International Writer's Magazine: Our Tenth Year -
November 2009 Welcome
Impressions of Senegal
could prepare in advance for my arrival to Leopold Serigne Senghor
airport in Senegal, West Africa.
Where's That Smell?
"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single sniff"
- not exactly the Lao Tzu quote that made the philosopher famous,
but its close enough.
Kodai Hill Country Holiday
Marianne de Nazareth
With an audible plop a large yellow leaf fell off the African Tulip
tree just outside our balcony window, while I sat sipping my coffee.
Around in Jamaica
I felt the cool, salty water soaking my pant legs and the level
was rising rapidly. Soon it would be up to my waist, there was nothing
I could do about it
You are a Rainbow
J. D. Riso
Kwajalein. Ailinglaplap. Jaluit. Bikini. Their names dance across
my mind like an ancient incantation.
needed a change. The daily grind of monotony was eroding away my
desire to get up in the morning, never mind in time for work.
The Mongol Rally
On the 18th July I and my teammate Freya Liiv left Goodwood in a bid to drive nearly 10,000 miles to the capital of Mongolia.
|Collectivism on Parade
Forget National Health Care and bailouts or Cap & TRade laws sending us into a tyrannical existence. We're already there suckers
and Nothing But
girlfriend, gave me a queen size piece of her mind on the way
out the door. "Youre never going to get a job with
all the vituperative invective you spew on the Internet, you
are very few movies or documentaries that show just how severe
life is for civilians in Burma.
They ran the old sci-fi movie 2001, A Space Odyssey
on one of the TV channels the other night.
Healthcare Pledge for Conservatives
Larry S. Rolirad
As a Conservative who DOES NOT have Health Insurance: I
do hereby pledge to refuse all health care paid for by the government...
Welcome to the Fall Edition
a new car
are many "life experiences" that are rather unpleasant
and that most people try hard to avoid
in Africa, Mother Knows Best
"Well stop here", whispered our driver, Meiza. Here,
being the side of a dirt road late one afternoon while returning
to camp from an afternoon game drive on the Serengeti.
- Desperate Times
flies like its invisible. You cant catch it,
save it, or see it, not until its behind you. But at least
you can remember it, cherish it and hopefully learn from it.
Time was a shambolic pantomime; an ugly facade of political debate
that exposed the BBC as a leftist snake pit
we pin point what it is to be cool? What is it that makes something
in and another, which may be quite similar, out?
Cheese making in
Marianne De Nazareth
Looking out of the large French windows in Acres Wild, I woke
up to an unusual phenomenon for a city dweller - big fluffy clouds
had enveloped the house in a complete embrace.
Fear and Loathing at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival - Adam Graupe
We were about 25 minutes north of the Twin Cities when my doctor and I pulled the rented Dodge Charger into the drive thru of the Forest Lake Starbucks. I ordered “two Venti non-fat lattes with a dozen chasers.
Together, Eyes Apart
I am supposed to be seeing this as a celebration. Why does it
feel so much like a betrayal?
The Dangers of Daydreaming
The day I chopped my sisters finger off, I learned the harsh
consequence of not paying attention.
A Natural Selection
"What now?" Matt griped. Theyd barely moved at all
in the last hour. All he wanted to do was go down and watch Sponge
'A few more steps and Im in, he thought. Cautiously,
he dragged his feet along a cement ledge three stories above a busy
street in Havana.
"Run!" yelled my little sister.
I couldn't move. I was petrified. Rooted to the spot. My skinny
legs felt as heavy as the grey, graffiti covered concrete tunnels
Right at Souldrop
Jeremy slammed on his breaks as he approached the disused petrol
station that stood by the side of the road on the left, narrowly
avoiding the crawling car in front
The Bathroom Tried To Swallow
Me Whole - Christopher Williams
Fifteen Coventry Road, Ilford is a large detached Victorian
town house about half a mile from Valentines Park and was for many
years my paternal grandparents home
Castle: August 1957
It was a cold day in Hell. The crack as her head hit the rocks 20
feet below seemed uncannily loud to the boy.
Life for a Life
Barbara Jane Mackie
You are staring into the eyes of a Murderer and that Murderer is
staring back at you.
It was with great reluctance that I accepted the role of the Archangel
Gabriel in the school play all those years ago.
Cheeky, dimpled smile, chubby cheeks, head slanted in a lovable
and affectionate pose. It looks faded and grainy; but its
my favorite photo of her.
Off the Lights of Pokrovka
The lights from the cafe, behind the shimmering, humming glass,
dazzled his eyes. It was 6 p.m. on a slushy Moscow Tuesday in March
and Sveta was looking through the front door.
