Thoughts on Footballing Memoirs by Cloughie, Taylor & Banks.

Originally published in 1980 and available now for the first time in forty years, With Clough, By Taylor is the definitive account of the partnership that revolutionised English football and the trade of the football manager.

With Clough, By Taylor

Published by Biteback
A story of the early relationship of the legendary football partnership of Clough and Taylor, their playing careers, their managerial careers, and the book caps off just as the pair were enjoying success with Nottingham Forest FC. The football club where the pair lifted numerous trophies.


Published by Penguin
A fascinating insight into the early traditions of football, thoroughly well researched, and well written. The book gives a balanced view of life in Sheffield in the 1940s, society and its changes during the war, and how football was consumed, and reflected society as it was then, by the working class. You have to admire the dedication, and hard work that Gordon Banks put into training himself into the amazing goalkeeper that he was for Chesterfield, Leicester, Stoke and England. Gordon Banks gives us his experiences of that ‘66 World Cup win and the subsequent strange goings on during the ‘70 World Cup in Mexico. Astonishing read.



Here comes the Sun 🌞 Book Birthday


I wasn’t going to celebrate this, but then I usually try to avoid such things, like celebrating my own birthday, and publishing your own book is an achievement, so my poetry chapbook Here comes the Sun is one today! I spent a large part of June in 2017 working on this chapbook, before uploading the file onto Createspace. The poems were written whilst I was travelling in 2016. I left home, my boyfriend and I were travelling, living in hotels, and having a good time. The book has gotten some great reviews from readers. I value reviews so much. The feedback helps me to be a better writer, and on days I am not motivated can really raise spirit.

I also want to thank Jennifer Patino for her review of my other book La La Love.

La La Love hands out small poetic doses with each turn of the page. Katie Lewington’s voice and style are enough to cause an addiction. This collection is personal, but doesn’t give away all of the poet’s secrets. Instead the reader is presented with beautiful skimmings of surfaces until the closing lines of each poem, where Lewington successfully brings our minds to a much deeper climax. Excellent poetry.

I am now going to talk about my writing routine.


I have usually written my poems, ad hoc in most cases, and when I see a theme emerging I work on compiling those poems. With Here comes the Sun that theme was travel. I had the poems all handwritten, and I started to edit the the poems, and to try to put them in an order that made them sit comfortably into the context of the book. I didn’t want to put, for example, two poems about the beach together that would have not moved the reader in the same way if they had read them two, three poems apart.
There was one poem, which I liked, that I cut from Here comes the Sun. I didn’t feel it had enough substance to it. These decisions have to be done, but they are not easy. Editing is a difficult part of the process. As I get older I see the value in doing so, and orchestrating the book in a way it will get the right emotional responses from its reader.
I then get the completed book read by my boyfriend. He’s so smart, and knows about everything, so I feel my poetry is in safe hands. I wait for a yay or nay (his feedback is literally that succinct) With his support I feel more confident about my new book.
I think any writer feels a bit fragile after writing their book. Best to have a short nap afterwards.
That is pretty much it, compiling, editing, and feedback. Of course, the time between steps can be weeks, months, or years. I tend to procrasinate around the editing part. That’s where a lot of the living happens and I have to make the time inbetween that to work on my writing: fixing errors, changing titles, making sense of my scribbles etc.
It can be lonely as well. For all of social medias faults it has made it easier for writers to confab with each other about their craft, which I think is pretty awesome.

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An interview with Jeremy Boyd @sp1it author of I wanna be Petty I will be Great






1, First of all, tell us a little about you Jeremy.

Born and raised in Frederick, Maryland. No one in kindergarten pronounced my name correctly – they all said “Germy.” I’m 25 now, a substitute teacher, a soccer coach & a poet.

2, Now tell us about your chapbook I wanna be petty // I will be great, which was published by Ghost City Press in December 2017, and the process of writing it?

Well the title of the book came from a lyric I wrote from a song called “Talking to Myself.” It feels like a koan to me. Something I should repeat to myself when I’m caught up in a situation. I also think it has a certain appeal to the high schoolers I substitute for. It feels like their language speaking through me in a way. I get a lot of questions as a sub for high schoolers, about who I am and what I do. They’re infinitely curious and I guess I thought I wanted to give them a vague idea of who I am and what I’ve done…at least looking back that’s what it feels like I tried to do with this book. But it was also a blur. I think I sent Kevin a manuscript within like a week of them confirming interest. It was assembled quickly and I can’t say I love all the poems equally but it felt less coy and more playful than some of my other recent writing. Right before the book came out I found out that the long long poem at the end of the book was being published by Metatron and I was also taking a class with D. Watkins (who was extremely motivational) and it just felt like this momentum was building up in my life and I wasn’t just a grad student with a vague goal.

3, Could you share a small piece of your writing, a line, or two, that you think best sums up your book?

“fuck inspirational suffering
how am I supposed to know if an artist is good”

4, What is it you have learnt about yourself from writing this book?

That I love to shift perspectives as often as possible.

5, How did the opportunity to publish with Ghost City Press come about, and what have your experiences been of working with them?

I closely followed the micro-chapbook series Ghost City did last summer. There were some brilliant little flames all throughout. It felt refreshing to me to read things that were brisk – I had been terrorizing myself to write a long poem or a full collection, but soon felt envious of the idea of publishing something sweet and to-the-point. I contacted GCP via Twitter (of course) and they were very kind and offered to read things I had written. A short while later they responded by asking me to do a chapbook and I very happily accepted. Ghost City seems to embody their name quite well. They can feel like ghosts, in the sense that they give you proper distance to create whatever you envision – they do not pressure you, they never go out of their way to make you overly aware that they’re watching you. And like a city in the sense that they have a growing network of outstanding, emerging poets. They’ve talked me through how to get my book into stores and have been supportive publicly on social media. I haven’t really worked directly with anyone other than Kevin (@KevinBertolero) but he’s been an absolute saint & I don’t hesitate to assume that everyone else aboard follows suit. Can’t wait to represent them at Whale Prom in March!

6, How does it feel to be able to say that you’re now the author of a book?

In front of my family it feels great, but privately I don’t think this has been my best example of writing.

7, What are your inspirations, and the influences, on your writing?

Lisa Robertson. Lisa Robertson. Steve Roggenbuck, Alice Notley, Rachel B. Glaser, Graham Faust, Jos Charles, Plath, Anne Sexton, Asaad, Young Thug, my friends (especially Joey & Seth), manuel arturo abreu, Tommy Pico, hearing poetry allowed, picturing my feet kicking a soccer ball on very green grass, Mr. Robot, Atlanta, Bloodline, podcasts, too much driving, too much Twitter.

8, What are your ambitions for 2018 (doesn’t have to be writing related, can be personal)

Well, to start with writing-related: more performances. It would be nice to be published more, but I don’t need to be. Also want to keep an audio journal of my experiences as a writer.

Want to save more money. Travel to a new US city. Compile a cookbook of friend & family dishes. Take summer courses. No more speeding tickets! Try to sweat more. Read bigger books.

Thank you Jeremy for taking the time to answer my questions!


If you want to buy your own copy of I wanna be Petty I will be Great you can do so from Ghost City Press. The chapbook is currently on sale, and only $5


Click on the cover image to be taken to the publisher’s website.