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November 11, 2020

NEW INTERVIEW!

The Gulag Village Green by Harry Whitewolf They're Making It Up As They Go Along by Harry Whitewolf Many thanks to my mate Jason at the Gnome Appreciation Society for asking me to do this interview with him. We talk about my new books They're Making It Up As They Go Along and The Gulag Village Green, Red Dwarf, the 11:11 Phenomenon, and much more!

Check it out here: https://felcherman.wordpress.com/2020...

Cheers!
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Published on November 11, 2020 07:51 Tags: 11-11, 11-11-phenomenon, 1111, 1111-phenomenon, 2020, books, harry-whitewolf, the-gulag-village-green

November 5, 2020

The Gulag Village Green - NEW BOOK OUT NOW!

55811271. sy475 The village green’s bandstand and benches are wrapped in black-and-yellow police tape. Joggers and dog walkers are only allowed out twice a day. Schools are closed down. People wear masks and stay separated every time they leave their homes, while others are locked inside buildings. Curfews are in place. Marshals patrol the streets. Cops break up wedding parties. The government encourages people to snitch on their neighbours. And new draconian laws are introduced at the drop of a hat so the police can control everyone more, while the army is on stand-by and the media attempts to incite a race war. Sounds like the blurb for a bad Hollywood movie, right?

Well, as we all know, it’s actually the reality of 2020.

The virus and the lockdowns are here, during a year of censorship, protests and division, and British poet Harry Whitewolf has never felt so conflicted. You see, he cares deeply about people’s health, but he also cares deeply about human rights; which seem to have died overnight with hardly anyone protesting against it. And Harry vehemently believes in standing up against racism and transphobia, but he also believes in standing up against the calls for censorship and word-control coming from some in the BLM and trans communities. The right and the left are becoming indistinguishable, capitalism and democracy are crumbling to pave the way for a technocratic future, free speech is dying, people are calling for more and more tyrannical laws to be introduced, mandatory vaccinations are on the way, and Harry’s had enough of it all.

There’s a lot of anger amongst the poems and prose of The Gulag Village Green, but there’s also the usual Whitewolf wit, wordplay, and call for peace, amongst a number of other writings on worldly and personal themes.

It’s time to stop dividing, see through the bullshit, and come out on the other side in a better, more caring, and more loving place, before the village green bunting is permanently replaced with barbed wire.

Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/Gulag-Village-...

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gulag-Villag...

Many thanks for your interest.

Peace and blessings to you all.

Harry.

UPDATE: The Gulag Village Green is number one in British poetry on Amazon.com. Thanks to everyone who's grabbed a copy!

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October 16, 2020

They're Making It Up As They Go Along - NEW BOOK OUT NOW!

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Everyone needs a bit of silliness in their lives, especially this year. So, if you’re in the mood for some silly literary shenanigans, check out They're Making It Up As They Go Along, the new novella by me and Daniel Clausen

Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/Theyre-Making-...

Amazon.co.uk: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Theyre-Makin...

Here’s the blurb to let you know what this experimental project is all about:

When Harry and Daniel begin writing a book without a plot, they begin to lose the plot. Even though there isn’t one to begin with.

In the pages of They’re Making It Up As They Go Along, the two authors are literally making it up as they go along. The concept for this experimental book was simple: Harry Whitewolf and Daniel Clausen would start writing a book without having any idea what it was going to be about whatsoever. Each would take it in turn to write a section; a sort of literary version of a drawing consequences game.

You’re sure to enjoy the hilarious and rollicking ride of the writers creating a purely do-it-for-fun and highly imaginative novella that is stuffed full with robots, distant planets, rotten sushi, multi-dimensional travel, philosophical musings, big dollops of comedy, and a dildo that plays Barry White songs.



Many thanks!

Harry.
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Published on October 16, 2020 06:34 Tags: book, daniel-clausen, experimental, fucking-ace, funnu, harry-whitewolf, humor, humour, sci-fi, science-fiction

February 2, 2020

BROKEN ALBION - OUT NOW!


My first book of new poetry since 2017’s Underdogs Unite is now out!