My Carbonated head fizzes and spits, giving a nauseating effect. It has begun
| Acts of Violence
by Ryan David Jahn
Gill Haigh review
Acts of Violence is set in a ‘cesspool of a city’ somewhere in America in 1964. Kat Marino has just finished her shift as the night manager of a sports bar. In a clipped, cinematic style Ryan Jahn leads us through every harrowing detail of the next two hours of Kat’s life
- Directed by Shane Acker
Sam North review
If someone is in charge of marketing 9 in the UK they should
be taken out and shot. This is simply the most amazing, wonderful,
visually stunning and thrilling movie of the year...
Man From Pomegranate Street
by Caroline Lawrence
Reviewed by Thomas Morley
It is clear that Lawrence is a scholar and, more importantly,
she is passionate about the subject of Ancient Rome and about teaching
it to children.
Elephants Tale By Lauren St John
Reviewed by Callum Graham
Martine arrives home from a ride on her white giraffe Jemmy
to discover a stranger at the Sawubona game reserve.
Qi doesn't fall in to the category of a social or political satire,
or even a topical quiz show, instead it relies solely on the intelligence
and rapport of three guests
Pursuit of Elegance
by Matthew E. May,
Charles Dickinson review
Matthew May has taken on the task of unpacking what makes for
elegance (Why is that enigmatic smile of Mona Lisa so beguiling?).
But of course, elegance is far more than the arts.
At the New Theatre Royal
Director: Andrew Lawson
Nina Aumaitre at the New Theatre Royal
This is the true story of three women, incarcerated for life
in a Midlands asylum during the 1940s
Du Freak by Darren Shan
Harper Collins 2000
like Darren Shan, the little boy at the heart of this story [aswell
as its narrator] who, through a series of unfortunate accidents
finds himself an unwilling vampire's apprentice, I was simply the
victim of fate.
Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Nina Aumaitre Review
This is a book about how it is so easy to misunderstand others,
or to miss calculate how much of an impact we can have on them
Silence by Shusaku Endo
This is my first experience reading Shusaku Endo, and given his lofty reputation and the fact that he is non-American and thus has not had his mind chiseled by cookie-cutter MFA programs...
Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Gripping adventure of madness and escape
Silver Blade by Sally Gardner
Nina Aumaitre review
France 1793, blood is running in rivulets down the streets as
heads fall severed from bodies like petals of sickle roses
by Marcus Sedgwick
Sam North & Karen Hall reviews
Revolver is an intensely atmospheric novel in a frozen landscape
and this a desperate situation that keeps you gripped to the last
murderous moment. Highly recommended
The Jeremy Kyle Show
Jeremy Kyle is the undisputed King of morning television and
reigns supreme over his dominion with a well rehearsed confidence
Gareth M Bryant
The hit US comedy is back for its final (or at least Zach
Braffs final) fling, but does season 8 compare to the brilliance
that is seasons 1-7?
Cloughs War by Don
by Daniel Cann
What is really a small town affair is turned into something
akin to a detective thriller as both sides plot and manipulate
against each other trying to dictate events.
The Fury and The Reunion by Lisa J. Smith
Richard Crawley review
Human beings do not like to be afraid.
We have an innate need to conquer our fears
Emil and the Detectives
Dramatisation by Katie Hims of the detective novel by Erich Kaestner.
by Jessica Dromgoole.
Mia Palmer review
In this delightful play we follow country boy Emil Tischbein,
as he journeys up from Neustadt to Berlin in Germany for the first
The Girl with the Dragon
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is Larsson's social portrait
of a corrupt, modern Sweden. He uses the unconventional characters
of the novel to explore this using the themes of abuse, control
A Silly Gigolo, by Sheena
McKay, the 3rd in a group of short stories
entitled, A Glimpse of Stocking.
Radio 4 - 22nd October 2009
The History of Nylons!
The Deal by Rob Kingsman
RADIO 4: 20th October 2009
This was a hugely enjoyable radio drama that brightened a dull,
boring Tuesday afternoon
Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
by John Boyne
Nick Prescott Review
Set during World War II, John Boynes The Boy in the Striped
Pyjamas sets out to describe the horrors of war and the holocaust
through the innocent eyes of a child.
Dont You Want Me? by India Knight
Review by Daisy Seely
India Knight is a great 'chiock-lit' writer of our time
by Sam North
'Grandma Swivelhead, fortune tellers
and bodies in the Thames, a boy's induction to a ghostworld'
*Available as print or download
'An engaging, unusual and completely engrossing read' -
Beverly Birch- author of 'Rift' from Egmont Books
fleas have little fleas upon their backs to bite 'em and little fleas have lesser fleas ...ad infinitum - Augustus de Morgan
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