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I was at first rather excited by the number of visits to my web-site made by people in Thailand: Volapük and railway-building had clearly made it big in S.E.Asia! (Elephants were a given) Alas, I then stumbled across the truth, which was the existence of freelance journalist Andrew Drummond, who was until recently based in Thailand. His investigations have made him a lot of highly-placed enemies and he has now been forced to relocate himself and his family to safer ground. Anyway, if you have strayed by accident into the wrong web-site, please feel free to stay and browse; but if you're in a hurry, click here to visit Andrew's web-site
- and goodbye again. Come again soon.
I am a native of Edinburgh: that says much, but not everything. I studied Modern Languages at Aberdeen University and at the University of London wrote a post-graduate thesis on the German Radical Reformation. Having returned from exile in London many years ago, I now live in Edinburgh and worked until very recently for Midlothian Council.
Throughout the long days of my working-life, I was a software engineer and database designer by trade ... Ah, but by night ... I am a barely tolerated writer of slightly dodgy fiction, and will talk about my writing to anyone who makes the mistake of sounding politely interested.
I write because I can very rarely find a good book to read; between times, I worry about the state of humanity, and wish my writing could change the world.
A WELCOMING RANT OR TWO
Writing - a distraction, or a weapon?
You have to ask, when you look around the current literary scene, just what it is that allows writers of good conscience to keep strictly to irrelevancies. All around, the world is going to wrack and ruin. The Middle Ages, to some extent, have returned to the Middle East - and that's being harsh on the Middle Ages in the Middle East, which were a bright beacon in the darkness of human history, full of writers, scientists and artists. Anyway, I digress... The leaders of the world seem incapable of resolving the utter hell they have introduced to Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan; are completely out of their depth when it comes to runaway climate-change; and more interested in short-terms popularity gains than long-term fixes. Still, that's 21st century capitalism for you. Meanwhile the writers of the western world (and for all I know, the eastern world as well) continue to churn out cosy little murder-mysteries, novels exploring bourgeois angst, divertimenti
of one sort or another. Is it not time for authors and publishers to grow up (and I include myself in that sweeping condemnation)? In the past, writing has shown itself to be a force for good, a weapon in the right hands. Will no one speak for the millions who suffer under the barbarity of world politics and a skewed economy? Is there a readership who might be interested? Will today's books have any meaning at all if sea-levels rise and the remaining dry land collapses into some kind of Apocalypse?
I'm only asking...
I saw in the shops the paperback edition of Andrew Davidson's The Gargoyle
. This is not the place to put forward my view of the book - we authors should stick together, even if we are appalled by each other's works. Suffice it to say that I was much astonished and greatly amused to read on the back of this edition an extract from a review from The Observer: 'Wildly imaginative...It's bound to be an international bestseller.'
The only problem is that the original review in The Observer read as follows: '...undoubtedly a wildly imaginative collage of stories, but it is almost certainly one of the worst pieces of writing you will come across this year.... A truly pedestrian effort that would have benefited from some serious editorial debridement. It's bound to be an international bestseller.'
It does make you wonder, doesn't it? Or am I just naive? (Don't answer that)
- A Chronicle of the World 1840-1893 in: Writing Wrongs (Canongate 2002)
- Dr Calvin's Grand Illuminated Bestial Pleasure Dome in: Unfit for Eden, Postcripts Anthology 26/27 (PS Publishing 2012)
- The Providential Preservation of the Universal Bibliographic Repository in: Memoryville Blues, Postcripts Anthology 30/31 (PS Publishing 2013)
- One Hundred Thousand Demons and the Cherub of Desire in: Far Voyager, Postcripts Anthology 32/33 (PS Publishing 2014)
Translations from German
- Engels - Letters on Capital (New Park, London 1983)
- Oskar Hippe - And Red is the Colour of Our Flag (Index Books, London 1991)
- An essay by Udo Gehrmann: 'Trotsky and the Russian Social-Democratic Controversy over comparative revolutionary history' in: Brotherstone & Dukes (eds), The Trotsky Reappraisal (Edinburgh University Press 1992)
Articles on the Thomas Müntzer and the German Reformation, in:
- Archiv für Reformationsgeschichte, Volume 71, Gütersloh 1980
- The 16th Century Journal, Volume 10 (No.2), Minnesota 1979
Article on Sir Thomas Urquhart and Universal Languages in:
- Sir Thomas Urquhart of Cromarty: 400th Anniversary Conference papers (ed A.F.Thomson), Cromarty 2011
I was interviewed, by email, by Jim Henry of the Esperanto movement in the USA - click here to read the interview.
HOW TO CONTACT ME
If you are truly, truly desperate to discuss matters relating to International Language, Tie-Collections, Railways, or Elephants (carnivorous and otherwise); or are one of Mrs. Cochrane's insulted descendants; or if you wish merely to take strong exception to my short-stories; then you may e-mail me.
My email address...
to fool those nasty spamming cyber-bots : take
- my first name (4 letters),
- put in the usual @-sign
- then, tack on the main part of my website name (andy****mond.net). That should do it.
Or by the Penny Post
You may be able to contact me through the publishers of my first four books, Polygon
, or write nicely to them at:
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