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Short Story: Original Sin

My short story, Original Sin has been published on Metazen and is currently available to read. I’d like it if you could take a look. You can read it here. If you like short/flash stories, you should definitely subscribe to Metazen as there’s always lots of consistently good stuff there. I’m off to find a corner […]

British Short Screenplay Competition

I’ve just heard that my short, WILL, has made it through to the next round of the BSSC. Hurrah for me. Last year, I made it this far but no farther. I think it’s a better effort this year so I’m keeping my fingers crossed. Oh, and hurrah for me.

I Sat Through That? – M. Night Shyamalan

I could have taken the lazy way out and written a column on each of three Shyamalan films for the next three weeks but, instead, I’ve done a triple-header.  So, pop over for a. longer than usual, column of Shyamalan bashing – specifically, The Happening, Signs and The Village. I Sat Through That? – M. […]

I Sat Through That? – Unbreakable

I am rather abashed that there is nothing between the post informing you of this week’s column and last week’s post informing you of the, then current, column.  I was having a rainy holiday in the Galway area though so that’s my excuse.  Not that I need to make excuses to the likes of you. […]

I Sat Through That? – Planet Of The Apes

New column available over on Flickering Myth.  This week, Planet Of The Apes.  Not the original, the one where Charlton Heston’s a dead, duplicitous, right-wing monkey with a gun as opposed to – oh, never mind. I Sat Through That? – Planet Of The Apes

Column: I Sat Through That? – Castaway

Yeah, yeah, it’s got Tom Hanks in it – doesn’t mean it can’t be bad.  Look at The Da Vinci Code.  Hanks is fine in a Hanksy sort of way – he’s fat, he’s thin, he’s beardy, he’s clean-shaven, he’s the man of a thousand faces and bellies.  Castaway is still a bit pants though. […]

I Sat Through That? – I, Robot

I, Robot?  No beer?  That’s not a recipe for a good evening.  Unless you like complaining, that is.  Guilty. In this week’s I Sat Through That? I consider I, Robot.  You know the one.  Yeah, the one with all the ads in it.  It’s got that Will Smith in it.  Yeah, him.  The ‘welcome to […]

You damn kids

Well, my CBBC thing has been pummelled and kicked into something resembling a script shape.  It’s in the envelope and will be away in the morning. Definitely an interesting experience writing for 8 to 12 year olds.  So many things to consider.  So many pitfalls.  Plenty of other bloggy people have very kindly posted their […]

In which I, mostly, name vegetables.

The character Beenfeeld, that I’m writing for Resonance FM’s Whale In The Room play, is like me in many ways.  One of these, in an odd fortuity, is that he is now growing his own vegetables.  We both have a fine, nascent crop of foodstuffs on the go. I started this veg lark only in […]

In which I receive good news…

…About a slightly odd writing gig. Resonance FM are putting together a new radio play called The Whale In The Room.  Nothing odd about that, you say.  Well, if I told you that the script for this play was to comprise entirely of the Twitter status updates from six different people, you might begin to […]

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Gerry Hayes

Gerry Hayes

I mostly sit around all day and drink tea. Occasionally, I write stuff and send it to strangers so they can humiliate me and deride my efforts. Other than the self-harm to dull the shame of failure, it's not a bad life. Like I say, there's tea.

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