Martin Kielty's blog

mardale
Jul 0
Jul 0

The ghosts of Mardale Green rise again

I’ve been fascinated by recent coverage of the water shortage in Cumbria leading to the rediscovery of an abandoned village. Mardale Green was evacuated in 1937 before the area was flooded to create a reservoir to supply the city of Manchester. After a final service in the church, and the disinterment of 97 bodies in the […]

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Apr 0
Apr 0

The User’s Guide to Perpetual Motion 3: The First Elder

Existence is movement, and even the smallest, seemingly insignificant events can change the direction of a life for ever. The User’s Guide to Perpetual Motion is a series of relatively small incidents – entirely fictional – designed for me to explore character motivations and reactions and for you, hopefully, to enjoy. –––––––––– Garallion stood on the bridge, […]

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Apr 0
Apr 0

The User’s Guide to Perpetual Motion 2: The Joy of Painting

Existence is movement, and even the smallest, seemingly insignificant events can change the direction of a life for ever. The User’s Guide to Perpetual Motion is a series of relatively small incidents – entirely fictional – designed for me to explore character motivations and reactions and for you, hopefully, to enjoy. –––––––––– “I hope this doesn’t make […]

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Apr 0
Apr 0

The User’s Guide to Perpetual Motion 1: Wages Day

Existence is movement, and even the smallest, seemingly insignificant events can change the direction of a life for ever. The User’s Guide to Perpetual Motion is a series of relatively small incidents – entirely fictional – designed for me to explore character motivations and reactions and for you, hopefully, to enjoy. –––––––––– It felt like […]

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Apr 0
Apr 0

Me in the media

Highlights of my work, including writing, television, radio, music and theatre output… ––––– May Rock news articles for the month including Dave Grohl, Extreme, Ozzy Osbourne, Ghost, Devo, Nick Mason and more 29/05 – Stv2 Live at Five chat show appearance 25/05 – Revisiting Anthrax’s John Bush era (Ultimate Classic Rock) 25/05 – Keith Moon’s final […]

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BStv
Apr 0
Apr 0

The Beatstalkers – publication day

April 12, 2018 has been a long time coming. When I first spoke to Alan Mair in 2006, during research for another book, he told me about the events of June 11, 1965, that set his band The Beatstalkers onto a rollercoaster ride. When a free, open-air show in Glasgow’s George Square attracted 7000 people […]

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bspic
Apr 0
Apr 0

The Beatstalkers – sneak preview

My 17th book, The Beatstalkers: Scotland’s Number 1 Beat Group, is published on April 12 at a launch party in The Clutha, Glasgow. It will be available in limited-edition hardback and standard paperback editions, with worldwide availability. Here’s a brief extract from the story, which takes place just as the Beatstalkers were beginning to build […]

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phones at concerts
Mar 0
Mar 0

I want to use my phone at gigs.. I just don’t want anyone else to

I’m beginning to agree with those who think that phones might actually destroy live music. In the past I didn’t really have a problem with people shooting wee video clips and checking themselves into venues, and keeping in touch with their mates during the show. After all, it’s a social experience, and everyone’s entitled to […]

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bspic
Mar 0
Mar 0

My 17th book: The Beatstalkers, out next month

THE BEATSTALKERS: Scotland’s Number 1 Beat Group Scotland’s first-ever pop stars tell their story in official book, including their rise to fame, working with David Bowie, the Kinks and others, and how they managed to stay friends as the music industry tried to crush them. By band members David Lennox (vocals), Alan Mair (bass), Ronnie Smith (guitar), Eddie […]

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Dec 0
Dec 0

Me in the media

Highlights of my work, including writing, television, radio, music and theatre output… Ultimate Classic Rock articles, December 2017 – Dream Theater, Bruce Dickinson, Dire Straits, Robert Plant, Dio, Judas Priest, Metallica and more Diffuser.fm articles, December 2017 – Noel Gallagher, Liam Gallagher, Josh Homme, Chris Cornell, Tears for Fears, Tom DeLonge, Morrissey and more Dec […]

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