Brit Grit Alley

Brit Grit Alley features news and updates on what's happening down British crime fiction's booze and blood soaked alleyways.

By Paul D. Brazill 

Runarouuuuuuud ... Now! This week down Brit Grit Alley I interview Middlesbrough born songwriter, author and poet Alan Savage about his latest project THE TEESIDE VERSES, and some other stuff, like.

Here we go, 2,3, 4:

PDB: Can you pitch THE TEESIDE VERSES in 25 words or less? 

AS: A journey with words, a good ride, sometimes bumpy, always fun. No regrets. 

PDB: Which music, books, films or television shows have floated your boat recently? 

AS: The xx - co-exist. Good album. Book: Dark Matter - Michelle Paver - Film - Watched 'Dirty Harry' for the umpteenth time. 

PDB: Is it possible for a writer to be an objective reader?

AS:Yes, why not? 

PDB Do you have any interest in writing for films, theatre or television? 

AS: How much will it pay? 

PDB:  How much research goes into your writing? 

AS: I researched my brain for thoughts and memories for 'TheTeesside Verses'. 

PDB: How useful or important are social media for you? 

AS: It's important. But I could live without it. The modern day curse is that anyone can contact you any time. Sometimes I want to be invisible. And alone. 

PDB: What’s on the cards for 2013? 

AS: Get my quirk-punk funk band together. Possibly die my hair. Possibly start to give a damn. 

You can find out more about The Teeside Verses here at this cracking Teeside based blog, The Smell Of Water. 

And there's more of Alan's writing here at WORDSHED.


Spinetingler Award nominee Paul D. Brazill has had bits and bobs of short fiction published in various magazines and anthologies, including The Mammoth Books Of Best British Crime 8 and 10,and he has edited the anthologies True Brit Grit & Off The Record 2– with Luca Veste - and Drunk On The Moon 1 and 2. His ebooks Red Esperanto, Death On A Hot Afternoon, 13 Shots Of Noir, Vin Of Venus (with David Cranmer & Garnett Elliot ) and Snapshots are out now, and his novellas The Gumshoe and Guns Of Brixton will be out pretty damned  soon. His blog is here.