Monthly Archives: September 2010

A Few Thoughts On…Jeremy Vine


7th October 2010


The Poplar Tree is about to get all BBC 2 and boring, but only because it’s National Poetry Day on Thursday 7th October…

Where The Poplar Tree has its day job, there isn’t much radio coverage and the choice is limited to: XFM Manchester, Galaxy FM, Dad Rock Manchester and BBC Radio 2. While pricing up some Irish prices for a catalogue the other week, I found myself listening to Florence and The Machine on XFM for what must have been the billionth time, so I tuned into BBC Radio 2 instead. Boring? Maybe not. Continue reading


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Adam Buxton: BUG at the Greenwich Comedy Festival 2010

Adam Buxton, the bearded half of comedy duo, Adam and Joe, made an appearance at last Sunday’s Greenwich Comedy Festival where he hosted BUG: The Evolution of the Music Video. The unique event was held in a Big Top at the Greenwich Naval College where some of Buxton’s favourite contemporary music videos were played to an audience of around 500 people. BUG was set up in 2007 to showcase the best talents in music video making and shows are regularly held at the British Film Institute (BFI). BUG features artists such as OK Go, Hold Your Horses, Radiohead, Grizzly Bear and animations by creators like Chris Salt and Cyriak. Continue reading

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The Renegade Writer: A Totally Unconventional Guide to Freelance Success

In The Renegade Writer, (Marion Street Press, 2003) Linda Formichelli and Diana Burrell reveal insider information on how to crack the freelance magazine market in America. Their rule breaking exposes some of the myths surrounding freelancing such as:  Don’t Quit Your Day Job, Don’t Share Leads With Other Writers and Keep Editorial Relations Strictly Business. The Renegade Writer acts as an informal guide on how to break these rules and it’s not quite as ‘Renegade’ as the title suggests, there are no instances of the writers blackmailing their editors to get into print for instance. Although the book is solely concerned with cracking the American freelance market, it does contain a lot of info that’s relevant to aspiring writers here on the other side of the Atlantic. Continue reading

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