BREAKING NEWS: A New Poetry Book Is Coming!

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It’s hardly front page news that catching up on the latest headlines can make us all feel a bit depressed.

However, every now and then something unusual, unexpected and undeniably silly cuts through all the doom and gloom. Often spread through the power of social media, sometimes a story will grip the world’s attention, travelling through national, political and social borders and for a brief moment mankind is united in awe of something truly extraordinary.

For example, remember the time that container ship got stuck sideways and blocked the world’s busiest trade route? Or when somebody tried to touch up that ancient painting but did such a bad job she completely ruined it? Or the time that farmer moved a rock which sparked a border war when he inadvertently stole a few feet off of France?  

I think times like these are well worth celebrating. Moments when it seemed the entire world laughed, sighed or rolled our eyes as one. That’s why I’ve been quietly collecting these stories over the years and capturing them in poetic verse. Now, I’ve bundled them all together in my brand new poetry book! 

Also In The News” is available for pre-order from this morning! 

This collection includes poems such as Bratwurst vs Cumberland, Fool Of The Nile, War Of The Flies, Silenced By The Lambs, The Curious Case Of A Sandwich In Space and Southend City as featured on BBC Essex, Phoenix FM and other radio stations around the world!

Drawing on all sorts of true events from that awkward moment when Brexit caused a raging sausage war to the Queen’s Jubilee, Rod Stewart filling pot holes and Will Smith at the Oscars to rogue pets and many, many more unbelievable times immortalised in rhyme.

Also In The News will be available to buy on Monday 5th September for £4 but is available to pre-order NOW for a special price of £3 to anyone subscribed to my mailing list! Just enter your details in the box below then click here to pre-order your copy.

Currently available for anyone to buy exclusively on the Amazon Kindle Store. (You don’t need a kindle though, just download the free Kindle app on your device!) Plus, Kindle Unlimited customers can now download this and all of my books for free as part of their subscription. 

The first of a bumper release, I’ll be sharing news with you soon about another poetry collection and how you can help me celebrate this year’s national poetry day next month. Until then, I hope you enjoy “Also In The News” and please help me share it with the world! Thank you. 

Easter’s done and spring is sprung

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Now that he is risen, so has my blood sugar. However, aside from a chocolate egg overdose things in The Pink House have been busy…

It’s been a month already since my second poetry book hit the virtual shelves and I must say, I was quite proud to see my Pandemic Poetry book make the charts on World Poetry Day. I couldn’t quite fend off stiff competition from TS Elliott and John Betjeman but, although they didn’t write anything new this year, I’ll concede this round on account of their crowd being just a little bigger than mine. Thanks to everyone who bought and downloaded a copy, I hope it made you smile and can’t wait to share more details about my next poetry collection soon! In the meantime, my poetry podcast is still the place to go for your regular witty ditty dose.

In other news, (literally) I was enormously chuffed to find a double-page spread in the spring issue of Billericay & Brentwood CommunityAd Magazine that featured my radio show on Phoenix FM. They sat me down for a Q&A about my Drivetime Show which was very cool but I was delighted they turned it into such a lovely article with some truly awesome feedback too.

Meanwhile, my regular radio shenanigans included everything you’d expect to hear from a live rap about Will Smith and a stylophone rendition of Gerry Rafferty’s Baker Street to performing a poem about the city of Southend on BBC Essex.

There’s been a flurry of musical talent on my radio show lately and I enjoyed a nice chat with TikTok star Will Joseph Cook about his upcoming album. Grammy nominated songwriter Josh Ramsey zoomed in to talk about his debut solo album and hanging out with Bryan Adams! Plus, some of the brightest young stars on the Essex music scene joined me on air too; Chelmsford’s Roisin O’Hagan called in to talk about her fantastic new single, recording in Nashville and casually dropped in stories about Taylor Swift’s ACTUAL microphone. Brentwood’s Josie Beth joined me for a chat about her stunning debut single and Hutton’s Sophie Griffiths popped in for a lovely catch up about her incredible new single too. As always, you can check out all of their new music here and get up to speed up on all our gossip with the full interviews here. I was also rather honoured to be at Sophie’s first ever headline show this week and as you can see, everyone (including me and my elbow) had a great time!

Photo credit: Chun Wah Ng

And in the latest twist (unbelievable Jeff) I made my first visit (and hopefully many more next season) to Brentwood Town FC as their newest stadium announcer and miraculously managed to pronounce most of the names properly.

Taking my role as leader of their 12th man (the crowd) to heart, I celebrated the honour of providing the match day music too by spinning local band, Ocean Flaws. No doubt securing a place in the playoffs this season had nothing to do with me but that won’t stop me claiming it was 100% my win!

The next few weeks should bring even more musical guests, a new nature feature on the radio and hopefully some news on an exciting new comedy venture too.

Until then, be good… or at least don’t get caught.

