A Christmas Carol

Creative writing prompt: A Twist on a Christmas Classic Read More

It is Dark

I thought I would have a go at a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure gimmick, using the infinitely enjoyable Microsoft PowerPoint. I stuck to the most traditional tropes of the genre; dark cave fantasy, brimming with consequence and peril. There is a way out, and the path to failure is littered with clues and advice for an eventual success (and escape!) Read More

UWE ITC – ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore (2009)

Here is the explosive final scene (but you can watch the whole thing from the UWE ITC Vimeo account at https://vimeo.com/user2729874/videos/) – I played Florio, father of the doomed siblings. This is the production featured in another written piece of mine: Simon Garrington Goes to Hospital Read More

Monty on Brainiac

During the summer of 2006 I saw a particularly rubbish snippet of a television show called Brainiac Test Tube Baby in which a child made a funny face for 15 seconds of fame, and thought, “I could do that”. I emailed the show, saying that I could do at least 5 interesting things with my Read More

Good versus Evil in American Professional Wrestling

A university essay I produced for a module on representing the self and representing others. Researching this piece truly opened my eyes to the narrative-driven, entertaining, and deceptively well-planned world of American professional wrestling. Read More

What is Meant by ‘Theme’?

The first hand-in for a 1st-year-undergrad university course on Creative Writing I took in 2009. I couldn’t bring myself to read all of it again, it’s so badly informed (notice the complete lack of critical perspective in my bibliography). I assume that I’d rushed this last minute; choosing instead to dedicate the weeks I had in preparation to partying and playing megadrive. That first line even – eurgh! “EVERY film and play has at least one defining theme”?! What tosh. Past Monty is, and always will be, an imbecile. Well, enjoy…

Read More

The Kenyan Demon Debate

A remote Kikuyu village in Kenya have been in uproar recently over a neighbouring village’s claims that their livestock is possessed by demons with telepathic abilities. This flood of worry has coincided with a new technological initiative in the village, which has seen the installation of a telephone mast, and has provided each adult in Read More

The Paint Mixer’s Son

Hugh Jay was the best in the paint mixing business, and his popularity boomed following the release of his latest series of paint colours. Hugh had created a series of bird-and-nature-themed hues and tones, which included ‘Wren’s Dawn’, ‘Owl’s Moon’, ‘Robin’s Eve’ and ‘Jay’s Sun’, and they were possibly the most successful line he had Read More

Why I Love John Donne

Since the moment that I was told to study “Song” by John Donne, I was in love. “Go and Catch a Falling Star” What a beautiful opening to a poem; go and achieve the impossible, go and attain the unattainable, go and literally catch a heavenly body that has plummeted to earth. A poem lay Read More