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A Lyrical Oasis 25

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RELEASE HISTORY April 1997 saw the release of my first book A Lyrical Oasis. Self published and with little promo, it sank without trace. Nonetheless, it will always be my first baby even if it was still born and remains pretty much a ghost in terms of release and sales. In 2009 I tried again with an e-book but this met a similar fate. I dare say that in some other world it may have been the pop poem hit I envisaged it to be in my naivety but alas…read more

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Year Amid Winter 10

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YEAR AMID WINTER celebrates its 10th birthday this month. For those that don’t know (which is most of you) the book was originally released as a series of e-blogs in 2012 and got a release as a PDF ebook in 2015. It has since been released in the EPUB format. ABOUT THE BOOK (from the original press release) The book comprises three parts: OXFORD (living in a recession), AUCKLAND (becoming a TESOL teacher) and ISTANBUL (learning the hard truths of teaching in a foreign country) and charts Hayes departure from the UK…read more

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Dating the Page

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‘There has never been a Kelvin Hayes overview like this before. Together with international collaborators, Hayes curates a 30 year odyssey in poem, artwork and photos as well as a personal timeline. Some of the images have been retouched especially for this project and have never been seen before. Design features from previous works have been incorporated and new artwork created to embellish the mood of favoured releases such as NOTATE.’ BACKGROUND For a few years now I’ve been busy piecing together the 30 year overview ‘Dating the Page.’ Despite much…read more

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House of Many Faces

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WELCOME TO THE HOUSE Teach English and travel the world! Yeah we’ve all seen the adverts but what is the reality? Usually treading with extreme caution. This one has been difficult to birth due to my business with the blog, nevertheless two years late it is finally time to unleash this latest instalment of my peripatetic life on the world. Written over several years in China and South East Asia, House of Many Faces, continues on from 2012’s Year Amid Winter. Having survived Istanbul, a move to Bangkok is thwarted…read more

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Nomad 20

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DOWN BUT NOT OUT In 1933 George Orwell released a seminal work called ‘Down & Out in Paris & London.’ This book detailed life for Orwell – a naïve young man on the road doing odd jobs and living in backpacker style residences of the day.  I did not read it until well after writing Nomad. When I did it was astonishing how remarkably similar our lives had been, a good 60 years apart, the odd jobs and living arrangements (and indeed the public lovemaking he encountered) were still very much in…read more

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Sweet Dreams: A Culture Club for the Style Council

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THE FUTURE AND THE PAST *this blog contains an affiliate link. There is a quote forerunning Dylan Jones tome on the New Romantics which is equally relevant to the blog and it is…  Sometimes, I feel the past and the future pressing so hard on either side that there’s no room for the present at all.’ JULIA FLYTE, BRIDESHEAD REVISITED I’ve mentioned Brideshead a few times so thought it apt. Jones begins by describing the characters and music that defined the Blitz club in London’s Covent Garden on a rainy spring…read more

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The Nordic Theory of Everything

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CHINESE DREAM VERSUS FINNISH DREAM In 1997 I had the option of doing my masters degree. Swayed by peer pressure I chose not to and this has proven to be a big mistake (one of many). In China for example, a masters would have provided work in a proper university (rather than the colleges calling themselves universities). A feat I achieved only once and by fluke. The difference in how a teacher is treated in a real university was certainly an eye opener eg trips to spas and private chalets!…read more

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Brian Eno: A Year Without Appendices

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INTRO In the mid-nineties Faber issued Brian Eno’s Diary under the title A Year with Swollen Appendices. Now at the end of – let’s face it – a pretty shitty year, the same publisher is publishing the same book with some updates.  There’s a whopping 441 pages to get through (possibly a condition of the £100,000,000 Eno was advanced to write it) and just the intro itself is enough to get one’s cognitive circuitry buzzing and whirring. Eno first begins by observing what has occurred in the time since the…read more

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Notate 20

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A BOOK BORN IN AUTUMN Nostalgia makes the autumn of twenty years ago seem a serenely magical place yet it was if anything fraught with frenetic tension combining nowhere to live, a non-career and turning 30. I was just back from Italy and needed to finish my second book with only four days to do it. I did but was unable to properly promote it.  Looking back it all seems rather strange though I still believed in what I was doing even if ignorance met every release – save Mezzanine…read more

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A Lyrical Oasis: Bomberg’s Dinora

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BOMBERG’S DINORA Just looking You can almost smell the sienna. Mystique as musky essence alcoves. Dinora herself transforms into arabesque. This is how the Mona Lisa should have looked No pretensions. Dinora image retouched by KH specifically for this blog. The London ‘musky alcove’ image was taken in Wapping in 2008. Read my other blog on David Bomberg here. Read about Lyrical Oasis here. From A Lyrical Oasis

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