watch what you say and never too loudly, avoid making eye contact and only speak when you're spoken to. They own and control everything, behave like they own you. It could be worse, you know, if there was no underground.

Trumpet’s Downfall, part 4

(Part 4 of The Rise & Fall of Donald Trumpet Esq.) Fifi Fontaine was, as her Grande Tante was fond of saying, ‘puce hors l’ancien bloc’. She would also say,  ‘il y a plus d'une façon d'accommoder un lapin’ or as les rosbifs say, there are more than two ways to skin a cat. She…Read more Trumpet’s Downfall, part 4

Trumpet’s Downfall, part 3

(part 3 of The Rise & Fall of Donald Trumpet Esq.) Thomas Wellspring II found Bench waiting for him, as arranged, in the back room of a small alehouse, down a laneway near the dockside. It was a deceptive location, he noted, barely noticeable in the alley gloom but inside, so much more spacious than…Read more Trumpet’s Downfall, part 3

Trumpet’s Downfall, part 1

part 3 of The Rise & Fall of Donald Trumpet Esq. Jack Connell had everything stacked against him; an Irish born Romany migrant worker, married to Consuela, a Spanish Romany woman. He worked for Trumpet Fisheries and eked a miserable life out of digging razor fish and clams from the shallow salt marshes on the…Read more Trumpet’s Downfall, part 1