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‘MARCH TO MARCH covers a journey over one year of the diagnosis of cancers during the backdrop of the Covid landscape. Followed by shock and the journey through HELL on earth that follows. I am forever grateful to the medical profession that saved my partners life.’ John Williams.

Mel received her treatment at the Guys Cancer Centre and the Royal Free Hospital.


This is John’s 8th book. He has also written for many other publications. John was born and grew up in Merthyr Tydfil and now lives with his partner, Mel Griffiths, in London. John has performed at numerous festivals such as, Merthyr Rising, London’s Anarchist Book Fair and Punk Festivals around the country. He is a member of the Red Poets and attends protests when able, due to disability.

During the Covid pandemic, John’s partner, Mel, was diagnosed with 5 different types of cancer. This book tells…

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Recent Drawings

Richard A. Kirk | Visual Artist | Author

Over the last few weeks I’ve been doing some small stippled works between commissions. I thought I’d post some of them here for you to see. All of these drawing were done on 140lb hot press paper—my go-to paper for years, using .18 Rotring Rapidograph pen. Unless otherwise noted, these works are for sale on my webstore.

Pen & Ink drawing of a humanoid/ pupa hybrid figure in an alien landscape
Lifepod, 2022, ink on paper, 10 x 7 inches

Vortex, 2022, ink on paper, 7 x 10 inches

Wild Fire, 2022, ink on paper, 7 x 10 inches

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Richard A. Kirk | Visual Artist | Author

A Few of My Favourite Things
(photo © Richard A. Kirk 2021)

I took a much longer hiatus from this blog than intended! I was surprised/ not surprised to see that my last post was back in April. Yikes.

So far 2021 has been a bit of a slow burn for me creatively. I’ve been doing a lot but mostly things that can’t be revealed for a little while yet – illustrating a couple of books, working on a new novel that I am very excited about and even doing a course. Now that these projects are on course, I want to make some time for blogging about my process and various preoccupations. Social media is fine, and I will continue on IG, FB and Twitter, but this is my preferred platform. Moving forward, I’ll start back with a weekly post (at minimum) and go from there.

In the meantime…

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Richard A. Kirk | Visual Artist | Author

Birdseye, 2022, ink on paper, 17″ x 14″

Tonight, I am sharing a newly completed personal piece called Birdseye. I worked on it, off and on, over the summer, in between some book illustration projects and revisions to my novel in progress. Earlier this week, I turned in the latter to my literary agent, so I decided to take some time to finish this as well. For Birdseye, I used a stipple and line technique. Although it may be difficult to see on your screen, all of the shading is done in dots of ink. This work is available for sale. If you are interested, or have any questions about the piece, please send me a message. Of course, I always welcome your thoughts in the comments section.

Happy October!

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Fungus King

Richard A. Kirk | Visual Artist | Author

It’s been a busy summer so far working on some commissioned illustration work and revising my next novel. I have managed to squeeze in a few smaller personal works though, some of which have made to to my shop. Here’s the link if you are interested in checking them out. One of my recent favourites is The Fungus King. Here he is sitting in my garden.

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Call the Fashion Police! I’m Wearing an Illegal Hatpin!

The Pragmatic Costumer

To keep my hats jaunty but secure at Edwardian events, I use one of my antique, pre-ban hatpins. Pre-ban? What’s that? Well, as silly as it may sound to us, in the 1910s, cities around the globe passed laws outlawing certain sizes of hatpins! Why would governments and police departments waste valuable time outlawing fashion accessories?
Until about 1970, hats were a major part of a woman’s wardrobe. They have varied in size, material, and decor, but one of the primary problems with hats is that, if caught by a gust of wind, it can easily escape from you! Ladies have employed a variety of methods to avert this: making the hat deep enough that it sit snugly on the head or using ribbons to tie them down, wire loops that grasp your head (many 1950s hats use this method), or clips and combs that grab onto your hair. One…

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Beware of the Delphi Technique — The Underhanded Manipulation Strategy Used on Parents Who Stand Against Common Core / CSCOPE

Danette Clark

By Donna Garner:

Someone wrote to me today and said that the CSCOPE/TESCCC/ESC establishment is using the Delphi Technique to manipulate the parent meetings being held around the state.  If that is the case, then people need to become highly aware of the Delphi Technique and how to defend themselves from being manipulated by it.

I was delphied when I served on the writing team for English / Language Arts / Reading curriculum standards (TEKS) from 1995 – 1997.

Following is an article written by Albert V. Burns in which he describes the Delphi Technique:

“The Delphi Technique: Let’s Stop Being Manipulated!”

By Albert V. Burns

More and more, we are seeing citizens being invited to “participate” in various forms of meetings, councils, or boards to“help determine” public policy in one field or another. They are supposedly being included to get ”input” from the public to help officials make final…

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8 government policies that look like April Fool’s jokes but are real

Pride's Purge

(not satire – believe it or not)

1. Michael Gove Abolishes Summer

2. National Blood Supply Sold Off To US Venture Capital Firm

3. Osborne Helps Out Struggling Millionaires With Tax Cut

4. £45m Paid Out To Teach Unemployed How To Use Toilet Paper

5. Dying Cancer Patients Told To Get Temporary Jobs

6. Government To Deter Immigrants To UK BY Making It Shit

7. Coalition To Tax GranniesBedrooms and Pasties

8. London’s Fire Engines Sold Off To Old-Etonian For £2


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Back to the ‘Bwl!

Back to the ‘Bwl!

Everyday Lives

Whilst current Story 3 activity is focused on the Story Studio at Treherbert, yesterday also saw three of us return both in person and spirit to Ynysybwl. Driving up and over to Cwm Clydach from Blaenllechau in the Rhondda Fach, we paused near the top to take in the wonderful views north and west across the valleys and south to the hills of Exmoor in the far distance beyond the Bristol Channel, courtesy of the clearing cloud and emerging blue skies.


If there was ever a need to remind ourselves of the evolving energy landscapes of the south Wales valleys this was it. Within a few hundred metres of us was Old Smokey, a now-greening coal waste tip towering over Tylorstown, which can be seen for miles and whose name seemingly derives from a long lasting fire within it that was only stopped by lopping off its top! Created by…

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