Being Beta

Exercises in the higher banter with One of 26. Elsewhere called 'poet of adland'. By a whipple-squeezer. Find out why being beta is the new alpha: betarish at googlemail dot com

Friday, June 27, 2014

Modest proposals, unknown soldiers

Two wee little things that I scribbled are now roaming around the wilds of the internet:

1) A Modest Proposal for a whole new media channel, written in the guise of a slightly unhinged brand manager.

2) As part of the 1418 Now project, a very tongue in cheek letter to the Unknown Soldier at Paddington Station.

Tea and cakes in Berlin!


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Poetry: The creed of Creed

Earlier this year, I was fortunate to be part of Tamar Yoseloff's workshops, run as part of the Hayward Gallery's Martin Creed retrospective What's the point of it?

Suffice to say there were mixed reactions to Creed's work, and this led to some equally interesting poems in response.

You can now read a couple of these, including one by me in response to Work No. 1000 above, over at the Southbank Centre's blog.


Monday, June 16, 2014

Commercial: Lunching an author

You all know that the rather marvellous And Other Stories do rather marvellous things to bring us some of the most interesting literature out there.

They also do lots of rather marvellous things that bring us as readers closer to authors, and publishers too. Yes, I'm biased – I'm a subscriber – but I've partaken of their hospitality, and love the fact that I have a close bond to them as an organisation, as well as having discovered some great books and writers I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have without them.

All of which is a preamble to say that the second of the And Other Stories author supper clubs happens this coming Saturday, except that it'll be a luncheon. The guest this time will be Ivan Vladislavić, and you'll get to chat all things Restless Supermarket and Double Negative, as well quaffing and dining in the company of Stefan, And Other Stories' major domo, and other subscribers too.

More details here, and hopefully I'll see you at the next one.


Thursday, June 12, 2014

Commercial: Puppets Give Bad Advice

From the desk of Uberpup, the latest film. Chortle much you will.

Puppets Give Bad Advice from Ria Dastidar on Vimeo.

Background &c here.


Tuesday, June 10, 2014