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But, of course, what else would it be when Read Raw appear at Paisley Museum and Art Gallery to support the Show Scotland campaign?No, it went well, the four Read Rawers, and Betty McKellar, Geoff (son of Tommy) Cooper, Ronnie (nephew of Walter (the self-styled 'worst poet in the world' and author of several collections, including 'A Wee Dribble of Dross')) McCorrisken, and last, but not least, Pauline Vallance on the Clarsach and the flute, and voice, of course.Check out Pau... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Thursday, 07 May 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Picked up a signed copy of Bronwen Winter Phoenix's 'Nightswallow' to add to the reading pile. Bronwen has conquered Scotland on her signing tour and moves across the border to Borders in Birmingham next week - the 2nd of May, and Waterstones the following Saturday in Worcester,and is actually coming back to Scotland to sign at WH Smith's in Argyle Street on the 30th May. Check out her website for details, but maybe give that ... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Sunday, 26 April 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Here, we go again, but this is my fourth attempt at writing this, and trying to post it, so here goes. JG Ballard died a few days ago, aged 78, after a long battle with cancer. He is probably best known for his semi-autobiographical novel, 'Empire of the Sun', a stick-on for the 1984 Booker Prize until they opened the envelope and said the winner is 'Anita Brookner for Hotel Du Lac.' Empire was made into a film by Steven Speilberg, and another great director, David Cronenberg, filmed Ballard's n... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Wednesday, 22 April 2009 Comments Comments(1) Read more...
Tuesday night, back at the Glasgow SF Writers Circle. Slight confusion over the stories. I thought it was Mark and Graeme's short short stories, but it was a longer story from Graeme Stevenson called 'The Bell of Broke Vault', which fits into that horror sub-genre of 'You Really Don't Want To Go There'. I read horror a lot - too much probably, and one of the essential books of the year is the Steve Jones edited 'Best New Horror' which will reach it's 20th edition this year, go Steve. In his pick... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Thursday, 09 April 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Okay, it's only early days and I've only been to two other concerts this year - one at Celtic Connections - whatchamacall them again - those guys with the African lutes? That's the ones. And the Mighty Metallica last week, but David Byrne is the concert of the year so far. With the odd Talking Heads song thrown into the mix, like 'Once in a Lifetime' and 'Take me to the River', it was a great foot-tapping, grin-inducing mixture of percussi... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Wednesday, 01 April 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
The Hugo Awards. THE awards in science fiction have been announced.Check out the Anticipation website - that's the name of this year's World Science Fiction Convention where the awards are presented. There's also some links to downloadable copies of some of the stories, and you can even download Cory Doctorow's short-listed novel 'Little Brother'.Fo... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Monday, 30 March 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
The Read Raw lot hit Lochwinnoch on Friday night (and Saturday night as well, but without me) for the launch of Betty McKellar's 'Murmurations'. Betty's an old friend, and a lot of her poetry comes from the surrounding areas of Lochwinnoch and Murshiel Park. Not for nothing is she known as 'The Bard of Lochwinnoch'. She's had several collections out - in fact, I edited one called ... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Monday, 30 March 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
And this is the playlist from their set in Birmingham last night - tasteeee!http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/metallica/2009/lg-arena-birmingham-united-kingdom-5bd6c3f4.htmlandand... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Thursday, 26 March 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Actually, I don't know, but the line-up is filling out. There's just been another announcement ofandeight more bands, namely:Lawnmower DethOpethMeshuggahDir En GreyFive Finger Death PunchSteadiurLoadedYoumeatsixSo looking forward to some prog rock/jazz fusuion with werewolf singing thrown in at Opeth. Never heard of the rest of them, but some of the Download gang are gettingandvery excited at the prospect of Lawnmower Deth.Cowboy D... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Tuesday, 24 March 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Anyone who knows me will know that my body is a temple - of doom! But whenever I get the chance I try and bag a slot when the Braveheart nurses are about to get my cholesterol, and blood sugar and the like checked out, so I jumped at the chance a few weeks ago when I was in Edinburgh at a Healthy Working Lives conference to have myself looked over. Cholesterol was fine (tribute to my healthy eating regime), blood sugar was fine, but blood pressure. Uh, oh. Bit high, so the nurse took it again. E... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Tuesday, 24 March 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
