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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BLOG: Sounding Off

Posted by Mark Cantrell on October 24, 2014 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Say my piece and eat it

By Mark Cantrell


Sorry to disappoint, but social comment and political polemic is part of the brand (excuse me while I spit out the bad taste that word leaves in my mouth), so if you're looking to just tune out to ...

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BLOG: Author, Know Thyself

Posted by Mark Cantrell on October 11, 2014 at 7:45 PM Comments comments (0)

So what's with the writing, then?

By Mark Cantrell

ONE of the things I'm struggling with at the moment is possibly a bit of an indulgence, even outside the norm of writers' angst, but I find myself in the grip of a peculiar...

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MEDIA: Inspired Quill Signs Up To A 2015 Paperback Debut

Posted by Mark Cantrell on September 28, 2014 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Citizen Zero will rise again

STOKE-ON-TRENT, 27 September 2014: AN exciting new edition of CITIZEN ZERO is on the way – including its paperback debut – following Inspired Q...

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BLOG: English PEN Defends Thatcher 'Assassin' Mantel

Posted by Mark Cantrell on September 27, 2014 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Here's one for the Mantel piece

A plot to assassinate a world leader has landed a British author in a spot of bother, prompting the organisation English PEN to speak up on her behalf.


For those who don't know,

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FEATURE: An Arboreal Ark For Literary Art

Posted by Mark Cantrell on September 6, 2014 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Can't see the words for the trees

 These books will not be published until the 22nd Century

 Some authors have been known to grouch about the length of time its takes conventional publishers to release t...

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BLOG: Technology Demands The Last Word

Posted by Mark Cantrell on August 30, 2014 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (1)

 A tool for too many jobs bar writing

 By Mark Cantrell

THE tools of your trade can facilitate your writing, or else they can cripple it.


Years ago, much of my writing was done on a handheld PC. The device slipped into a ...

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POEM: Gaza Again, But Not Only Gaza, Strife Ripens Everywhere

Posted by Mark Cantrell on August 22, 2014 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Garden Of Weeds

By Mark Cantrell

Hate grows in the tended rows

Of coffins and body bags, all

Filled with corpulent fruit.

The crop is sown

In the furrowed brows

Of grieving faces,

Watered by ...

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NEWS: Inspired Quill @ Loncon3

Posted by Mark Cantrell on August 15, 2014 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Catch my draft: Silas meets LonCon3

Down with the crew from Inspired Quill

Sadly, I wasn't able to attend this year's LonCon3 event currently being held at the ExCel exhibition centre in East London, but fortunately S...

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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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