A Whole New Drive

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The last few weeks and months have been a busy time at The Pink House and as the world takes the first cautious steps back towards “normality” (whatever that is) I’m excited to be leaving the house once again! 

As I’m sure you already know, since the start of the pandemic I’ve been broadcasting from The Pink House Studios (my bedroom) and although living la vida lockdown has been a long and bizarre journey it has lead to a few extra little twists. My dreams of a standup comedy tour were sidelined but I found new ways of making people laugh with a weekly witty ditty. Interviewing backstage at venues and festivals paused but I’ve Zoomed, WhatsApped and FaceTimed with hundreds of great guests and met some amazing new friends without even leaving the house. I even Zoomed onto BBC Essex to chat about my poetry and when I look back over the past 18 months or so, I can proudly say that I never missed a show, learned a bunch of new skills and quite literally wrote the book on pandemic life… and then it became a bestseller!

However, as we progress further down the road to recovery / highway to hell we’re all keeping a close eye on the signals and hoping the road ahead doesn’t lead us into a six-lane pile-up! With that in mind, I’m hugely excited to tell you about a whole new drive…

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Starting from Monday 21st June I’ll be presenting Phoenix FM’s Drivetime Show, broadcasting live every weekday from 3-6pm on 98FM to Essex and to the whole world on your smart speaker, TunIn, Sonos Radio, Mixcloud, the Phoenix FM app and at PhoenixFM.com! Join in the fun with our never ending story, get yourself or someone you know a high five on drive, be our local hero of the day and enjoy a tonne of great music, top guests, sarcastic weather reports and a whole new take on traffic updates guaranteed to make you smile. I’ll be bringing my poetry podcast with me and sharing a weekly witty ditty every Thursday plus Mark Searby’s film reviews will continue every Friday. Whether you’re staying in or going out, I hope you’ll be able to join me from time-to-time for some live fun in the studio and if you are tuned in, do get in touch – shoutouts are the best part!

Meanwhile, I’ll still be presenting The As Yet Untitled Rock Show every Saturday night from 10pm, showcasing the latest and greatest in rock. 

Surfing the radio airwaves 6 days a week will certainly keep me busy but with great content comes great podcasts. So if you do miss the live shows, you’ll be able to catch up on all of the interviews, poems and film reviews on my website plus checkout the latest tunes I’m spinning in my playlists. You’ll also find your weekly dose of The As Yet Untitled Rock Show available on demand here.

Things have certainly gone radio gaga lately but writing continues too and I’ve started work on my next two poetry anthologies with another release in the pipeline sometime in the next 6-9 months plus my first short story is now available to pre-order here.

Phoenix FM Drive 3-6pm Weekdays

I hope that over the next few weeks you’ll find time to hop in the passenger seat and join in the fun live on drive. Heck, bring your friends and we’ll make it a mass-gathering! In-between, don’t forget that everything I’ve ever done is always available on-demand at the click of a button at www.stewartpink.com.

Enjoy, rock on and talk to you soon

Stew

A Conga… And The Third Wave

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It’s just over 6 weeks since I last wrote to you about my first literary adventure and I wanted to share a few updates from The Pink House. 

Before I do, I’d like to share a little video with you. A few thoughts on the forgotten victim of social distancing and the ultimate wedding dance; the conga!

Enjoy.

Oh How I Long To Be In A Conga
The Brentwood Gazette and InYourArea.co.uk

The last few weeks have been an exciting time doing my best to become a super-spreader of poems. With the release of Pandemic Poetry: The Covid Collection I was invited to be a guest on Michelle Ward’s radio show, shared a few witty ditties and had some fun being on the receiving end of the questions for a change. Thanks to all of your support, sales rocketed and my “R rate” went up after a surge in downloads and even a few international variants sold as far away as Russia and Brazil! 

At the peak of the second wave we went truly viral and my first little book ranked 20th in Amazon Kindle Store’s list of bestselling British Poetry and 25th in Amazon’s Bestselling Poetry Anthologies! Then, I was delighted to see a lovely full-page feature in The Brentwood Gazette reporting on the good news and an article on InYourArea.co.uk too. 

Now, in the latest twist of a whirlwind of excitement, Pandemic Poetry: The Covid Collection has been selected as part of Amazon Kindle Unlimited and is hopefully about to reach a third wave of new readers who’ve signed up for Amazon’s unlimited subscription. My eternal thanks to all of you who have downloaded, shared and read the book, your support has been amazing and hugely appreciated. If you haven’t got your copy yet you can download it here. I can’t wait to bring you my next witty poetry collection later this year! 

Speaking of which, I recently upgraded my website to stewartpink.com and it’s never been easier to keep up with all the latest content from my radio studio and writing desk. The website now hosts all my latest podcast episodes and you can play or download them there with one click. The latest radio shows, poems, interviews, film reviews and videos are all there plus a new Spotify playlists page featuring great new music from my radio guests. There’s even a page where you can support my work with donations; a bit like a virtual tip jar. 

To explore my new website, click on my new logo!

