The Prime of Miss Kate Clanchy

Does no one find the Kate Clanchy saga ridiculous? Like something out of Nancy Mitford or Muriel Spark? Miss Goody Two-shoes with her crème de la crème?

(Yay): https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/jan/23/the-hounding-of-kate-clanchy-has-been-a-witch-hunt-without-mercy

(Nay): https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/aug/13/pointing-out-racism-in-books-is-not-an-attack-kate-clanchy

Kate’s a minor poet, who got attention online by exploiting the poetry of newsworthy minorities, mainly refugees and Muslims. She came undone when she claimed a Goodreads reviewer had made up quotes from her memoir, Some Kids I Taught And What They Taught Me, to smear her as a racist. A Twitter pile-on revealed that the quotes were real. And “Three Women Of Colour” became the figureheads of the backlash that would see Kate let go by her publisher Picador. She then became a martyr on the Cancelled media circuit.

https://unherd.com/2022/02/how-sensitivity-readers-corrupted-literature/

Some Kids reeks of phoney. Like a sex crazed Victorian missionary writing about chastity. She’s as selfless as a barracuda.

But then she’s hardly the only one using the disadvantaged to advertise their Goodness. Joanne Harris plundered her platform for kudos, then tutted at her when that became good optics.

https://unherd.com/2021/09/the-problem-with-white-saviours/

The book won the Orwell Prize because it seemed worthy as long as you didn’t read it or think about it. A talisman for Goodness.

https://www.culturematters.org.uk/index.php/arts/life-writing/item/3767-kate-clanchy-s-class-conflict

And she probably is a great teacher. She needs them to reflect well on her. Her disgust for the low status disadvantaged – fat, poor, white, working-class, disabled; and her fetish for the things that make her high status students high status – religion, skin colour, ‘foreign’ noses, eyes, skulls, hair, clothing, customs – probably won’t show in the classroom. And though she makes them write about their difference to bask in their multicultural halo, that’s the perfect preparation for the mental torture the culture industry will inflict.

A sad sidenote is Monica Ali, suffering a catastrophic loss of confidence, because she felt she wasn’t allowed to be fully herself, but could only write about the Bangladeshi side of her family.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/feb/07/monica-ali-says-reaction-to-previous-novel-caused-10-years-of-depression

SAST – April 2017

SAST poster 2017

Tickets: http://www.seetickets.com/tour/short-attention-span-theatre

I’m producing, along with Tom Brogan, & directing, along with Tom Brogan and Jamie Lee McPherson, Short Attention Span Theatre again… This time we have…

Six new short plays:

Flensburg by Cormac Quinn

Working Title by Hannah Morton

North to Muira by Jane Sunderland

Horses With Horns by Richy Walsh

Red Label by Derek Banner

Of Sound Mind by Helen Bang

Starring:

John Love, Derek Banner, Scott Canevy, Hannah Morton, Karen Bartke, Johanna Harper, Megan Green and Calum Beaton.

Gorey Story

http://www.edwardgoreyhouse.org/

Edward Gorey is one of my favourite illustrators and an inspiration for everything I write – even if I can’t quite pull off his magnificently fey high camp violent tragedy.

Amazingly he doesn’t belong in my pantheon of Fin de Siecle Decadents that includes Oscar Wilde, Lord Dunsany, Arthur Machen, E. F. Benson, Saki, Walter de la Mare, and Ronald Firbank – despite perfectly capturing their Edwardian spirit of hedonistic uncanny dismay – he was born in 1925 and died in 2000.

He’s probably best remembered for designing a 1977 Broadway production of Dracula and for The Gashlycrumb Tinies, an illustrated alphabet book about the unfortunate deaths of small children.

It’s 1985!

its 1985

Sauchiehall Soviet – a play about a fading pop star mistaken for a Communist spy – starring Julie Martis, Calum Beaton and Gillian Massey.

