Robbie Cheadle Reads Her Poetry from Behind Closed Doors a collection of unusual poems. 

If poetry is for you, then this collection comes with the highest recommendation.

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Please view Robbie Cheadle reading her poem “Do you want it enough” from her book of poetry Behind Closed Doors a collection of unusual poems

I give Robbie Cheadle’s book of poetry Behind Closed Doors a collection of unusual poems my highest recommendation. Robbie Cheadle is an excellent writer of both fiction and poetry, and her work continues to be of the highest quality.

In this collection of poems, Robbie Cheadle deals with a wide variety of issues and uses a variety of forms of poetry, among them Tanka, limericks, and haiku, and she does this with great passion and control of her art. The poetry in her book is powerful, compelling, and evocative.

Several of the poems resonated with me in particular, including “Opportunity”, “Hope”, “Making a splash”, “Perspective”, “Lockdown in poverty”, and “I saw a fish a-swimming”.

Choosing these poems to highlight was difficult, because Robbie’s work…

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Smorgasbord Laughter Lines Extra – September 17th 2021 – Another Open Mic Night with author Daniel Kemp – #Eyesight and Old Rugby Players

Another night filled with laughter at the Smorgasbord Laughter Lines—- Thank you, Sally!

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Author Daniel Kemp entertains us again with his funnies from: Danny Kemp.. Always a place to find funnies and jokes to cheer you up… plus some satirical political commentary on politicians at home and abroad.

Parent’s worst nightmare

A father passing by his son’s bedroom noticed the room unusually clean and saw an envelope propped up prominently on the pillow. It was addressed, ‘Dad’. With the worst premonition, he opened the envelope and read the letter, with trembling hands.

Dear, Dad. It is with great regret and sorrow that I’m writing you. I had to elope with my new girlfriend SENGA from Glasgow because I wanted to avoid a scene with Mum and you.

I’ve been finding real passion with Senga. She is so nice, but I knew you would not approve of her because of all her piercings, tattoos, her tight Motorcycle clothes, and because she is…

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There’s Only One Requirement if You Want to Be A Writer – Stephen King QUOTES FOR WRITERS

If you’re able to persevere past the scars there’s a good chance you’ll find who you are.

BRIDGET WHELAN writer

A little talent is a good thing to have if you want to be a writer. But the only real requirement is the ability to remember every scar.
Stephen King

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Smorgasbord Laughter Lines Extra – September 3rd 2021 – Another Open Mic Night with author Daniel Kemp – Mistaken Identity and Appropriate Names

A collection of humour on the Smorgasbord Laughter Lines Extra

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Author Daniel Kemp entertains us again with his funnies from: Danny Kemp.. Always a place to find funnies and jokes to cheer you up… plus some satirical political commentary on politicians at home and abroad.

Interesting perspective

A teacher was giving her Primary pupils a lesson in developing logical thinking.

‘This is the scene’, said the teacher.

‘A man is standing up in a boat in the middle of a river, fishing. He loses his balance, falls in, and begins splashing and yelling for help.

His wife hears the commotion, knows he can’t swim, and runs down to the bank. Why do you think she ran to the bank?’

Little Johnny raised his hand and said, ‘To draw out all his savings?..
What’s in a Name?

I met a surgeon who named his son Naïf (pronounced Knife). I said what an apt name! Then I came to know…

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BOOKS by James Rebanks,

I found this today written by another writer who I’ve never heard of but then I doubt very much he has heard of me. There is another similarity we share and that’s the love he has for physical books. However, I can only hope that one day I will be as good as he is to express that love.

“When I was a teenager and starting to love books, I was lucky enough to live near a town with a fantastic little indie bookshop. It was called the Bluebell Bookshop and my mum had taken me to it since I was a kid. The folk that owned it were a bit hippy and New Age, and highly suspect to a Cumbrian farmer’s son, but they had amazing taste in books. Someone in the shop used to curate a table with books they thought their readers might like. They had a very clever trick putting books that we probably thought we wanted alongside books they thought we might benefit from reading. It was a quietly radical act that got me reading all sorts of revolutionary books. That bookshop table had a profound impact on me, made me a much wider reader, and eventually helped me become a writer.

