Ben Brinkburn


BRINKERS….the lowdown

Bemused poet, dog-eared liberal, aspiring literary critic, azalea cultivator, duck whisperer, old before young, young despite being old, age as a state of mind, State of Mind: unstable. Pie eater lemonade drinker erudite talker impatient listener deep space viewer aspirant spaceman…

Ben is a writer, poet and artist originally from the North East of England but after much traipsing across this and another continent he is now based in Lancashire, between the cities of Liverpool and Manchester.

Ben currently has three poetry collections available. An omnibus printed edition collecting all three volumes in one neat and tidy place will also soon be available.

In 2009 Ben’s novel ‘Do Not Fear The World, Fear Yourself’ was shortlisted for Liverpool’s Writing On The Wall Pulp Fiction prize. His work has featured recently in ‘Tales from a New Town’ [Beacon Press] and his poem ‘Subbie’ won the ‘Skelmersdale: Fifty Years as a New Town’ competition in 2012.

Ben is also working on a couple of novels and a set of pulp thrillers which will emerge later this year. Find out more about Ben if you dare, in the Smashwords interview below!

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
Well the first poetry book up is How To Be A Spaceman and it essentially is a collection of thoughts and imagery about real spacemen- and women of couse- of yore. You know, when space exploration was an adventure with proper looking rockets, laser guns and identifibly weird aliens.I've always loved science fiction, and have always had a soft spot for forties and fifties space pulp. much of the poetry in this collection is inspired by this gnere, although a darkness does creep into some of the works, which pick up on the zeitgeist of the postmodern uncertainty we seem to be weighed down with these days.

The second book Brinkverse is a more personal collection that charts a particular period in my life when I ended up living in a small apaprtment in a large town within the English M4 motorway corridor. it was a time of turmoil but also, hope and positive change- although admittedly it didn't particularly feel that way at the time!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The time seemed right. In fact i feel my writing career has been building up to this point- the stars have aligned as it were and as I became aware of this, I felt The Time Is Now.

I had had some success in competitions for both fiction and poetry and good feedback from a growing body of work, but of course as with 99% of all other writers, i had suffered the unavoidable rites of passage of building up a folder of rejection slips. Indiee publishing though loks as if it will be a definite game changer. The genie is now well and truly out of the bottle and if you take care as much care over formatting your work as you do writing it, you can't go far wrong. It also helps if you are also something of a design geek and enjoy the technicalities of compiling books. I am such a geek.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Ben Brinkburn online


How To Be A Spaceman
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,880. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Inspired by the pulp sci-fi of a more innocent age when spaceships were dependably rocket shaped, aliens were proper tentacled monsters and laser guns solved most problems, this collection of poems takes you to the final frontier...and beyond. On your journey meet DANA the love-struck ship computer, spacewalk with Neil Armstrong and Elvis Presley and on planetfall, meet your true human nature.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,280. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Mythopoetic is a collection of poetry charting the antics of an adventurous young British actor, artist and wannabe fairground roustabout trying to make sense of life and love in North America, London, Paris and- strangely- Dalmatia. Along the way love, money and sense is lost in a maelstrom of desert heat, city rain, amateur drug dealing, dodgy designer goods and porn star egos.
Kitchen Conversations
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,620. Language: English. Published: May 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
A collection of contemporary poetry charting the experiences of life on the seedier side of the street deep in the downtown of a fuzzy, industrious but out of place chunk of urban angst called Blingdon.

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