'Absu' by Absu is the only album (I think)andto get five Ks, or KKKKK in Kerrang's album reviews this year.Absu are three guys called Proscriptor, Aethyris and Zawicizuz, although they were helped by former band members Vastator Terrarum and Shaftiel, and a whole host of other people with strange names (and even stranger names in parenthesis afterwards).Catch these nifty song titles: 'Between the Absu ... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Wednesday, 18 March 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
The story being crittered at last night's GSFWC was Mark Harding's 'The Issuance of One Hundred and Thirty Six'. A steampunk tale of dark deeds in Edinburgh's old town in 1840, with smatterings of the 'sack'em up boys' and maybe a nod to Viktor Frankenstein, as Lord Drumraish was visited by an old experiment. Great stuff. Like Mark, I like Steampunk, particularly the additions to this sub-genre by the likes of Tim Power and James Blaylock, and of course, Messrs Gibson and Sterling. Here's to mor... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Wednesday, 11 March 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Mo Blake was the poet-in-chief last week at Sammy Dow's in Glasgow, so naturally the Read Raw bunch and some of her friends went along to lend morale support, and keep the getaway car running just in case. No need, of course,she went down a storm and yours truly, and Mr. Purcell also read as well. I kept it to four poems, all fairly light stuff. Keep them laughing is my motto, it spoils their aim. Then on Saturdayandat Ajay Close's invitatio... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Monday, 09 March 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I got an HMV voucher for Bishop of Terni day (the 14th of February, as you know), and I was in Stirling yesterday - an old-stomping ground of mine, so I blew the voucher in the local HMV and got two DVDs - 'Son of Dracula'andandand 'Frankenstein meets the Wolfman'andand filled in some gaps in my ... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Friday, 20 February 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Back in the day we were blessed. Three outstanding tennis players with three different styles of playing and three very different personalities. Bjorn Borg was the baseliner, the 'machine' according to Tennis World. Jimmy Connors was the all-court player, an 'animal' they said, and John McEnroe was the 'artist', a sublime serve and volleyer.I was a huge Jimmy Connors fan, with the Brooks shoes and the Wilson T2000 racket, but too blinkered to realise that John McEnroe was the greatest ... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Monday, 16 February 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Heard on Rock Radio that Steve Hackett turned 59 the other day. I think I've got his first five solo albums and saw him a few times in concert in those days, and for a while his song 'Spectral Mornings' seemed to be the BBC 2 theme song. I'd certainly recommend 'Voyage of the Acolyte', 'Please Don't Touch' (with a stellar guest list), and 'Spectral Mornings', and any of the Genesis... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Saturday, 14 February 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Caught some of the BAFTAs the other night there, and noticed no Dickie Attenborough on at the end to present the Fellowship Award, or whatever it's called to Terry Gilliam (and there was a slightly surreal, replay/loop thing going on with the showing of clips from his movies - intentional, or what?). But pleased to see Noel Clarke winning the BAFTA Orange Rising Star Award - which actually looks like some weird orange ice-lolly head sculpture. While the award went to him for his writing and dire... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Wednesday, 11 February 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Ifandyou check out this month's 'From the Vaults', you'll see that the February entry is a prose/poem/thing called 'The Only Ones that Matter', which appeared in the late-lamented 'Here and Now' magazine, a magazine that took a lot of stories from me before folding - not my fault, honest!and I was inspired byandreading a library book about holidays and festivals, and once the story of Valentine, the Bishop of Terni, was inside my head, it refused to let go. I like it, I hope you do too, and I'm ... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Friday, 06 February 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I used to play tennis - a lot. For about fifteen years I played all the time. Team matches, in competitions, in tournaments, I even used to coach. I thought if I dropped dead on a tennis court thenandI would die happy, and in all that time I don't think I had a single injury.But now I have tennis elbow. Lifting things, like a full kettle, hurts. Straightening my arm hurts. Typing at a computer really hurts.'You've been watching too much tennis,' the doctor told me, but real r... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Wednesday, 04 February 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Ahem, so much for regularly blogging, but at least I finally got January's 'The Now' posted, after a fashion, problem is that it's already February.Caught the SF Circle last Tuesday where we 'crittered' Rich's novel. Good night, two new members and some fine craic in the pub afterwards.Friday, we were in Edinburgh for Teddy Thomson at The Queen's Hall, one of my favourite venues over the years. I've seen Candy Dufler there (twice), the Modern Jazz Quartet, Ornette Coleman, De... Read more...
By: Ian Hunter On Monday, 02 February 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
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