Broken Albion

Harry Whitewolf’s straight-talking ninth poetry book takes a satirical, logical, humorous, and opinionated look at the contemporary UK Brexit-led political and cultural landscape, and imagines a world beyond division, where having compassion for one another is more important than flags.

Check out my performance of the title poem on my website: https://www.harrywhitewolf.com/

And a performance of the poem You Can Count on the Cunts on Soundcloud

Also, I’m pretty chuffed to have seen Broken Albion reach number 5 in Amazon UK’s British and Irish Poetry yesterday, on its first day of availability. And it was Amazon UK’s number 1 Hot New Releases in the same category! Yee-ha!



Paperback and Kindle editions available.

Kindle:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

Paperback:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

Thank you for your support!
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January 16, 2020

NEW BOOK - COMING SOON!

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Only a few weeks ago, I had no intention of publishing a new poetry book this year. I mean, how could I? For one thing, I didn’t have any poems.

After I wrote the poems of Underdogs Unite nearly three years ago, my muse left me. And I’m one of those people who can’t write if I sit down and try. I just have to wait for inspiration to come. It’s either here or it isn’t, and for a long time now, my creative writing has mostly been on pause.

But that doesn’t mean I don’t still write the odd poem every now and then. So, I looked back at the few I’d written over the last year or so and discovered they were actually much better than I had remembered. I’d also written a few poems over the UK election period in December, and they seemed to go hand in hand with my others. Before I knew it, I was putting the poems together, finding a common thread and purpose, and writing a plethora of spanking brand-new poems in a very short amount of time. I’ve not had that kind of short-burst flash of inspiration since writing my first poetry release New Beat Newbie back in 2015. And it’s actually been great to feel that creative buzz again.

I also discovered I was writing on a topic I thought I’d never write about in detail: bloody Brexit. Like everyone else, I’d become completely bored of the constant fiasco, and after the Tories overwhelmingly won the recent election, I felt more disillusioned about politics and the hope for change perhaps more than ever before. It seems as though my anger at that situation, and the last few years of British politics, had been boiling away in the back of my mind, and it needed to be unleashed. And so, my new poetry book Broken Albion was born. Not that it solely focuses on Brexit, but it’s certainly the central theme.

It seems fitting to release the book on the 31st January 2020 - the withdrawal date of the UK leaving the EU. So, watch this space.
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December 31, 2019

Another Year...

“Christ on a bike! That Harry Whitewolf geezer has posted a new blog post,” says someone in Harry’s Goodreads feed upon seeing his new blog post. “I’d forgotten all about that fella. He used to be making wise-ass remarks, creating bad puns, reviewing indie books, damning the establishment, slagging off gnomes, and causing all sorts of mischief all the time on Goodreads. But he hasn’t shown his face much for ages… Er, not that Harry’s ever shown his face much… He must think he’s bloody Banksy. Yeah, I’d forgotten all about the infamous Whitewolf. I thought he was dead, to be honest.”

Well, thank you, imaginary reader. As is the fickle way of social media, I dare say I have been forgotten by some, as I’ve barely been on Goodreads this past year. So, seeing as this new year thingamy is upon us, I thought I’d poke my snout out of my smoky flat and say hello to all of my Goodreads buddies who I’ve been neglecting. There are so many of you who I still think about often and love dearly, but who I’ve not been in touch with for ages. So, I hope you’re all still tickety-boo and kicking arse.

There’s no great mystery as to why I’ve not been on Goodreads (the only social media platform I use, by the way) that much this last year. As is the way of social media, people ebb and flow to and fro at different times. The main reason for my absence is simply: work. But that’s a good thing. It was two years ago that I bit the bullet and decided to try to make a full-time living out of my freelance writing and illustration work, and since then, it’s been an up-and-down path that’s now started to straighten out and prosper. I’m proud of myself that I’ve managed to build up a little business I can do from home, and I’ve written blog posts and online content for several established websites and some well-known brands, and I’ve provided illustrations for books, charities, and other ventures. I’ve learnt a lot in the last two years. But writing and online-researching day in day out has meant my creative writing has suffered and I’ve wanted to spend less time online during my spare time.

