Stewart Stafford

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Stewart was born in New York City to Irish parents. The family moved back to Ireland when he was three years old. He has lived there ever since.

His natural gift for writing appeared early (he is related to the Irish poet Austin Clarke). His first school report card when he was five had just one comment at the end: "Stewart writes very interesting stories."

He listened to his grandmother's tales of the Banshee in her kitchen and was enthralled and terrified. It was direct exposure to Ireland's Celtic storytelling tradition and he was hooked. Stewart loves the folktales, traditions and superstitions of Ireland, the country that gave the world the festival of Halloween and Dracula author Bram Stoker. He went on to do an Irish Folklore course in

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Stewart Stafford Anything can inspire me: dreams, memories, previous work I've done, conversations I overhear in the street, a news story, an online quote. The only…moreAnything can inspire me: dreams, memories, previous work I've done, conversations I overhear in the street, a news story, an online quote. The only limit to inspiration is how open your mind is to being inspired.

I sometimes don't know where my inspiration comes from. It makes me wonder if I'm a good writer or am I channelling thoughts from somewhere else. Whole pages can arrive fully-formed in my head when I'm not even thinking about writing. Striking quotes on things I've not given much thought to come to me. I hear these things so clearly that I have no doubts about what I'm writing. I trust my instincts. I'm just glad these things keep coming to me.(less)
Stewart Stafford I don't panic. The ideas will start flowing again and it's such a relief when they do.
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Transylvanian Rhapsody

As it’s Halloween, I thought I’d have a little fun and do some horror parody lyrics for Queen’s classic hit “Bohemian Rhapsody.” I set it in Dracula’s backyard of Transylvania:

Is this the dawn light?

Is this a grave oddity?

Caught in some cobwebs,

No way back to the cemetery. If you are wise,

You’ll look to the skies and see,

I’m just a bat now, I need nothing bodily,

Because I’m queasy come, queasy... Read more of this blog post »
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If you've seen the Queen biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody," you know most of the major beats of their story (even though the screenwriter takes huge liberties with the timeline.) Here, though, is the fascinating story of Queen's pre-fame days in Cornwall. D ...more
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“When you choose to look down on something, you render yourself incapable of understanding it.”
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“The quickest way to run out of time is to think you have enough of it,”
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“Try to ensure that your acts of kindness don't become open doors of exploitation to others.”
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“Though we come and go, and pass into the shadows, where we leave behind us stories told — on paper, on the wings of butterflies, on the wind, on the hearts of others — there we are remembered, there we work magic and great change — passing on the fire like a torch — forever and forever. Till the sky falls, and all things are flawless and need no words at all.”
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