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Dr Bruce Meyer , a significant Canadian poet and writer, will be the final judge for this year's Beverly Prize For International Writing - the impressive super shortlist of 18 international poets and writers is announced below. Any original unpublished manuscript, in English, by anyone living anywhere in the world, writing in any genre or on any topic, prose, non-fiction or poetry (even drama) is eligible, making it arguably the world's most eclectic "broad church" literary scouting prize. Last year's debut winner was Sohini Basak (her book is being launched in Bloomsbury July 5th, 2018). SOHINI BASAK,  WINNER OF THE BEVERLY PRIZE FOR INTERNATIONAL WRITING 2017 The rules of the prize stipulate that any author chosen for the shortlist agrees to accept publication with Eyewear if judged to be the final winner; and may not be entered into other competitions at this final stage of adjudication. Bruce Meyer is author of more than 60 books of poetr

Review of the new Simple Minds album - Walk Between Worlds

Taste is a matter of opinion - or so goes one opinion. Aesthetics, a branch of pistols at dawn, is unlikely to become unruffled and resolved any time soon, and meantime it is possible to argue, in this post-post-modern age, an age of voter rage, that political opinion trumps taste anyway. We like what we say is art. And what we say is art is what likes us. Simple Minds - the Scottish band founded around 1977 with the pale faces and beautiful cheekbones, and perfect indie hair cuts - comes from a time before that - from a Glasgow of poverty and working-class socialism, and religiosity, in a pre-Internet time when the heights of modernity were signalled by Kraftwerk , large synthesisers, and dancing like Bowie at 3 am in a Berlin club. To say that early Simple Minds was mannered is like accusing Joyce of being experimental. Doh . The band sought to merge the icy innovations of German music with British and American pioneers of glam and proto-punk, like Iggy Pop ; their heroes were


I, as editor, have been away too long from this little blog that could... apologies. Why? The limit to our patience reached its peak for a while... in terms of Trump and other real-world/ fake news outrages.... it became exhausting to express more dismay. Also, the residency at Pembroke, Cambridge, and Eyewear Publishing work, has been joyously busy. Anyway, time to return, albeit briefly, with more news, soon.