Man who interviewed The Serpent in 2003 recalls how ‘consistently upbeat’ serial killer Charles Sobhraj spoke of his prison experience – or how the Daily Mail rewrites me & the Daily Telegraph

The Daily Mail Chloe Morgan has published a feature on Charles Sobhraj which essentially uses my recent Telegraph story I wrote about my encounter with the infamous serial killer, adds a bit more background and puts it out there as something new. A writer who interviewed serial killer Charles Sobhraj while he was behind bars […]

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The Gingerbread Houses – New title from Crime Wave Press

Crime Wave Press, Asia’s only crime fiction imprint, has published its 34th title, The Gingerbread Houses, a taut, nasty British Noir thriller from Ben Jones, his fourth title with us. Ben previously published Skewered and other London Cruelties, Pennies for Charon and my personal favorite, the totally outrageous, twisted The Devil’s Brew. Crime Wave Press […]

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Crime Wave Press publish first YA title – The Murder Boys by John B Bliss

Crime Wave Press have published their first Young Adult crime novel – The  Murder Boys. I had a lot of fun editing this gripping and touching story that took place during an English summer almost four decades ago. “It will stay with you for life boy. Either way you’ll pay for it in your soul, […]

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British Library holds a significant collection of Lao material – including unpublished recordings of remote populations by Tom Vater

Hmong Lao Khaen player in Vientiane 2001 The British Library holds a small but significant collection of Lao material, consisting of manuscripts, rare printed books, periodicals and post cards, mainly acquired after 1973. However, the oldest items in Lao language date back to the 19th century. The earliest book about Laos is in Italian and […]

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British Library launches campaign to save the sounds of history

My writing career started right here, at the British Library’s National Sound Archive. I went to see them in 1993 after my first return from India. I was interested in the music of indigenous communities in the region and approached the National Sound Archive’s International Music Collection with an offer of recording and documenting the […]

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RocknRoll Interlude – On Tour with The London Dirthole Company

I’ve been on tour with The London Dirthole Company, legendary London based noise creatives. The music made by The London Dirthole Company is a joyful ride into the world of the modern Outsider artist as a musical phenomena. As out of time and place and unreservedly important as The Fall, The Monks and The Velvet […]

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