Journalism I Have Done

In the next couple of months I will be looking at a way of consolidating this and my other blogs into one site, probably a dot com with my own name on it, because having three websites for different things in an age of tabbed browsing is beginning to strike me as both unwieldy and pointless.  In the meantime, some links to the stuff I have been doing since March…

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Things I Wrote in March

Interviews

  • Gemma Malley, YA author for 12 Books in 12 Months
  • Jeff LaSala, Editor of new SF book Foreshadows: The Ghosts of Zero for 12 Books in 12 Months
  • Steve Augarde, children’s author and illustrator for 12 Books in 12 Months
  • Alastair Kilpatrick, musician, for The Edinburgh Reporter
  • No Globe, club night for Ten Tracks

Reviews

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Stuff I’ve written this week:

Interview with novelist and comedian ALKennedy for IdeasTap

Toilet Wisdom for A Daddy Long Legs is Not A Father

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The things I have written over the past few days:

March edition of Oot for The Broughton Spurtle

I co-wrote Ten Things to do in Edinburgh in March on The Edinburgh Reporter

I have also added a couple of sets to Flickr.  People and Reflections.  They include the picture below.

Phenomenal.

 

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Working Without Pay

Far be it from me to wax negative on the unemployment situation in the UK, but the more I see of this sh*tstorm about job seekers having to stack shelves in supermarkets to earn their benefits, the more I want to eat my own eyes.

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It seems I have abandoned this blog pretty cruelly – no posts since October, terrible behaviour.  I have been updating 12 Books in 12 Months pretty often though, and sporadically posting on my personal page, A Daddy Long Legs is Not A Father.  Here are links to some of the writing I have done over the past few months.

November Oot for The Broughton Spurtle

Interview with The Night Light for 12 Books in 12 Months

Blues Weekend on Ten Tracks

Interview with Weaponizer for 12 Books in 12 Months

Interview with Angry Robot Books for 12 Books in 12 Months

December Oot for The Broughton Spurtle

Interview with cartoonist Alexander Matthews for 12 Books in 12 Months

Interview with Kohl Publishing for 12 Books in 12 Months

Edinburgh’s Unsung Heroes for Ten Tracks

Interview with illustrator Gemma Correll for 12 Books in 12 Months

Interview with Scary Go Round and Bad Machinery artist John Allison for 12 Books in 12 Months

Top Christmas Songs for Ten Tracks

January Oot for The Broughton Spurtle

Interview with illustrator Aurora Cacciapuoti for 12 Books in 12 Months

January Roundup for Ten Tracks

Interview with artist Victoria Evans, founder of the 28 Drawings Later Challenge for 12 Books in 12 Months

12 Books in 12 Months – A Review

February Oot for The Broughton Spurtle

Idiot’s Guide to Dub for Ten Tracks

February Roundup for Ten Tracks

Scottish Children’s Book Awards Results for The Edinburgh Reporter

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Some stuff I’ve been doing lately:

Edinburgh Author Shortlisted for Children’s Book Awards on The Edinburgh Reporter

Interview with kids author Trenton Lee Stewart for 12 Books in 12 Months

Liveblog of September’s Society of Authors Conference on 12 Books in 12 Months

October Oot for The Broughton Spurtle

Update on efforts to save the Forest Cafe for Ten Tracks

Grenade in the Rain – a short story for The Pictonaut Challenge – a new monthly short story initiative on The Rogue Verbumancer

Ephemera for Ten Tracks

Photos of my first trek up Arthur’s Seat on Flickr

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I have been neglecting this blog, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been writing any articles of interest.  See links below.  I will also post fuller versions of some of these soon – including the interview with Rod Jones of Idlewild (the full thing is about 3000 words but I edited that pretty heavily for Ten Tracks..) and a transcription of the CTA interview!

Cancel the Astronauts audio interview for The Edinburgh Reporter

12 books in 12 months for IdeasTap

August Oot for The Broughton Spurtle

Forest Cafe’s Literary Opus for The Edinburgh Reporter

Amanda Palmer Interview for Ten Tracks

Rod Jones Interview for Ten Tracks

12 books in 12 months for Novel Times

Andy Stanton Interview for 12 Books in 12 Months

September Oot for The Broughton Spurtle

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#BoycottNOTW

A few weeks ago I wrote an article as part of a job application in which I pointed out – albeit in a slightly glib manner – that Channel 4 is the King of news reporting.  And not just because of Jon Snow’s funky tie collection.  Anyone watching tonight as they revealed how it appears the News of the World not only hacked the phones of several murdered school girls, but put a police chief in charge of a murder investigation under surveillance in order to get further tidbits, must surely agree.

I didn’t get the job (a weekly column on popular culture), but I thought I would reproduce the article below, to lighten the mood of depression and outrage these revelations have caused.  Twitter is an angry place to be right now.

This week you may have heard the non-story of a farm in Ireland where rogue cows were escaping from a barn before the farmer came to let them out in the morning.

It was the greatest mystery of modern times. Poirot was called in. And Columbo.  And the Old Spice Guy.  Then it was broken to the farmer that the dimension between reality and fiction had a non-permeable membrane, and eventually his brother became so inflamed with curiosity he set up a camcorder to “find out what was going on” and not at all because he found cows sexy.

This highly technical deductive research led to the discovery that one cow had worked out she could push the lock open with her tongue, facilitating a great escape for the rest of the herd.  There followed a lively online debate about bovine intelligence, although Sky News reported, “Daisy seems unphased by her Twitter fame.”  She was probably too busy blogging in outrage about the fact ‘WeLoveChrisBrown’ was trending.  She has a point though.  Did I miss a ‘wife beating is cool’ memo?

Anyway, in the age of globalization and the world-wide-intermatron, news output is far reaching and often nonsensical.  From ITV reporting live outside a building where the accused used to work five years ago to the BBC choosing the weakest line of questioning you could possibly imagine (so Prime Minister, where did you get those socks?), journalists report on anything at all in order to fill the gaps between ad breaks.  And if you have cable TV you can watch Fox News, perpetrators of propaganda so outrageous that Colonel Gadaffi would say ‘Wait, what?’

Having examined the options, you’ve probably come to the same conclusion regarding newsgathering that I have.  It’s abundantly clear the only team who can be trusted is Channel 4.  If Jon Snow were put in charge of all news output in the world, there wouldn’t be a whisper of complaint.  You’d get serious reporting with proper questions asked; sprinkled with occasional bouts of dry humour but avoiding outright whimsy because they’re professional enough to recognise that’s what The One Show is for.

If I were to speculate wildly on why their coverage is better than anyone else’s, I’d say it’s because they all live in a big house together like in The Apprentice.  Jon Snow is the dad, ruling with a hand that’s firm but fair.  Krishnan Guru-Murthy is the mum, making pancakes for everyone in the morning before they go out looking for stories. Alex Thomson and Faisal Islam are the kids who are always picking on little sis Katie Razzall, and all three are forever knocking their knees off things and getting into hilarious scrapes.

Then there’s Uncle Gary Gibbon who likes shouting at politicians, and Cousin Sarah Smith who keeps Skyping from Washington DC to show off about the fact she had dinner with the Obamas again.  They may have their ups and downs, but they work together as a team to bring us The Truth.

Frankly it’s the fly on the wall documentary of the year.  How do I go about pitching programme ideas to Channel 4…?

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Edinburgh bands on TV tonight – for The Edinburgh Reporter

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