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My Poem Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner? To Be Published in Boyne Berries 24


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I’ve stopped submitting to places for a long time now but last year I wrote a poem to “welcome” Donald Trump to Ireland entitled, Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner?, and the great, great guys at Boyne Berries are publishing it in Boyne Berries 24 this coming October. It’s probably the best poem ever published in any publication anywhere in this country. Ever. Past. Present or future. Ever. Such great guys though. Really. Truly. Great, great guys they are down in Trim. Great cover too. Click the below link for more great details of this great, great event.

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Pete Burns’ Left Testicle and Other Alternatives – now available to read on Litro.co.uk!

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

called Memory Songs by James Cook is now available to read on Litro.co.uk

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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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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“Arseways by Camillus John” written by Camillus John now available to read on The Scum Gentry alternative arts forum

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Above: Reggae Fairy (2016)

Hey Presto link to the Scum Gentry!!!

Some people have really shitty Christmases and a long, long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, so did I.  In light of this tinsel-less fact, here’s a metaficion of mine in which I stick three heads up my own fictional arse. Contains a seasonal sprinkling of sprouts.

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As Shakin’ Stevens would say – ‘Merry Christmas – everyone.’


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Triptych Now Available to Read in Lifeblood – Anthology of shortlisted stories in ITT’s Short Story Competition 2017!

My story entitled


(which is dedicated to Vincent Browne on his recent retirement)

is available to read at the following link

Hey Presto!!





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Who’s Afraid of Coddle? and Type 2 Amber Brains now available to read in Dublin in The Coming Times book!

Dublin in the Coming times

Two of my flash fictions are available to read in the book

Dublin in the Coming Times

Featuring stories from many library groups and other organisations

throughout Dublin City.

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Above: Illustration by Louise Damiano for my flash fiction Type 2 Amber Brains

Dublin in the Coming times is available to borrow from all branches of Dublin City Public Libraries.


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