My Great Love

Today’s guest post comes from poet, comedian and writer: Colin Davies

The room was still dark, even though the early morning sun was doing its best to change this through every available gap in the curtains. Waking up in a hotel room is, unless you have lived there for many months or years, always disorientating. This is either because you are not used to stopping in these tiny space, designed to give shelter to the traveller, or you travel about so much, and sleep in so many different places, that the similarities these rooms have can leave you not knowing in which town or city you have just woken.

As Colin allowed his eyes to get used to the dim light, and clear the blurriness of slumber, he first went to the bathroom, some eight paces away from his bed. Here he allowed last nights pint of Old Speckled Hen to find a new home in the hotels drainage system. Upon his return to the sleeping area Colin moved quietly across to the desk in the corner of the room.
The desk was closer to his bed than the bathroom. 
He didn’t want to wake his partner or their son. This time in the morning had recently become his time. A time he spent with one of his greatest loves: writing.
He opened up his Toshiba Satellite 100 Click and started a new document on Google Docs. Another passion of Colin’s had become a recent obsession: short stories. He had an idea to write a collection of Science Fiction tales. Sorting the book out was a little way off yet as there were twelve to write. However, before travelling to York and staying in this hotel room, Colin had just finished the title piece. He sent it to his editor, a rather handsome chap called Ashley, renowned for his love of strange old poetry and adult entertainment. Sometimes these two worlds would combine with rather interesting results.
Ashley liked the story and this made Colin feel very happy. However good a writer one knows they are, an accolade from someone you respect lifts you.
On this morning in York, Colin decided that his early hour discipline should be spent writing a blog for Ashley to help promote his new book How to Write Short Stories and Get Them Published.
Colin has a tremendous love for short form storytelling. Through comic books, radio plays and films, they are all condensed tales. As examples of the written word they allow for strong ideas to be played out in an easily digestible format. Many serious writers turn their hands to the short format. It might be to test a character or an idea. It might be to give a favourite character another adventure that is less complex as in one of the long adventure of the novel.
Closing in on 500 words Colin decided it was time to stop. Though he meant only this blog post. Not to stop writing short stories. That would never happen.

You can read more of Colin’s work on his blog –

The Book Launch – Raven and Skull

 July 10th saw the official launch of Raven and Skull. It’s my first horror novel and, as I’ve said before, it’s one of those stories I’ve been wanting to write for years.

The whole evening was presented by the Pub Poets, a group of open mic performers entertainers who know how to write and perform poetry. It’s one thing to write a novel. It’s quite another to have its release endorsed by a collective of poets.

Adding to the prestige, the launch was hosted by the incredible performance poet, Trevor Meaney.  Trevor is a respected, talented and accomplished poet with a huge following.  The night would not have been such a success without him at the helm.  For those of you not familiar with Trevor, this is a short piece of him in his usual, incredible form.

On top of that, the insanely talented Colin Davies delivered a very well-received performance piece on the subject of profunctuation.   It’s not safe work, but it was hilarious, perfectly presented and so funny that several members of the audience hurt themselves laughing. This is not for the easily offended but, for everyone else, it’s worth checking out.

There isn’t the space here to thank all the talented poets who turned up for the evening.  I’ve not even begun to say thank you to my supportive family and wonderful friends who made the whole episode so memorable.  And, because I’m sure they’re already aware of my appreciation and gratitude, I’ll finish this post with a link to Raven and Skull, and a short clip of one of the poems I read on the evening. Just like Colin’s poem has the NSFW warning, this one too should be treated with similar caution.

Poem 69 – Colin Davies

It’s here! It’s here! It’s finally here!
For those of you who know me well, you’ll realise that I don’t use exclamation marks lightly. I’m of the opinion that we should be allowed six exclamation marks in our lifetime. Anything more than that is simply abusing the privilege.
But I’m excited with this announcement. Coming Together in Verse is officially released on Friday 27th November. It’s available for pre-order from the links below.
Last night I was lucky enough to be on stage with some tremendous poets and a good number of them (in the audience and on the stage) had contributions in the book. This is one of the poets, Colin Davies, who kindly shared his poem from Coming Together in Verse with last night’s audience.
You can find it on CreateSpace at this link:
Contributors include: myself (Ashley R Lister), Alessia Brio, Victoria Blisse, Rachel Woe, Janine Ashbless, Liv Honeywell, AJ Chilson, Roy Clements, Katy J, Ashe Barker, Lisa Bower, PJ Bayliss, Geneva Rose, Jay Willowbay, Slave Nano, Lily Harlem, Kay Jaybee, KD Grace, Norbert Gora, IG Fredrick, Jade A Waters, Adrea Kore, Bella Settarr, Okami No Koga, Daniel Davis, Joanna Harrington-Cruise, Sophia Sophia, Le Petite Mortimer, Eleanor Meadows, Angell Brooks, L Hollamby, Blacksilk, CA Bell, Ian Jade, Tamsin Flowers, Ruby Red, Colin Davies, Desmond Field, Rachel McGladdery.

Please, if you get a chance, buy your copy today.