Mark Binmore (born 1971) is a British novelist, author of Now Is Not The Time For Trumpets and many other books. In 2015 Mark was ranked one of Britain’s 100 new influential gay and lesbian writers It was declared that ‘he is widely regarded as one of Britain’s most promising novelists, quite regardless of sexuality’. Some of the novels by Mark Binmore are engaged in the excavation of secret histories in the teasing out and restoration of events that have taken place beneath the surface of society. Mark was the subject of Tour De Europa (2015) a book by Chris Henson who followed Mark on his book tour and wrote an observational account of a new author on the road. A further book detailing his 2016 American book tour is set to be published December 2016 under the title – Versus America.
Now Is Not The Time For Trumpets (2014) is a fictional memoir of a beautiful, bright young thing Stephen Wallingford. Flitting between the past and present, an account of loss, love, regret is explained through the means of an interview. The book was nominated for two international book awards and is currently being adapted for the stage. A Life Of Parties (2015) takes up one character featured in Trumpets, Agatha Dewsbury and her life story is presented as a fictional biography. In her short life, Agatha Dewsbury changed from a suburban daughter to a darling of the newspaper gossip pages only to be scandalized and shamefully snubbed and ignored by friends and common folk alike. Both Trumpets and Parties were published together in one special edition Simply Divine (2015).
A Sorta Fairytale (2015) brings together his complete collection of short stories and prose with new liner notes. The collection features all works previously published in Even When Tonight Is Over (2010), The Hair Of The Hound (2011), Hounds Of Winter (2013) Jig Of Life (2014) Soon Before The Sun (2014) and Ember Asleep (2014). Jig Of Life was published in USA and Canada as The J.
Take Down The Flags (2016) gives stories, poems and memories from May 1945 and has reflections of war from both sides, a chance to look back, to echo on a period of conflict., to laugh, to cry, to relive the pain, the sorrow and the gratitude, but most of all, to make you live again.
Nemesis (2016) is a brand new collection of prose. Nemesis has an arrangement of journeys, in the rain; through the length of a lifetime; amongst history, between emotions; and journeys across great oceans. So although it’s not a ‘themed’ collection of words, as such, there is an underlying connection between the pieces.
Mark has also published two memoirs, In Search Of The Fabulous People (2009) and Reflections – Through The Orb Window (2016). Initial copies of Ember Asleep came with a bonus music disc titled Aspects Of Ember Asleep featuring six pieces set to music. A standalone single Vortex has also been released via Spilt Milk Records. Mark is currently writing a new novel alongside two collections of recipes, Christmas and Kitchen and a co-authored project with Jim Harm provisionally titled Kiss The Sky. Mark has also published two novels under a nom de plum.
I have been intrigued with the poetic power of “words” ever since I can remember. Symbolism, metaphor, and the magical transformations that can occur when you combine the sounds and shapes of language in unexpected ways. We use words to communicate, to describe, and to express something that cannot easily be.
Following on from – A Sorta Fairytale – Nemesis has an arrangement of journeys, in the rain, through the length of a lifetime, amongst history, between emotions, and journeys across great oceans. So although it’s not a ‘themed’ collection of words, as such, there is an underlying connection between the pieces. It’s also a book saying goodbye to many things, people, places, old friends.
Take Down The Flags (Non-Fiction)
To understand Take Down The Flags you have to go back a few years. The original idea was a collection of short stories based on real life memories from people who had experienced war and the aftermath.
What did they remember?
Was it all misery?
Did they wave the flags when the ceasefire happened?
Did they actually – miss – it?
Instead of just writing up what they said I have used (with their permission) their stories and recollections as a basis to form various stories. Names and places have been changed and various stories have been altered for dramatic purposes.
But this is really what the book is about.
A chance for people to look back.
To laugh, to cry, to relive the pain, the sorrow and the good times.
To make you live again.
Versus America (Non-Fiction)
Mark Binmore proves that being an author can be modern, ecstatic, flippant and funny but also serious and intelligent. Although frequently seen as reserved and secretive, Versus America written with his co-operation, shadows Mark in unusually intimate detail as he works, relaxes, gossips, argues and every now and then, trying to make sense of what he does. Perceptive and amusing Versus America describes the inspirations, the rows, the confrontations with obsessive book readers and the earning and expenditure of vast sums of money. In this book, Chris Henson presents more than a documentary of a book tour – he traces Mark Binmore’s wider history and shows his determination to be expressive and entertaining. It is an extraordinary story of what it means to be an author today.
Tour De Europa (Non-Fiction)
The narration,takes the form of snapshots. The reader is eavesdropping, and most of the time those speaking have forgotten they are being listened to. Tour De Europa follows author Mark Binmore as he takes his book on the road. I went with him and this is an intimate record of it.
A Sorta Fairytale (Short Stories/Prose)
A SORTA FAIRYTALE brings together for the first time the complete collection of short stories and prose. From the stories of EVEN WHEN TONIGHT IS OVER to the winter prose of EMBER ASLEEP, this book contains new liner notes, observations, hidden meanings behind the work and details about each publication. This special release is being released through GLB Publishing (United States) and Kindlight and is available in paper and digital format via Amazon and through all good bookstores nationwide.
