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Yes, Blind People Read Books. We Write Them, Too.

Hello readers everywhere.

First, I’d like you to read this. Then, I dare you to share it.

It is about time someone adjusted the attitudes of many.

Yes, Blind People Read Books. We Write Them, Too.

Laurie Alice Eakes  Reprinted from the HUFFINGTON POST

“Windy, let’s get some coffee,” I suggested, in need of an iced latte.

My Seeing Eye dog swerved right, tension through the harness  increasing as she skirted a corral of outdoor tables. She knew exactly  where she was going, eager for the praise and pats she’d receive when  we reached the door.

Knowing to head for my favorite coffee shop just because I suggested  it is not part of Windy’s training, and if anyone had heard me, a  common misconception would’ve been satisfied.

“My daughter is going blind, but she doesn’t need a dog, because she  already…

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A Lady Who’s Name Is Brass

A lady who’s name is Brass

Has a heart fragile as glass.

When I criticised her art

Her tears did start

And her friends all called me crass!

Competition to win a free audio download of “The Writer’s Pen and Other Poems”

The competition to win a free audio download of my book, “The Writer’s Pen and Other Poems” closes at 5 pm today (Friday 7 December UK time). As of 6:30 am I have received no entries to the competition. If you would like to enter please contact me by 5 pm today. Many thanks, Kevin


To celebrate the release of the audio edition of “The Writer’s Pen and Other Poems”, on 29 November, (, I am offering 2 free copies of the audio edition to readers who are based in the United Kingdom. I hope to run a similar offer for readers elsewhere in the near future.

The rules:

  1. There are 2 free audio downloads of “The Writer’s Pen and Other Poems” available to readers based in the UK.
  2. The first 2 people to email me with the correct answer to the question posed at the end of this post will receive a promotional code enabling them to download my book free from
  3. Emails should be sent to newauthoronline (at) gmail dot com with the subject line “competition to win an audio download of The Writer’s Pen”. Please note, the email address is rendered thus to defeat spammers!
  4. Please do not provide…

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How to request that your book is added to the catalogue of theUnited Kingdom’s National Poetry Library

If you are a UK-based poet, did you know that you can ask the National Poetry Library to consider adding your works to their catalogue. To find out how to request that the Library consider adding your work, please see below.

Having published “The Writer’s Pen and Other Poems”, on 3 September 2018, contacting The National Poetry Library is on my list of things to do. (You can find “The Writer’s Pen” here,

“My poetry book is published. How do I make sure the library has a copy?

Firstly check our catalogue to make sure we don’t already have a copy.

If it’s not there, please bear in mind that we receive 200-300 new items every month and are unable to accept everything that is sent for the collection.

The Acquisitions Panel meet regularly to consider submissions.

For your book to be considered, please send in a copy including a return address; the librarians will consider it and respond to you.

Please send one book at a time. We have standing orders with most of the UK poetry publishers.

If you are a new publisher who would like to submit your books please get in touch.

We are primarily concerned with collecting UK and Irish publications so please contact us before sending publications from overseas.

Please get in touch”.



When a journalist by the name of Lee

When a journalist by the name of Lee

Wrote a story about me

I threatened to sue

But my lawyer, named Lou

Said, “but sir, every word of it is true!”.

Why AI won’t work. Probably.

While one can never say never, I think that Matthew may well be correct.

Matthew Wright

One of the main tropes of science fiction has to be the self-aware robot or computer – one mobile, the other not, but both presented as self-aware and able to think as we do, although often better.

I think, therefore I am a slide rule.

Often, Frankenstein-style, the AI develops malevolence. That was a trope long before HAL; virtually all of Asimov’s robot stories from the 1940s onwards were designed to counter the notion of the AI turning on its creators. Asimov’s answer – which, apparently, was proposed to him by John W. Campbell – were the ‘laws of robotics’ in which machines simply couldn’t harm humans.

Inevitably, these laws didn’t work, and Asimov knew it; a lot of his stories involved finding ways that the laws failed. He spelled out the main point of failure in one of the final robot novels: all the builder had to do was…

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