Natterjack articles

This section of Natterjack consists of articles, some by myself and some by guest writers: on a range of topics, in a range of styles, some moving, some funny, some thought-provoking, but all entertaining, we hope. Have a browse, enjoy, and if you fancy writing something, send it in. See "How to submit work" for details.


Information about a new ebook available from Natterjack: Rite of Passage by Peter Street 

 Articles by Michael Bruce



The Twat from Doncaster - an inside glimpse at the secrets of successful wine salesmanship

Oil paintings on the radio - and why religions don't have a Holy Video


FCUK & All That - the Norman Conquest and Youth Fashion


On Songwriting - and how it's different from poetry

The last day of June - and the last day of the Wild Rover. Used cars, redundancy, and scrapyards

Vauxhall Vectra review - I've had 2 of these now (2016)


£1,000 off a kitchen, anyone?


What is poetry anyway? What is art?  Bob Cobbing, Tracey Emin, and shoplifting in reverse


The 2010 Colne Blues Festival - and The Blues by The Owls 


Evaluation (to the memory of Don Van Vliet): what is crap?


What's it like, running a website like Natterjack? Here are some first impressions, written while first setting this whole thing up.




 Articles by guest writers



Clem Leaver - Working in Westminster: note on working for the House of Lords


Peter Street: a gravedigger's memoir - true tales from the graveyard

Paula Hardman describes her experience of a Lancashire Writing Hub Creative Writing Course (led by Michael Bruce)

Philip Burton on poetry workshops in primary school. An experienced children's author explains how it's done


Dodgy Dan lifts the lid on the inner workings of the horseracing and gambling industries - and makes you a dodgy offer


Peter Street shows us what a Day Centre for people with disabilities could be like in 1982


What do popular TV comedies owe to the plays of Samuel Beckett? Dr Kitchener's answers may surprise you



What's happening to British libraries these days? Nils Corundum lets off some steam here


Dodgy Dan reveals yet another way of losing money in his July update


The cure for everything is CAKE. So says Catie Smith


Carnation Summer - a memoir by CJ Heyworth


Some inspiring thoughts for writers, from Norman Warwick -


Formal verse or free verse? Some tips for poets from Phil Burton


Finding it hard finding time for writing? Some tips from Norman Hadley


Information about Natterjack writers


Thinking of writing for Natterjack? We're looking for articles, stories, memoirs, poems, multimedia presentations, or anything that might interest our varied and often eccentric readership. We're open to new writers as well as experienced writers, and to children as well as adults. Editorial help and advice is available if you want it. Click here for details.


 Shakespeare goes into a tavern and says:


You leathern-jerkin, crystal-button, knot-pated, agate-ring, puke-stocking, caddis-garter, smooth-tongue, Spanish pouch! Thy food is such as has been belched on by infected lungs.


And the landlord says ...

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