2019 marks my 20th year of being ‘on the road.’ A Kerouac reference which follows on nicely from Lonesome Traveller which I used for Perry Blake‘s blog. Nowadays we are spoilt for choice between hostels, hotels, and now Air BnB, here’s a selection of places I’ve stayed over the last 20 years of independent travelling. At […]
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In the early nineties many bands born of the post-punk generation hit a creative brick wall (Duran Duran’s Liberty, INXS’s X and Icehouse Code Blue come to mind). Only U2 and Depeche Mode played their cards correctly. The slate was effectively wiped clean for the aforementioned trio of acts. All did better on their second […]
Originally released in April 1997, A Lyrical Oasis is one of the best examples of a collection specifically written as a (near) sequential poetry book, owing much to the art and music that then inspired me during its creation (David Bomberg, Cocteau Twins, Peter Kingsbery etc). Writing commenced in the starving poet’s garret in Newport, […]
*above photos from Nou Barris library Barcelona possesses some pretty swanky libraries and some great pieces which given time I’ll get round to listening to (obviously I know the debut Duran album above) but there’s much to bathe my ears in – time and decent headphones permitting. Here’s a quick rundown of the libraries I’ve […]