Mark Cantrell, Author

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"Language is a virus from outer space."

William S Burroughs

So where does a journalist-turned-author go to sound off? Well, here's a pretty good start. This is where I hurl my missives out into the polluted meme-pool of human existence, hopefully to make a few ripples, if not an outright splash...

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ARTICLE: Speaking Up For Social Housing

Posted by Mark Cantrell on July 18, 2014 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

SHOUT at the devil

New campaign to fight for social housing’s future

For too long social rented housing has been the tenure that dare not speak its name, but now a small group of housing professionals have broken ranks to challenge the silence – and demand it be rebuilt as an essential public asset

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REVIEW: This Boy by Alan Johnson

Posted by Mark Cantrell on July 14, 2014 at 8:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Written without a trace of ego

Alan Johnson does that rare thing for a politician, he steps back from limelight to present an affectionate tribute to the two women who raised him -- his mother and his older sister. The result is an endearing trip down ...

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ABOUT ME: Interviewed On A Drip Of Truth

Posted by Mark Cantrell on July 7, 2014 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Behind the cover Mark lurks

Back in May 2014, R G Dole of the blog, A Drip of Truth, featured an interview with yours truly. Here's a tiny snippet of what I had to say, coupled with a link to the full article...

"There’s only one word to describe me –...

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BLOG: Driven To Distraction

Posted by Mark Cantrell on June 22, 2014 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Clutching at chores

There's a time and a place for everything, but these days a writers' time and headspace are being devoured by a rapacious brood of craft-hungry cuckoos that forever want more MORE – and this blog is one of 'em...

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PROSE: First Principles Of An Acid Bath Murderer

Posted by Mark Cantrell on June 7, 2014 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Don't try this at home, no really

 By Mark Cantrell

 Neighbours being too noisy, work colleagues getting on your nerves, the local politician ha...

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FEATURE: The Bedroom Tax Is A Political Crime

Posted by Mark Cantrell on May 31, 2014 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

With malice aforethought:

The makings of a political crime

The bedroom tax doesn’t have to make sense, not even to its creators, because when all is said and done it’s a policy desig...

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CITIZEN ZERO: Stripped Of Their Human Rights

Posted by Mark Cantrell on May 25, 2014 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Zero status for benefits claimants effectively denied citizenship

So, with that headline above, and the associated news item listed below, we encapsulate one of the major themes of my dystopian science fiction thriller,

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NEWS: Orwell Award For Social Evils

Posted by Mark Cantrell on May 24, 2014 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Orwell prize looks into the dark heart of social evil

 HERE'S a little something that's out of my league, in all my writing respects, but it's interesting nonetheless – and one can always aspire.


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POEM: For The Fury Of A Blood-Thirsty Deity

Posted by Mark Cantrell on May 15, 2014 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

People Of The Book

By Mark Cantrell



So it spirals,

Howling high in frenzied lust,

The bitter cry of vengeance.

Violent rage, violent acts, all

Fuel t...

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CITIZEN ZERO: Manufacturing The Future

Posted by Mark Cantrell on May 9, 2014 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Be prepared for real austerity


With the Coalition austerity programme and welfare reforms effectively making enforced destitution a matter of Government policy, it might be argued that ministers are actively manufacturing the underclass known as zeros that feature so prominently within Citizen Zero. Many of the links below relate to this with, with stories about how social exclusion and hardship is actively promoted…

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POEM: Once A Fool

Posted by Mark Cantrell on May 4, 2014 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Fool’s Gold

By Mark Cantrell



If you want to make a mint

In the midst

Of a gold rush,

Don’t dig yourself a hole,

Sell the shovels,

And the props,...

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CITIZEN ZERO: More On The Prequel

Posted by Mark Cantrell on May 3, 2014 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

You must be mad to question authority

Welcome to another batch of links culled from the media and various websites. As before, these represent what might be called the backstory to Citizen Zero. Taken together, and they present a chilling insight into the world of the novel…

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