Street

The Roxy – by Tom Brogan – about a nightclub on the verge of closure and a worker who can’t let go – staring Paul Kozinski, Richard Gray, Louise Henderson (who also designed the gorgeous poster) and Natalie Clark.

roxy

 

 

 

SAST – November 2015

SAST NOV 15 POSTER

On Monday 16th November and Tuesday 17th of November 2015 we had our second Short Attention Span Theatre event – with our great poster again designed by Louise Henderson.

This time we had six plays.

Murder In Bearsden by Elisabeth Holland

In 1955 three respectable ladies are interviewed by a police Inspector about the violent death of their friend.

directed by Karen Barclay

Daphne – Lindsey McNab

Sybil – Louisa Thornton

Fiona – Meli Bach

Inspector – Derek Banner

Innocent Age by Megan Green

A young assistant t.v. producer on a popular children’s t.v. show in the 1970s has to choose between her career and morality.

directed by Tom Brogan

Stevi – Louise Henderson

Lucy – Gillian Massey

Dillon – Meggan Jameson

Matt – Derek Banner

innocent age

Disaster Song by Karen Barclay

2 women are haunted by a folk song.

directed by Karen Barclay

June – Sarah Meikle

May – Louisa Thornton

disaster song

Jesus Wants You For A Stakebake by Alex Cox

The Angel of Death has to rectify an unfortunate mistake.

directed by Sarah McCardie

Danny – George Docherty

Death – Cameron McGarva

Donna – Julie Martis

stakebake

Someone Was Murdered Here by Fraser Campbell

A young couple have to choose between settling down in a cheap flat with a dark history or not settling down in a cheap flat with a dark history.

directed by Tom Brogan

Sam – Johanna Harper

Kate – Sarah Meikle

Andrew – Richard Gray

someone was murdered here

Thursday’s Child by Julie Martis

An internet group meet in real life to discuss their deep dark desires, and Alanis Morisette.

directed by Jamie Lee McPherson

Beth – Hannah Elizabeth Morton

Anita – Elle Seivwright

Immie – Jamie Lee McPherson

thursday

Stalked By Doctor Christian Jessen

UPDATE: The minute I published this the abuse seemed to stop unless he’s been cackling at me on his twitter feed while telling his fans to leave me alone… I wouldn’t know… I will never look… And it’s fine by me.

Doctor Christian presents a couple of medical programmes on Channel 4 (in the UK).

I don’t watch them.

I think he’s a bullet-head.

So he was harassing women on twitter for asking questions about breastfeeding. Not a subject I know anything about – or need to know anything about – but I tweeted to 2 women this:

I can’t stand him. He’s a misogynist narcissist.

I didn’t name him or @ him in – but because he was stalking these women (because he IS a misogynist narcissist) he came across it & he decided to set his followers on me.

About 10 of these little flying monkeys dutifully came flapping into my notifications – not a lot – he’s clearly not a popular man – but they tweet relentlessly. And I’m not one to slink off when under attack.

I replied to whatever bit of crap was in my notifications & some of them had @’d in Doctor Telly – so he saw them too.

This made the hypocrite decide I was playing the victim & harassing him.

I have never been on his profile page. I have never put his name into a search. I have never replied to a tweet that wasn’t in my notifications.

Since he started this I have called him:

a jerk

a creep

a stalker

disgusting

weird

huffy

sneaky

loathsome

no guts

a dreadful z-lister

unhinged

a crap celebrity

nasty

childish

awful

a tosser

a worthless tossbag of the highest order

that kind of arsehole

unethical

not empathetic

& said that he’s breaking the recommended social media code of his profession & has orchestrated a pile-on.

I stand by it.

He came after me – I had no interest in engaging with him.

And he does this a lot: http://unsafespaces.com/tag/christian-jessen/

I have no idea why he has the time for this – or why he’s so insecure he can’t let other people’s opinions go – but I wish he would sod off & leave us alone.