Monthly Archives: February 2013

James Holden: What’s In A Name?

My short stories tend to have quite functional titles, and are also often quite short. The four stories I’ve completed most recently were called The Worst Job Going, Wardens, Tough at the Top and New Clive. They’re probably a bit … Continue reading

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James Holden: Oh, The Indignity

He stood on the edge of the pit, looking down at the freshly excavated bones – all that was left of the body he had inhabited many years ago. A figure ambled up, kicking loose dirt into the informal grave … Continue reading

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James Holden: You say artisan publishing, I say self-publishing

A couple of weeks ago the Grauniad published an article about “artisan publishing”, or self-publishing to mere mortals like Asylum inmates. The shocking conclusion is that there are no shortcuts and that it’s harder than it looks. What the article … Continue reading

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James Holden: Roald Dahl’s Great Automatic Grammatiser

So, it seems to me that inmates frequently write about the process of writing. I realised this at the last meeting when we were looking at stories for the anthology we’re pulling together. The stories had originally been presented to … Continue reading

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James Holden: One Is Amused

Fellow Asylum inmate Alby has published one of my stories on his Vainglorious Lunacy website. It was written before the Olympics even started but imagines The Queen and Prince Philip returning home after the Opening Ceremony. You can check it … Continue reading

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Alby Stone: Stained

Copyright © 2013 Alby Stone Crack, smack; speed, weed. The rhymes of escape trip so easily from your tongue. Yet you haven’t gone anywhere but where you already were. The poetry of oblivion is recited to the discordant accompaniment of … Continue reading

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