Notes from the Margins #35

12 10 2016


Firstly, LINGO is Ireland’s most amazing spoken word festival.




I’m appearing at the Festival Klub event in The Cobalt Cafe on Saturday 22nd October with some of my favourite people (Vickey Curtis! Ailish Kerr! Alicia Byrne Keane! BeRn!). And it’s totally FREE.

It’s going to be MEGA. Here’s the full blurb for it:


The piece I’m going to be performing is from a while back, a play-in-verse Blue Boy. There’s a page on the blog here about its initial run of performances in 2013/2014.

In even more amazing (and weirdly directly related news), five days after what’s probably going to be the last performance of Blue Boy ever, it’s getting published in Assaracus: A Journal of Gay Poetry #24, published by Sibling Rivalry Press!


You can order it direct from the publisher here, or it’s available on Amazon here, and The Book Depository eventually (not there yet).

And my last bit of news, my poem ‘Blackbird’ is going to be published in an academic journal, Studies in Arts and Humanties, in Volume 2, Issue 2, which will be out in December. You can view the journal here.



Notes from the Margins #34

22 05 2016


FIRSTLY, two reviews for Threesome: Him, Him and Me, in which my story, Fancy Dress, as Chris Colby, gets some nice praise.

Review one, from Love Bytes Reviews
“Fancy Dress is the story of three college flat mates who have vaguely referenced attractions to each other, and which remain unacknowledged until one Halloween night…

Ok, and well there isn’t really much more that can be said about this story. It’s pretty much one big smutty sex scene that sees all three roomies get off in the kitchen. I tend to like more story than smut, so kudos to the author for making me love it. I can only assume that it was the author’s skill that carried it off, but to be honest I was too wrapped up in reading the lascivious on page action to pay that much attention to the writing!”

Review two, from Rainbow Gold Reviews
Fancy Dress – Chris Colby – College campus during Halloween. Three roommates, all very different. The narrator, at first, thinks they are all straight. Then he overhears a phone conversation of one of them, and finds out at least one isn’t. But, he has a tendency to say and/or think the wrong thing at all times. Until he dresses up in drag for Halloween. On a dare. Becoming a catalyst. And then everything seems to go right for him:) I enjoyed this one.

SECONDLY, two interviews,
First one is Nathan Burgoine interviewing me on his Sunday Shorts series as Chris Colby about Threesome and other stuff. 
Second one is me as Mark Ward for Matt Bright’s new Queer Lit Q+A series. 

THIRDLY, I shall be on Sunday Shorts as Mark Ward and on the Queer Lit Q+A’s as Chris Colby soon too (yes, I know, it’s a little confusing, but essentially: four interviews with me)

FOURTHLY, work is going apace on the first Chris Colby novel, which currently has the working title of Under Surveillance. It’s planned to be the first of a series of books. I’m about fourteen chapters into it at the moment.

FIFTHLY, I have been sending work out to beat the band, and hopefully I should be hearing back en masse soon. I’ve also been sending out How to Live When Life Subtracts a bit more, so hopefully that will get picked up!

Notes from the Margins #33

1 04 2016

My poem, Yggdrasil, is featured in the anthology below!
There’s more information about it (and how to purchase) here. You can also purchase it through Amazon but please consider buying it direct from the press. Thanks!



Notes from the Margins #32

17 03 2016

And another bit of news, that just happened right now!

My poem, Gown, has been published on HIV Here + Now! Go read 😀

Notes from the Margins #31

17 03 2016

Apologies for the radio silence – life got in the way!

First things first, two anthologies I’m in are out. Here’s a picture of me with both:
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The Myriad Carnival features my poem Armature as well as heaps of stories from such luminaries as Raymond Luczak, Paul Magrs and Evan J Peterson. More info/you can purchase here. Here’s a sneak peek of my poem:


Also out now is Threesome which features the FIRST EVER PUBLICATION from my romance/erotica pseudonym, Chris Colby, with the short story Fancy Dress. I’ve read about 80% so far and its a fantastic collection, one that received a STARRED REVIEW from Publisher’s Weekly (!) More info about the book/how to purchase. Here;s a sneak peek from the story. 


Also, for the month of March, to celebrate their 15th anniversary, all Lethe Press ebooks are $1.50 including both of these and all new releases! You’d be mad not to purchase lots while you can (I may have bought like 12 books myself…)

In other news, one of my favourite poems of mine, Night Sweats, was reprinted at The Good Men Project. You can read it here. Thanks to Charlie Bondhus for having me!

Finally, I’m lucky enough to be part of another anthology, coming out next month from Beautiful Dreamer Press, where you can also order it, called Not Just Another Pretty Face in which Twenty-three photos of male go-go dancers become the basis for stories, poems, essays, and drama by twenty-seven authors. It features my poem Yggdrasil. Thanks for having me Louis Flint Ceci! To keep up with updates about it, and read some sneak peeks from it, you can have a look at the book’s Facebook page.

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That’s all my news for now!

Notes from the Margins #30

6 11 2015

So, two bits of good news.

My poem, Yggdrasil, has been selected for inclusion in the anthology, Not Just Another Pretty Face which “pairs photographs of male go-go dancers with works based specifically on the photos” featuring photos by Tom Schmidt, and edited by Louis Flint Ceci, published by Beatiful Dreamer Press. It should be out in Spring 2016 and I’m really happy with the poem!

Also, another favourite of mine, The New World, which earlier this year was selected as one of ten winners in Sibling Rivalry Press + HBO’s Looking competiton has been accepted for NewTown Writers yearly publication, Off The Rocks, which I’m delighted about, especially given the theme Taking Pride in the Past (“The New World” is set in 1945).

Anyway, that’s all my news for now. As always, I’m rewriting things, tinkering with other things.

Notes from the Margins #29

17 10 2015

So, I can be a bit rubbish for going to things, and lately I’ve been making myself go to more spoken word things and to compete in slams. I can sometimes find slams quite intimidating, and occasionally frustrating – I feel sometimes that I’m never sure what they’re looking for, but of course, it’s all relative and subjective.

Anyway, last night I took part in the FRESH Poetry Slam. Normally, I perform, get knocked out in the first round and watch the rest of the show – last night, I WON! I still can’t quite believe it! I was dancing at the bus stop on the way home and I looked quite the lunatic.

I’ve no pictures from last night (as yet, there was someone with a camera) so here’s a general pic of the lovely venue.