Barry Graham the Scrivener

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The latest books from Dockyard Press are published, and they’re all very different from one another, even though two are by the same author...

There’s Belfast author Gerard Brennan’s second Shannon McNulty crime novel, Drag. And there’s a reissue of his first novel, Fireproof, a unique hybrid of urban fantasy and crime thriller.

And there’s Poetry: Not Optional, a meditative memoir in verse by American poet and mystic Lisa MoonCat, charting her journey from childhood to adulthood and beyond.

The ebooks are available direct from Dockyard Press and all the usual outlets except for Amazon, and the paperbacks from all good bookshops… and the bad one, Amazon, because we can’t stop them. Please don’t buy them there.

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Bob Dylan

“Ain’t it just like the night to play tricks when you’re trying to be so quiet?

We sit here stranded, though we’re all doing our best to deny it”

—Bob Dylan

“A strange young man called Dylan with a voice like sand and glue”

—David Bowie

For a few weeks in the summer of 1988, in a bedsit on Woodlands Road, Glasgow, I spent my nights hacking at a manual typewriter, writing a horror novel, which would be published by Bloomsbury the following year. While writing, I listened to one album on repeat: Desire by Bob Dylan. One song in particular, “Isis,” affected me profoundly with its line, “I came to a high place of darkness and light,” so much so that I used the last four words of it for the book’s title.

I was 22, and had been under Dylan’s spell for about three years. That spell has still not been broken. I’m one of many writers who applauded when he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, and I can’t imagine my poetic or intellectual landscapes without him. There’s nothing I can say about him that hasn’t been said already, and better, by others, so today, on his 80th birthday, I’ll just say I’m grateful.

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The latest on the Dockyard Press Harbourmaster’s Loug is this poem by Bobby Carlson.

And I have a new one on Buddhistdoor Teahouse.

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winter morning — daylight arrives without a story

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My publisher, Dockyard Press, has a blog called The Harbourmaster's Loug, which, since starting in November, has published work by an impressive variety of writers. From me there's an essay about why I left America and returned to Glasgow after 22 years, a short story updating William Hope Hodgson's Carnacki the Ghost-Finder to contemporary Scotland, and a poem.

There's fiction and poetry by Bart Lessard, Tony Black, daishin stephenson, Lisa Mooncat Stormler, Babs Nicgriogair and Tracy Taggart. There's Scottish political commentary by Xeno Albannach... and something that defies category by Johnny Shaw.

The Harbourmaster's Loug usually publishes twice a week, so I recommend subscribing to its RSS feed.

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