Books aren’t just ‘products’ or ‘commodities’ to be bundled onto shelves carelessly, or set out in front of our screen-eyes by algorithms. Books are the result of writers pouring their souls onto the pages, and when it works, and really clicks, those books can change people’s lives. So selling books is one of the most important jobs a human can do, because it is more than commerce. It’s matching people to stories they might need, encouraging people to hear new voices and different ideas, and, through that, playing a little role in changing the world. We still, thankfully, have a few fantastic indies in Cumbria, even though Bluebell Books is now a Costa Coffee, and those indies have helped me to get my books out there into thousands of reader’s hands. I will always be grateful for that. Books should be written, sold and read with love, and when they are there is a kind of magic that lightens up the world a little bit.” James Rebanks, 2021

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Smorgasbord Laughter Lines Extra –August 20th 2021 – Another Open Mic Night with author Daniel Kemp – Misunderstandings and Alibis

Another night on the mike at Sally’s laughter lines

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Author Daniel Kemp entertains us again with his funnies from: Danny Kemp.. Always a place to find funnies and jokes to cheer you up… plus some satirical political commentary on politicians at home and abroad.

Confessional

“Bless me Father, for I have sinned. I have been with a loose girl.”
The priest asks, “Is that you, little Joey Pagano?”
“Yes, Father, it is.”
“And who was the girl you were with?”
“I can’t tell you, Father. I don’t want to ruin her reputation.”
“Well, Joey, I’m sure to find out her name sooner or later so you may as well tell me now. Was it Tina Minetti?”
“I cannot say.”
“Was it Teresa Mazzarelli?”
“I’ll never tell.”
“Was it Nina Capelli?”
“I’m sorry, but I cannot name her.”
“Was it Cathy Piriano?”
“My lips are sealed.”
“Was it Rosa DiAngelo, then?”
“Please, Father! I cannot tell you.”
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Smorgasbord Laughter Lines Extra –August 6th 2021 – Another Open Mic Night with author Daniel Kemp – Doctors and Online shopping

Another Open Mic Night at Smorgasbord Laughter Lines

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Author Daniel Kemp entertains us again with his funnies from: Danny Kemp.. Always a place to find funnies and jokes to cheer you up… plus some satirical political commentary on politicians at home and abroad.

By Royal Appointment

Two Aussie outback chaps, Bluey and Curly, see some jobs advertised by the Queen looking for footmen, to walk along beside her carriage.

Bluey says “Hey, we’d be set for life if we snatched them jobs, eh Curley ?”
So they decided to apply.

They eventually get flown over to London and have a direct interview with Her Majesty.

The Queen says to them “Because my footmen must wear small shoes and long white stockings, I must see your ankles, to be sure they are not swollen or misshapen, as it is very important that they look right.”

After they show her their ankles and she is satisfied that they…

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Something you may not have thought about before – what happens when a self-published writer dies

Very useful information

BRIDGET WHELAN writer

This is an interesting article by Derek Haines, a Cambridge CELTA English teacher and author who has been blogging for years about writing and related issues.

Here he digs into what happens to books and royalties after the death of a self-published author. For traditionally published authors there’s unlikely to be an issue as there’s usually a clause in the original contract which covers the situation. However, things aren’t always so clear for those who have gone down the self-published route – although the eventual outcome should be the same ie: your books form part of your estate.

What struck me is that we can’t take for granted that our non-writing friends and family will be aware that copyright does not die with the writer. It exists for 70 years after the death of the author: 70 years when your books might still be earning money.

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Smorgasbord Laughter Lines Extra – July 23rd 2021 – Another Open Mic Night with author Daniel Kemp – Football and Tech repairs

Another night of frivolity at the Smorgasbord Laughter Lines Extra. Pull up the Bath Chair, find those magnifying glasses and have a smile.

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Author Daniel Kemp entertains us again with his funnies from: Danny Kemp.. Always a place to find funnies and jokes to cheer you up… plus some satirical political commentary on politicians at home and abroad.

And to finish up…

Technical issues

So, Peter finds that his printer is giving faded prints and he takes it to a local repair store dealing in computers and printers.

The friendly assistant at the counter tells Peter that the printer probably only needs to be cleaned.

The counter assistant continues and says, “The store charged £30 for such services, so, it would be a better idea for you to read the printer’s manual and try doing the job yourself.”

Pleasantly surprised by his openness, Peter asks, “Is your boss aware that you discourage business?”

The assistant replies, “Actually it’s my boss’s idea,”

“To be honest, we make a lot more money on…

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Corona-19 V Spanish Flu

With all the technology, medical science, vaccines, and trillions of pounds sterling invested into pharmaceutical companies why is it that an end to this pandemic can not be a commitment made by any medical officer I’ve seen or heard?

Between the years 1918 and 1920 an estimated 50 million people died of the Spanish Flu. It infected about one-third of the world’s population and then it ended. To my knowledge, very little if anything of what I’ve itemised was available to the medical profession during those years so how was it ended?

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