Anyway, I wasn’t as absent from Goodreads as much I may have made out. Looking back on 2019, I did manage to achieve the three following things:

1. Back in February, I wrote a Goodreads blog post entitled “No New Book Not Out Now” in which I announced “The latest unexciting news at camp Whitewolf is I have no new book coming out and it’s not coming out soon.” This was a satirical backlash piece inspired by the everyday blog posts we all encounter from Goodreads authors, including myself, announcing the arrival of their new books. What I hadn’t expected was for people to think I actually had a new book out. Some even asked me if they could have a review copy. (You know who you are.)

2. In April, I was still in prankster mood, as I posted a blog post entitled “GOODREADS IS SHUTTING DOWN!” in which I asked my fellow Goodreaders if they had heard the news that our favourite social media site was about to shut up shop. Thankfully my trick worked, as I sent several people into panic before they realised I had posted my piece on April 1st. Sorry.

3. In May, I actually released a book! It was a very low-key release, as PRIMORDIAL YOUTH - The Early Poems: '96 - '99 is a book for the core Whitewolf fans only. I wasn’t sure what the reaction would be like to me releasing a book of my very early, depressive poetry that isn’t as accomplished as my later stuff, so I was pleased to see reviewers being so enthusiastic about it.

And I did manage to actually read some books in 2019! But I read less last year than I have in frigging ages, so that needs to be rectified this coming year. Without a doubt, my top three Goodreads author books released in 2019 were:
1) Broke
2) Sea of Glass
3) Vaccine Science Revisited: Are Childhood Immunizations As Safe As Claimed?

You should all read all three.

Thankfully nothing significant occurred in UK politics this year. Oh, except for the little matter of the rise of far-right, slogan-based, lie-spinning, “fact checking”, Dominic-Cummings-run politics and the downfall of the socialist movement due to outrageous smear campaigns, propaganda and media bias which has caused me and many others to suffer a great depression from which we may never recover. At least my Muslim-hating, Brexit-loving, neighbour is over the moon at the Conservative landslide.

I’d like to take a moment to genuinely thank Jeremy Corbyn for all he has done. (“Who?” ask the non-Brits.) I never thought there’d be a leader of a mainstream party who I could believe in as much as ol’ Jez. You brought hope back. And you made people start talking about the issues that really matter, on a mainstream platform. Thank you.

You can disagree with Corbyn all you like, but if you disagree with his slogan “For the Many, Not the Few”, you can fuck off.

On that note… In 2020, I suggest you (and I) put empathy and compassion into everything you do and everything you are… Including having compassion and love for the bigots, as hard as that may seem. They need it the most. Love, humour, communication and education can bring about change. Having only hatred doesn’t do anyone any good. Whether you’re on the right or the left, if you have hatred in your heart, it’s time to let it go.

Peace and blessings to one and all. May you all prosper in 2020.

Harry.
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Published on December 31, 2019 09:06 Tags: books, election, happy-new-year, harry-whitewolf, jeremy-corbyn, updates

May 21, 2019

PRIMORDIAL YOUTH - New Book Out Now!

PRIMORDIAL YOUTH - The Early Poems: '96 - '99 PRIMORDIAL YOUTH - The Early Poems: '96 - '99 - OUT NOW!

Poems (and paintings) from the fragile mind of a messed-up young man battling with depression.


This book’s my equivalent of a scratchy-sounding bootleg early-recordings album. I don’t even feel as though I wrote the poems in this book, as they were penned at the height of my depression between the ages of twenty and twenty-three. (I’m now an old codger of forty-three.) The poems are presented in their original typewriter-written form on scraps of paper; spelling mistakes, warts and all.


Unlike my other books, Primordial Youth is only available as a paperback edition and only available from Amazon. However, if you would like a free pdf copy in exchange for an honest review, then just let me know.




Get a copy:
Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1093959002/...
Amazon.co.uk: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/109395900...

