Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Valentine's Day. Love and Poetry!

I have recently been reading a book on the Victorian language of flowers, which seems frankly fraught with dangers. So here are some suggestions for your Valentine’s bouquet:

“These leaves in their sweet fragrance remind me of yourself.”
“Your attentions are unwelcome.”
“How radiantly lovely you are!”
“I have put aside worldly thoughts and shall never marry.”
White Campion:
“Meet me at dusk!”
Yellow Rose:
“I love another.”
“I regret my impetuousness. Do not take me too seriously …”

Wishing everyone all the best luck this Valentine’s!

Friday, 12 January 2018

Private Eye

Woo-hoo! Exciting news! I have a cartoon in Private Eye this week (no. 1461). And I’m even more excited about this than the two Puritans pictured:

In other news, Miserable Malcolm will be appearing at the “Turn Left at The Albert” fundraiser in Stroud on Sunday 21st of January, alongside Elvis MacGonagall, Jonny Fluffypunk, Tom Johnson and Rachel Thomas. Tickets are £10 and it starts at 7.30pm.

And, in very advance news, Miserable Malcolm will be running his very first poetry workshop, which is part of this year’s Cheltenham Poetry Festival and is entitled “Write More Depressing Poetry with Miserable Malcolm”. 

It’s on 24th April and I’m giving advance notice so that you can make sure you’re busy on that day! Or, if you're a glutton for this sort of punishment, you can book here.

Monday, 18 December 2017

Evergreen Joke and Algernon at Christmas (and Malcolm too)

Here’s a cartoon that I suppose could pass as seasonal (although, to be honest, it’s winter pretty much all year round at Hawker’s Pot):

And here are Algernon and Mavis (his X) to wish you a very Merry X-mas and remind you that there’s still time to pop The Life and Times of Algernon Swift into somebody’s stocking (but maybe not when they’re walking along).

And, lastly, Miserable Malcolm hasn’t made a huge number of appearances this year (which is probably a relief for poetry-lovers) but he promises to rectify that in 2018 and bring his unique poetry and performance wherever it is unwelcome. 
In the meantime, if you’re wondering what sort of Christmas he’ll be having, it’ll probably be a bit like this:

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Deep Snow, Puns and Derring-do

Here are Reverend Hawker and Algernon Swift stuck in the recent snowfall. (This is as near to a topical cartoon as I have managed all year.)
Christmas draws ever nigher, and in case you are looking for a present to give someone who loves PUNS, please don’t forget that TheLife and Times of Algernon Swift contains over two hundred of them, and is available from all good shops as well as online.
In other news, my new hand-made book of jokes The Weight on My Mind is now also available in Bristol from the Arnolfini Bookshop and from Sky in Clifton Village. Thank you to both of those shops for stocking it.
(It’s also available in Stroud from Made InStroud. If you don’t happen to be in either of these places please drop me a line.)
And lastly, here’s a tale of American derring-do: