In Search of My Father 2017 Writing Project

In Search of My Father 2017 Writing Project
In Search of My Father, 2017 writing project supported by The National Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland

Monday, 14 August 2017

WHEN ELVIS PRESLEY DIED, THEY DIDN’T EVEN TRY TO BREAK IT TO ME GENTLY (1977)

Huge capital letters on a newsagent’s board:
ELVIS DEAD – handwritten in black felt-tip –
And I gasped as I headed to Chadwell Heath railway station.
“What? WHAT!” I thought in my own capitals,
“How can this be true?” Beyond moody blue.

I felt like throwing a sickie, going back home,
Smashing an LP to pieces, finding a sharp end
And slitting my wrist, I was that pissed.
They didn’t even try to break it to me gently,
Just BAM!!  Right there for all to see. Heartbreak.

Later, after work, watching the news and pictures
Of scrawny Elvis, beautiful Elvis, fat Elvis,
I saw the beginnings of him, the wonder of him,
The decline of him, that rotten rock and roll thing,
A complete and utter waste of a king.



Saturday, 12 August 2017

IN SEARCH OF MY FATHER - BELFAST TELEGRAPH

Here's a link to a Belfast Telegraph piece I wrote about my father's story.

It is here for my records but feel free to read it.





My research and writing work on this project is support-funded by The National Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.


Friday, 11 August 2017

FAO FEATURES EDITORS - SEPTEMBER 2017 FEATURES BULLETIN

Hello.

Here are some ideas for September 2017 features. Some of them may be in your diary already. Some of them may be added to your diary after reading this. Some features may be written by in-house journalists. But maybe, just maybe, I can write something for you.

Have a good old nosey round the blog to see some of the features in the archives.

Let me know what you want, word count, deadline and fee and I will get to work. (A summary of my published work appears below.)

Here's the September 2017 list and, if I can help, I look forward to hearing from you.  joecushnan@aol.com 

I will add more to the list if and when I come across any interesting ideas.

1 Poet Siegfried Sassoon died at 80 50 years ago
5 Mother Teresa died at 87 20 years ago
6 Princess Diana’s funeral 20 years ago
6 Luciano Pavarotti died at 71 10 years ago
7 Classic FM radio launched 25 years ago
10 Anita Roddick (Body Shop) died at 64 10 years ago
12 Anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko died at 30 40 years ago
12 Anthony “Norman Bates” Perkins died at 60 25 years ago
16 Black Wednesday sterling crisis 25 years ago
18 The Central Intelligence Agency formed 70 years ago
20 QE2 liner launched 50 years ago
21 The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien published 80 years ago
22 Marcel Marceau died (quietly) at 84 10 years ago
29 Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons debuted on TV (in Supermarionation) 50 years ago
30 BBC Radio 1 launched 50 years ago
30 Jazz’s greatest drummer, Buddy Rich, born 100 years ago



JOE CUSHNAN

Books: Belfast Backlash; Shops, Shoppers, Shopping & Shafted; Before Amnesia: Seeds Of A Memoir; Shaking Hands; Retail Confidential; Much Calamity & The Redundance Kid; Stephen Boyd: From Belfast To Hollywood; Hamish Sheaney: The Nearly-Man Of Irish Literature; Juggling Jelly; Geek!; A Belfast Kid; Jack Elam, I Gave You The Best Years Of My Life; The Chuckle Files; The Poems Of Hamish Sheaney: Remastered & Expanded; Only Yules & Verses; Only Drools & Corsets; Fun With Words, Fun With Rhyme; Fun With Words, Fun With Noise


Published features, reviews, poetry and the odd broadcasting gig include – Family Tree magazine, BBC Radio Ulster "The Arts Show", BBC Radio Ulster "The John Toal Show", Wells Festival/Poetry 2016 (Shortlist), The Galway Review, Scarlet Leaf Review, Derwent Poetry Festival 2015, 2015 Templar Poetry Anthology “Mill”, Octavius Magazine, Ireland’s Big Issue, Ink, Sweat & Tears, Belfast Telegraph, 2013 Belfast Book Festival, Irish News, BBC TV NI “Stephen Boyd: The Man Who Never Was”, BBC Radio Sheffield “Rony Robinson”, BBC Radio Ulster “Saturday Magazine”, BBC Radio 4 “You & Yours”, The Guardian, Tribune, NZ Management, The Grocer, Retail Week, Edge, Open Eye, Yorkshire Post, The Catholic Herald, Cambridge Evening News, The London Paper, Southern Cross, NZ Freelance, Writer’s News, Belfast News Letter, Irelands Own, Fortnight, The Dalhousie Review; Blithe Spirit; The Cannon’s Mouth, Poetry Monthly, Poetic Comment, Bard, Current Accounts, Candelabrum, Decanto, Inclement, Haiku Scotland, Time Haiku, etc.