“Playing Solitaire for Money” is a collection of lyric poems, which are contemporary in form and subject. It’s roughly split into three types of poems. The first third are poems about our globalised experience – seeing us as small parts in “a colossal machine”, bit part players in the complexities of modern society. The poems … Continue reading
I wrote this story in 1996, one of a series of “American” stories I wrote after visiting the West Coast the previous summer. I’d just started to try and write a number of short stories, partly to share with friends via a photocopied magazine (“Frisky”) I started in March that year, and partly as I … Continue reading
I’m pleased to announce that I’ve a story in Unthank Books new Anthology – or rather “UN-thology” “Unthology 4″ alongside a range of other excellent names. You can buy it from Amazon here. My story is called “The Cat.” Some early reviews of the book are here: Petals & Pages Our Book Reviews Online
I’m pleased to have a piece in the Manchester fanzine The Shrieking Violet. Natalie Bradbury the editor asked me if I had something, and gave me free range to write this think-piece on how we outsource our memory to digital technology and how this might affect how we act in the future. The magazine can … Continue reading
I will be reading poetry at a new night at the Town Hall Tavern in Manchester on Saturday 10th August at 20:30 in the evening alongside the always excellent Tom Jenks and Sarah Crewe. Updates will be found at the Peter Barlow’s Cigarette web page. All welcome.
A new CD of my musical recordings is now available to download or to stream via my music website. TOP HITS OF 2012 is the 4th CD under the Bonbon Experiment name since 2007 – and includes the best 12 tracks from my monthly cassette single project in 2012, where to celebrate 30 years of … Continue reading
I’m pleased to say that the new issue of The Rialto features my 4th appearance in the magazine – a poem called “Beauty”. Quite a lot of NW poets in there – think you can probably find a copy at the Cornerhouse. Here’s me reading “Beauty” earlier in the year.