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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.” 😊 😊 😊


Rik V

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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!!





Rik V

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Enjoy the Silence in The Weird Reader for 4’33” on Page 48

I am pleased to announce that you can

Read my scary story entitled,

Enjoy The Silence,


Above:  Shearing Forse by Nastassia Shumlina

in The Weird Reader,


A lit mag based all the way over in Logan, Utah, in the U S of A.

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It’s buried 🙂 somewhere near Page 48.

Stab the following link and hey presto


If you dare.

Not suitable for scaredey cats 🙂 🙂 🙂

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Rik V

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The Elastic Wedding Band Now Available to Read on Cold Coffee Stand!

I am pleased to announce that a story of mine


The Elastic Wedding Band

is now available to read on Westport’s Cold Coffee Stand

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Just Clickety-click the following link –





Rik V

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We’ll Probably Make Good Pets – now available to read in Mo and Po-Mo Journal Silver Streams!

Silver Streams

I am pleased to announce that I have a fiction published

in issue 2 of

Silver Streams 

A Journal of Modern and Post-Modern Literature and Art!

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Click on the below link

and hey presto!


Are you gonna be the doggie in the window?

Read my fiction and find out.

It’s only a matter of time.


No way out.

No way out.

No way out.

No way out.

No way out.

No way out.

Arre you gonna bark all day little doggie or are you gonna bite?

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Rik V

BWG: The Ballyfermot Tea Party – Tea in the Sahara – with you!

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After the recent successful workshop with writer / actor/ artist extraordinaire Una Kavanagh,

at our next session Dublin City Council’s Culture Connects Initiative team will be hosting

a Tea and Chats Session with our writing group

to discuss culture in the community.

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Tea, coffee, biscuits and all things culturally edible will be available on the night.

Beckett Biscuits?  Check.

Joyce Jelly Babies?  Check.

Dostoevsky Donuts?  Check.

Bolano Brie Balls?  Check.

Shakespeare Strudel? Check.

Chaucer Chips? Check.

Check. Check and check again.

We’ve got them all.


Be there or be square.


Ballyfermot Writers Group (adults)

Meets every second Wednesday in Ballyfermot Library.

From 6.30 p.m. – 7.45 p.m.

New members welcome. From beginners to advanced.

Date of next meeting:

Wednesday 5th July 2017

How it Works:

Unholster your pencil and write creatively on the spot to a bespoke, tinselled prompt given out on the night. Then read what you’ve written to the group for lavish praise, iridescent bouquets and international awards  🙂  Or bring prepared writing along and read that if you wish. The choice is yours.

For more details contact: eric.earwig@yahoo.com or ballyfermotlibrary@dublincity.ie

Or just turn up on the night with your own pencil!


Tea in the Sahara
My sisters and I
Have this wish before we die
And it may sound strange
As if our minds are deranged
Please don’t ask us why
Beneath the sheltering sky
We have this strange obsession
You have the means in your possession
We want our tea in the Sahara with you
We want our tea in the Sahara with you
The young man agreed
He would satisfy their need
So they danced for his pleasure
With a joy you could not measure
They would wait for him here
The same place every year
Beneath the sheltering sky
Across the desert he would fly
Tea in the Sahara with you
Tea in

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Rik V