Pete Burns’ Left Testicle and Other Alternatives – now available to read on!

I’m pleased to announce that my review of a new book

called Memory Songs by James Cook is now available to read on

in that there London

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Whatever you do

don’t get your knickers in a twist.

Pete Burns




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Ballyer Goes International – Again!

Up there with Ruby Wax ! (whatever that means)

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Don’t bring any sausages. Ballyer goes international – for the second year in a row!!! Vroom vroom vroom!

Link to the International Literature Festival 2018

This thus establishes Ballyfermot as Ireland’s premier centre for conceptual art and post-punk modernism. Vroom vroom vroom!

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Turning up on the night will be Declan O’Rourke, Jimmy Murphy and Joe Duffy – so far! Vroom vroom vroom!  Book your tickets now before there’s no more vroom vroom VROOM!


During last year’s festival we sent a fictional hug to Manchester via Will Self via Morrissey, yes, that’s right we hugged an entire city. Vroom vroom vroom!


This year, be afraid, be very afraid. WTF? Grow a pair, turn up on the night and find out for yourself. Vroom vroom vroom! And remember – don’t bring any sausages.  Don’t say you weren’t warned. Vroom vroom vroom!

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And don’t forget our fabulous theme tune by

Daveyinthevalley entitled

This Town’s Life

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The Rise and Fall of Cinderella’s Left Testicle now available to read in The Cabinet of Heed!


Click here to read my flash fiction

Ah, my favourite band from early 90s Dublin. Would you believe, I actually played with Cinderella’s Left Testicle once when their drummer couldn’t make a gig in the Lower County Bar, because she had to collect her Nobel Prize for literature on that Saturday in Oslo. But, OMG, what a Saturday it turned out to be.  Great gig. I still have the drumsticks I used on the night…

Thank you Cabinet of Heed for handling my left testicle with such TLC! I’m scarlet. 😊 😊 😊 😊


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Ballyer is 70! Book Coming! Stop the lights! The Flying Superhero Clothes Horse 2018!


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To celebrate and mark Ballyer’s 70th birthday, Ballyfermot Writers’ Group (their pen name being; The Flying Superhero Clothes Horse), have been working diligently away for the past six months on a book of songs, stories, poetry, art and flying superhero clothes horses. Our love letter to Ballyer.

The book cover & logo was designed by a Ballyfermot artist who goes by the name of Portraits and Stuff (

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Amazingly, we’ve managed the get six Ballyer legends to contribute new writing to our book; Finbar Furey (folk superstar), Joe Duffy (RTE broadcaster), Declan O’Rourke (singer/songwriter), Neville Thompson (best-selling novelist), Jimmy Murphy (Oscar nominated playwright) and Ken Larkin (writer and organiser of Ballyfermot’s Heritage Group). It also includes new writing from writer and comedian, Kevin Gildea, and lots of work from the members of Ballyfermot Writers’ Group.

We’re launching the book in Ballyfermot library on 23rd May 2018 from 6 pm where people will be able to pick up a copy.  All profits to The Simon Community.

What the hell is The Flying Superhero Clothes Horse? It was felt that the only thing that could ever hope to represent Ballyer in one image was a horse. So meet Howie B, on the cover, the horsetrepreneur; the flying superhero clothes horse himself. And the bent out of shape clothes hanger on his head? Well, that’s supposed to represent Ballyer’s ever burgeoning creativity. 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Take it away Declan – Woncha?


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Emancipate the Dissonance by Arnold Schoenberg written by Camillus John available now to read on Headstuff!

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To read this story please click me!

Sam Beckett

Bring the Noise

Emancipate The Dissonance

From Wikipedia:

“Composers such as Charles IvesDane RudhyarDuke Ellington, and Lou Harrison connected the emancipation of the dissonance with the emancipation of society and humanity. Michael Broyles calls Ives tone-cluster-rich song “Majority” as “an incantation, a mystical statement of belief in the masses or the people” (Broyles 1996, 125). Duke Ellington, after playing some of his pieces for a journalist, said, “That’s the Negro’s life … Hear that chord! Dissonance is our way of life in America. We are something apart, yet an integral part” (Ellington 1963, 150). Lou Harrison described Carl Ruggles‘s counterpoint as “a community of singing lines, living a life of its own, . . . careful not to get ahead or behind in its rhythmic cooperation with the others” (Harrison 1946, 8). Rudhyar gave the subtitle “A New Principle of Musical and Social Organization” to his book Dissonant Harmony, writing, “Dissonant music is thus the music of true and spiritual Democracy; the music of universal brotherhoods; music of Free Souls, not of personalities. It abolishes tonalities, exactly as the real Buddhistic Reformation abolished castes into the Brotherhood of Monks; for Buddhism is nothing but spiritual Democracy” (Rudhyar 1928, 10–11).”

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Rare Sounds at the Irish Writers’ Centre!

I’m performing at this cool event next month. Rare Sounds.

Part of the Five Lamps Arts Festival. A collaboration between the Irish Writers Centre, Inkslingers Writers’ Group and the African Cultural Project. Prose and poetry translated into the isiXhosa language, which is an African click language.

If you thought my stuff was weird as it is, wait till you hear it in click! 🙂 🙂 🙂


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Throwing a Sausage Back and Forth for Five Minutes without Letting it Drop

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I have a fiction published in the new issue of Blood Tree Literature, an online Lit Mag based in Santa Fee, New Mexico, USA, entitled, Throwing a Sausage Back and Forth for Five Minutes without Letting it Drop in their experimental / Hybrid Section. Written a while ago now, during my extended ‘coddle’ period. 😊

Click here for the story!

Inspired by a work by conceptual artist, John Baldessari, from 1972/73, entitled, Trying to Photograph a Ball So that it is in the Centre of the Picture.

“As a result of the goal, laid down in advance, of getting the ball as near to the centre of the picture as possible, Baltessari relieved himself of any further compositional decision and achieved pictures that no longer have anything to do with the problem of ‘that looks good alongside that.’ Like his painting before, his treatment of photography is no longer determined by craft skills or formal innovation, but by the strategic abandonment or deliberate disregard of conventional rules.”

i.e. an extremely pretentious way of justifying a very silly title.  This fiction goes well with Getting it away with it by Electronic. “Enjoy.” 😊 😊 😊


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