Lastly, and most exciting, you can now see a sneak preview of my first short story available to preorder now! Visit stewartpink.com/books for all the details.

Thanks, as always, for being in my corner and according to government guidelines I should be able to hug you all very soon.

Stew 


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OUT NOW! Pandemic Poetry: The Covid Collection

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It’s official: one year since lockdown… doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun?

Alright, so it’s been a bit rubbish but amidst all the things we’d rather forget there have been some unbelievable moments and ridiculous events that I thoroughly enjoyed ripping to shreds in poetic verse every week on my radio show.

Alas, driven by the data and guided by the science, I’ve compiled a world-beating, mass gathering of these witty ditties I’ve called Pandemic Poetry: The Covid Collection. My first ever ebook, my debut as an author and published poet and my little contribution to the great verse of life.

This collection of silly little poems began as a way of making light of whatever dark we woke up in on any given week but as all the events of the past year unfolded, and I continued to weave them all into funny little rhymes, they’ve become a genuine piece of history. Reflections on the craziness of our times within a few witty words, immortalised forever.

If you’ve been a regular listener of my Friday afternoon radio show on Phoenix FM or if you subscribe to my poetry podcast then you’ll hear some of them performed in all their glory. However, the book also contains some originals you’ll never hear on the radio or on the podcast!

A face for radio

To celebrate the launch of my first ebook and commemorate/commiserate our one year lockdown anniversary my #One2ThreeShow on Phoenix FM last week featured a few of my favourite pandemic poems amidst an isolation playlist.

To listen to the show which includes my rendition of “A Whitty Ditty”, “He Said” and “Oh How I Long To Be In A Conga” read from Pandemic Poetry: The Covid Collection click here.

The ebook features illustrations by my illustratively ingenious sister, Maddie and is available to download on the Amazon Kindle Store. It is dedicated to everyone who stayed at home to protect the lives of others, the key workers who kept the wheels turning, the healthcare professionals, scientists and everybody else who deserves far more than a round of applause on a Tuesday evening.

It certainly is not dedicated to Dominic Cummings.

To support my poetry and get your copy of Pandemic Poetry: The Covid Collection click here.

OUT NOW!

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Pandemic Poetry: Available to pre-order!

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Next week, Tuesday 23rd March, is a big day in all of our calendars; a whole year since we first went into a UK wide lockdown. A lot has changed since we’ve been living la vida lockdown, we’ve learned some lovely new words like “furloughed” and anyone who had shares in Zoom is now richer than the entire travel industry. We’ve been guided by the science and driven by the data, worn more face coverings than a stormtrooper and at one point it was cheaper to fill your car with petrol than it was to fill a bottle with sanitiser. To put it mildly; it’s all been a bit silly and, like many people, I haven’t been out much. As you know, for over a year I’ve been broadcasting from The Pink House Studios (my bedroom) on Brentwood’s Phoenix FM and to help lift the spirits of my listeners I’ve been sharing a weekly witty ditty. A short poem based on the events of the week and unsurprisingly, Coronavirus featured heavily!

Alas, to celebrate (or commiserate) a whole year of madness, I’ve bundled together a mass-gathering of pandemic poetry featuring a few witty ditties that encapsulate and reflect on some of the bits the history books will probably leave out when the story of Coronavirus is written. We won’t want to remember everything that happened but when Covid-19 is old news, these silly little poems will always remind us of the moments that made us laugh when we needed it most. With titles like “Tiers Of A Town”, “A Whitty Ditty”, “The Going Of Cummings” and “Oh How I Long To Be In A Conga” you’ll find these jolly jabs of wit just the tonic to remedy this peculiar moment in our lives.

Despite sharing a weekly witty ditty on my radio show for over a year now, this is the first time I’ve ever dipped my little toe cautiously into publishing and I’m hugely excited to make my debut as a fully-fledged author with “Pandemic Poetry: The Covid Collection”. The ebook is available to pre-order now on Amazon and as subscribers to my mailing list, my most loyal and wonderful supporters, you’re the first to see what it looks like!

The cover is illustrated by my artistically gifted sister, Maddie and features a page full of clues as to the subjects of the poems inside.

To pre-order Pandemic Poetry: The Covid Collection for an incredibly reasonable 99p click here.

In addition to poetry I have a number of short stories to share in the coming months ranging from ghostly tales to comedic swashbuckling and murderous whodunnits. The next of which will be entirely free and you’ll only hear about it if you’re subscribed to this mailing list (#exclusive) so keep an eye out for my next email!

You can also keep up with all my latest publishing news on my newly refurbished website. If you haven’t visited for a while www.stewartpink.com is now home to everything from podcasts and videos to interviews, books and reviews all easily accessible at the click of a button. Please do stop by and have a poke around.

I hope you’ll enjoy my first ebook and if you do, I hope that you’ll give it a 5-star review on Amazon – every little helps!

Thanks as always for your support of my creative endeavours and I look forward to sharing even more with you soon.

Stew