reviewing jackdaw’s songs of the north

Here is a wonderful review of my book, Heading North, written by the great poet Nat Hall from her Shetland perch. My gratitude to her.

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img_8071Out of darkness, the bleakest point from the island, came cobbled thoughts, a flash of ink blended with salt – now nights have cleared, here comes my humble impressions of jackdaw’s blend of geopoetics inside his début collection, Heading North.

“Heading North”, by Andrew James Murray, is the second volume from Nordland Publishing’s Song of the North Series. Its author defines himself as a northern guy with a northern accent and attitude, yet attracted to even more northern latitudes, landscapes and who follows in the tradition of both geographical and inner landscapes – bleaker in places, mysterious and remote. His journey takes us from the comfort of his familiar Manchester world to the Ring of Brodgar on a far away archipelago bathed by both a sea and an ocean, via a myriad of known & unknown places – Berlin, Prague to the cobbled streets of Stromness. But it also…

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Creative Christmas

Like every year, there has been both positive and negative aspects to 2015. That is great for balance.

Creatively, though, it has been a fantastic year.  I am proud to be a part of Nordland’s journey over the last twelve months. It has given me both the incentive and inclination to keep going.

Merry Christmas everybody. Make the most of this time.

And keep creating!

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Do You Write Dark Short Stories Or Poetry?

For all you poets and storytellers out there who feel you could contribute to a collection on Scandinavian Folklore. I’ve been accepted-give it a go!

Wyrd Words And Effigies

I’ve recently established a publishing company with some good friends of mine in Norway – NordLand Publishing. We are currently putting together the first book in a series of anthologies entitled The Affinity Series. The first book in this series focuses on Scandinavian Folklore, and we are looking for poetry and prose submissions on this theme.

The final deadline for submissions is October 2nd…so if you think you can conjure up a tale in that time and get it sent in, please do!! On a personal note, I would be extremely grateful. As my friends will know, establishing a publishing company has been a dream of mine for a very long time, and I really, really want (and need) to see Nordland succeed.

For more information and links to our website, head on over to the Facebook page and if you are feeling particularly kind, please share…

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