The first book collection of the webcomic Townies. (Towniescomics.com) Features every strip for the 2002-3 year as well as bonus strips, sketches, commentary, and a forward by Rob Balder of... More > PartiallyClips. (PartiallyClips.com)< Less
I call this anthology 'Lifescan ' because the poems included follow my journey through a now quite long and varied life.
Of course, you can be too parochial as well as is the case here in Wales... More > where literary grants and publications are dominated by a chronic cronyism that makes me ashamed to be Welsh, and to make things worse: these characters assume the trendy left wing stance!
To come down off the soapbox: many of the pieces included here reflect my own experiences, while others are not empirical at all.
'Uncle Tal' though did exist and was my mother's brother who perished with so many others in the 1914 - 18 war. His namesake: the great Welsh poet, Taliesin. He wrote that he 'was the child of the summer stars', thus anticipating scientific theory by fourteen hundred years.< Less
A Tomboy-meets-Townie love story and tale about how friendship can save your life.
Sara Quinn is a Sportswriter from Boston and over the past year she has started to earn major respect in the local... More > market. In the process, however, she abandoned her personal relationships and put her emotions in the box. Regardless of her self-imposed timeout, a friend introduces her to Ben. With blue eyes, black hair and a brogue, he's her ultimate triple threat. But they connect just as Sara learns that her friends are facing heavy emotional crises. She starts offering advice, becoming a rock for everyone else, and in the process Sara unearths her own long dormant insecurities. But a bag of peanut butter cups and a hockey game won't fix her issues. She's got to move past her emotional past without hiding behind her career for once. She needs her friend's support as much as they need hers and the four will quickly discover that, when they stick together, their offense is virtually unstoppable.< Less
Monk saw a sign. It was that sign that brought a Buddhist monk off the roads of West Texas to the Ataboy Diner. Not only the sign but the secrets he keeps. The locals soon give him another mystery... More > to solve: the not-so-great train robbery. From chicken round ups to rodeos our bare-backed, backwards-riding Monk is called on time and again to tell a story: He tells about Issa the Mason who Wouldn’t Be King, about the Death of the Phoenix, about Opossum Boy and a Ghost Thief. He tells these stories to a crazy cast of characters including townies like waitress Isabella, the Queen of the Proverb, and to passers-thru like Bubba the wise trucker and the New Agers of the Caravan called the Gift…Come on in and sit a spell! Pull up a booth and settle in. Let Monk tell you a story!< Less
I have tried to select my poems and stories set in and around Swansea for this little book or featuring Swansea characters. It follows the path of my own life from my boyhood in St Thomas to my youth... More > in the Merchant Navy and then my occupations as a Steel Erector (Iron Fighter) and teacher and lecturer. But there are quite a few digressions from this general theme in the text -you will probably be glad to know!
Of course, the poems were written to be said not read and this can make for a difference in the nuance of the piece e.g. I used to read the first poem 'Dylan's Townie' in a Swansea accent for the first two verses and then take on the 'posh' English accent of Dylan Thomas for the third verse with its more ambiguous and flamboyant imagery.
I hasten to add that I don't see myself as anywhere near as accomplished and brilliant poet as Dylan. However, my favourite poet of the 20 Century is W.B.Yeats and this can lead to even greater problems!< Less