This could be your last opportunity to hear my silky Norn Iron accent via the wonder of the worldwide web. I'm pretty sure that the BBC's Listen Again links only last for seven days. So, to hear what I have to say about post-Troubles crime fiction, go here, then hit the Listen Again link in the top right corner (the crime bit starts just about 15 minutes in).
Also, on the topic of radio, check Colin Bateman's blog for a tiny bit of info on a radio drama he's working on (entry dated 10/07/08).
And Adrian McKinty is blogging again. This time about the new book, Fifty Grand. He's also posted a link to a very interesting article about his time in Cuba.
So that's two established Northern Irish crime fiction writers happily blogging away. Newcomer, Stuart Neville is also posting about his writing experiences at randomish intervals. But what about the rest of you lads? Okay, so Mr McGilloway posts on the Macmillan New Writers blog from time to time, and has been known to guest blog at Crime Always Pays (as has McKinty and Millar), but what of Bailie, Downey, Johnson et al? Are they not going to get in on this time bandit?
Your public awaits, lads. Get blogging.
But as Spiderman said "with great power comes great responsibility." A blog is a dangerous thing. Its your chance to slag off any eejit that gets on your nerves or spout off any random theory from the top of your head. Ooh you think I'll link to that "scientist" who says that chocolate and cigs are good for you, when really you shouldnt. And besides, man, we should be fighting the system in the streets, not on our computers... Oh dear, that's the wrong thing to say on, er, July 11. (Only if you're from N. Ireland will you understand what I mean.)
Adrian - "fighting the system on the streets" Hah!
But marching season references aside, that'd be a grand sight, wouldn't it? An army of disgruntled writers on horseback, wielding medievel weaponry and lobbing bricks wrapped in newspaper clippings of unfavourable (possibly Irish Times) reviews through office windows.
I bagsy the claymore.
Scoff if you must but let me tell you my friend I used to go to Coventry City away games in the late '80s. It was always fun trying to get out of Sheffield after the sky blues had wiped their eyes. I miss those days. Years of watching baseball and now Aussie Rules with families and their kids has made me slower and fatter but the old gleam still comes into my eye whenever I see a police horse wearing bullet proof eye goggles...Er, what has that to do with anything you've been talking about? Uh, not much, sorry.
Adrian - Relevant or not, I just got an insight into the mind that forged the uber-violent Michael Forsythe...
Thanks for that.
Brian also accepted an invitation to guest blog on It's A Crime! when Gallows Lane came out. But I think you'll have to let him off on the blogging bit for a while, at least. I heard child no. 3 was on the way? And there's the day job. If he's short on time, I'd rather him be writing another novel than blogging. Well that's my 15 secs of sounding like a dictator over!
Of course! Pardon my oversight. I actually remember reading that post. And anyone else who wants to, here it is.
And he has a third little 'un on the way? Well, now. I did not know that.
Happy Glorious Twelfth, Gerard ... Cheers, Dec
Dec - Oh, you're a rascal...
Quite a Web site BBC Ulster has there. I click on the "Book Programme" link, and do I get the "Book Programme"? Nah. I heard some chat about music though. Sorry I have apparently missed your discussion.
Detectives Beyond Borders
"Because Murder Is More Fun Away From Home"
Peter - Aye, they only keep the listen again links active for seven days for some reason. And I couldn't figure out how to save it to my own computer. But sure, maybe there'll be others.
Thanks for trying.
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