Thursday, 6 December 2018

Poems and stories by WriteOutLoud's Poet of the Week - Hubert Tsarko / John Short

I've reviewed some of my friend John Short's (aka Hubert Tsarko's) work before on here, so I'm delighted he's been declared Poet of the Week by WriteOutLoud. Who have some pretty good stuff on their pages. You can read some poems from when he was Poet of the Week here.

On the 15th December, five of John's poems will be published in issue 36 of The Blue Nib . What's more, Stepaway Magazine, in which he's been published, even recommended him for the prestigious Pushcart literary prize.

John has also been writing short stories for as long as I've known him. We go back to the Leeds magical scene in the late 1970s, and I travelled with him in the 80s. He has distilled some strange essences of untoward lives in rural France and Spain in forthcoming collection The Private Unmentionable Gargoyle. This is la vie routiƩre with its drinking, its loves and its bizarre friendships born out of the economic necessities of following the next job. In some ways, those migrant workers of former days foreshadow the world of gig economies and mass migration that the present generation is growing up with. These stories are from that era, the 1980s, that seems so distant now.

The Private Unmentionable Gargoyle and Other Stories (Publish & Print. Pontypridd, Dave Lewis 2018) - do a search on it in a few weeks' time from here http://www.publishandprint.co.uk/hubert-tsarko/.


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