Thanks, as ever, to everyone’s continued support of my work. Peace and blessings to you all.
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Published on May 21, 2019 10:22 Tags: book, early-poems, harry-whitewolf, poetry, primordial-youth

May 14, 2019

A Review of Invasion Not Imminent

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Coley Portions is a good mate of mine who I’ve known for many years. He’s the original “indie artist”. Musician. Writer. Poet. Comedy writer and performer. Children’s author. Visual Artist. Doodler. Circus skills performer. Costume-wearer. The list goes on. Anyone who’s ever known Coley will tell you he’s the most creative person they’ve ever met.

Although some of his work has been floating around on YouTube and other online platforms for a while, it is only recently that he’s started to add his immense back catalogue of albums, artworks, writings etc. to this ‘ere interweb thingy. Hopefully that means more and more people will start to find out about the genius of Coley Portions. Starting with this ‘ere book!

So… on to the book: “Invasion Not Imminent”; Coley Portions' first official book release. What is this book? Quite simply, it’s a book of doodles, drawings and poems from Coley’s many sketchbooks. All of which contain a good dose of Coley’s unmistakable humour. If I had to liken the works in this book to well-known names, I guess it would be a combination of Vic Reeves, Noel Fielding, Ted Chippington, Spike Milligan and Tim Vine (“Who?” ask the non-Brits reading this review), but above all, Coley Portions is doing his own thing. As he always has and always will.

In “Invasion Not Imminent” you will find a drawing of some grave stones, each one engraved with names and dates like: “Beryl Patel: 1905 – 2006” and “Beryl Chopra: 1900 – 2008”. You’ll then read the caption underneath that says: “Ancient Indian Beryl Site.”

In “Invasion Not Imminent” you will find a drawing captioned “Misheard L.P. Titles”. The drawing displays an Oat Cake Commuter.

In “Invasion Not Imminent” you will find poems about Coley’s favourite cup, “why did the dodo die dad?”, a “grotty, mottled bottle (that) was spotted bobbling by a yacht” and gardening with Socrates and The Fonz.

You’ll also find a retaliation against Comic Sans font snobbery, a badger on a ladder, Jesus walking on the warthog and Bellender Carlisle. I guarantee you this book will have you smiling from start to finish.

This book is only available as a handmade copy from Coley Portions himself. Get a copy here: https://coleyportions.wordpress.com/d...

Check out Coley Portions’ new album “All Those Ghastly Cavities” here: https://coleyportions1.bandcamp.com/a...

And if you’re in the UK and happen to be going to Blyth Power Festival this year (2019), then be sure to check out Coley’s gig.

Oh, and one more thing. Be sure to check out John Cooper Clarke reading Coley Portions' poem “Politicow” here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yK_il...

(Yes, when Coley met John Cooper Clarke last year, he had the audacity to ask Cooper Clarke to read his poem! Me? Jealous? Nah…)
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Published on May 14, 2019 12:16 Tags: book, coley-portions, doodles, drawings, poetry

April 2, 2019

NEW POETRY RECORDINGS ON SOUNDCLOUD

Underdogs Unite by Harry Whitewolf Check out these three new performances of poems from my book Underdogs Unite:

NOTFLIX AND CHILLS: https://soundcloud.com/harry-whitewol...

THE MODERN CAESARS: https://soundcloud.com/harry-whitewol...

SELFIE: https://soundcloud.com/harry-whitewol...

Hope you enjoy. :)
Many thanks!
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Published on April 02, 2019 09:34 Tags: harry-whitewolf, poems, poetry, soundcloud, underdogs-unite

April 1, 2019

GOODREADS IS SHUTTING DOWN!

OMG! Have you guys heard the news? Goodreads will soon be no more! Following in the footsteps of Google Plus, it has been announced today that Amazon is planning to shut down its Goodreads site; due to the fact that not enough people read books nowadays. So, what am I and all of the other thousands of authors (and readers) supposed to do now? Reviews of our books, our reviews of others’ books, blog posts, author profiles, groups, sarcastic comments, fake ratings, uploaded photos of members’ snazzy new bookcases for people to ooh and ahh over… all of it will be gone! Forever! I’m in such a state of disbelief, I’ve had to pinch and punch myself.

And what a date to choose to announce the news!
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Published on April 01, 2019 04:29 Tags: april-1, goodreads, shut-down