Simply Divine: Trumpets and Parties (Memoirs)
Stephen Wallingford died intestate in 1990, aged 86, and has in recent times become a cult figure. He appears in numerous biographies about the 1920s and 1930s and was the model and inspiration for the 1938 dramatic novel by George Headland Those Beautiful, Beautiful People. In his early youth he entertained his friends at his family home of Arches and it was here he lived for many years until his death. He was photographed by many of the greatest artistes of his time and become one of the typical images of 1920s and 1930s “beautiful” young people. He would be seen with painted lips, powder on his face and gold dust sprinkled through his hair. But putting aside all the endless parties and various love affairs, Stephen was actually a very lonely man. Disowned later in life by his two sisters he survived on the friendships of few people including his mother and socialite and fellow writer Agatha Dewsbury. Like Stephen, Agatha sought freedom and expression in her writings and published works which are all still in print today. Later in life Stephen became a former shadow of himself, a recluse, obese…Agatha remained young, the ultimate party girl, a drunk, a loser in love.
But there is one small problem.
Stephen Wallingford and Agatha Dewsbury did not exist, nor did any of his contemporaries featured in this book, for the brutal reason that he was never born. The stories are fake and the news never happened. This is something new and strange – a fictionalized retrospective, part interview, part biographical about unreal people set in a real world. Simply Divine is a special double book edition featuring both novels Now Is No The Time For Trumpets and A Life Of Parties and is available in paper and digital format via Amazon and through all good bookstores nationwide.
Now is Not the Time for Trumpets (Memoirs)
Full length debut novel, a fictionalized retrospective, part interview, part biographical about unreal people set in a real world.
Stephen Wallingford died intestate in 1990, aged 86, and has in recent times become a cult figure. He appears in numerous biographies about the 1920s and 1930s and was the model and inspiration for the 1938 dramatic novel by George Headland Those Beautiful, Beautiful People. In his early youth he entertained his friends at his family home of Arches and it was here he lived for many years until his death. He was photographed by many of the greatest artistes of his time and become one of the typical images of 1920s and 1930s “beautiful” young people. He would be seen with painted lips, powder on his face and gold dust sprinkled through his hair. But putting aside all the endless parties and various love affairs, Stephen was actually a very lonely man. Disowned later in life by his two sisters he survived on the friendships of few people including his mother and socialite and fellow writer Agatha Dewsbury. He sought freedom and expression in his writings and published works which are all still in print today. Later in life he became a former shadow of himself, a recluse, obese, redecorating Arches with fishnets, pink satin and golden conch shells. His hair was long and dyed mauve, he wore kaftans and many gilded bangles. He became an embarrassment to the few surviving friends he had left and was cut off from his remaining family, so in retaliation and defiance, he decided to shut himself away from the real world and write his memoirs, which were never published in his lifetime. But there is one small problem. Stephen Wallingford did not exist, nor did any of his contemporaries featured in this book, for the brutal reason that he was never born. The stories are fake and the news never happened.
A Life of Parties (Memoirs)
Born in the early part of the twentieth century and the social upheaval that followed the end of the first world war, Agatha kept the press entranced at the time and has fascinated readers and writers ever since. There was a period where Agatha Dewsbury could do no wrong; she was a moderately successful novelist, she had friends in high places and finished her education at a finishing school. But she was also what fellow writer Gertrude Primrose called “lost”. There was another side to Agatha. Born a daughter to a vicar and suffragette, she was always being labeled as beautiful, fragile, someone who loved a party. She travelled, became a writer and became a drunk. There were suspicions though never proven she was a drug taker and had sexual liaisons with other women. She was a lover, a mistress and, maybe a witness to murder.
In her short life, Agatha Dewsbury changed from a suburban daughter to a darling of the newspaper gossip pages only to be scandalized and shamefully snubbed and ignored by friends and common folk alike. Agatha was photographed everywhere, at parties, travelling in the east, sunbathing on the continent, and drinking pink gin in underground jazz clubs. She was photographed laughing, smiling, clutching friend’s arms and waving. She was never photographed crying. Newspapers fought over her daily adventures, they wrote about the company she kept, prospective partners and alleged lovers. And yet behind the smiles, behind the laughter, behind the mask and newspapers clippings, there was a lonely frightened woman. A woman who for a time cherished and welcomed the attention fame and notoriety brings and then suffered the consequences that recognition, fortune and scandal can bring.
But there is one small problem.
Agatha Dewsbury did not exist, nor did any of her contemporaries featured in this book, for the brutal reason that she was never born. The stories are fake and the news never happened. This is something new and strange – a fictionalized memoir about unreal people set in a real world.
Even When Tonight Is Over (Short Stories)
Even When Tonight Is Over is a collection of short stories written over the years. The stories deal with life, death, love and passion but each with their own hidden meaning which may mean something different for the individual reader. The energy of lust is described in L’Amour Looks Something, while passion hidden behind a mask is discovered in Lord Of The Reedy River. The book starts with Another Day, the birth of love and completes its journey with Nocturne, a time to let go.
The lake is frozen and the landscape is covered in snow. Church bells peel in the distance. Tress once covered in blossom and leaves now stand bare, desolate, and fragile. Their naked braches reaching out for a glimpse of the sun, winter sun, hoping and dreaming of days when the sun climbs high into sky with his warmth and light beaming down. The air is still, there is silence. It is December.
The Hair of the Hound (Poetry/Non-Fiction)
The Hair Of The Hound is a collection of poetry written through the years. There is no general theme although shades of spring and summer shimmer through some of the selected pieces.
Crisp white linen bed sheets are the canvas for my dreams
I’d lay awake and wonder what tomorrow brings
The sweet-oil lanterns flickered painting dancers on the wall
The darker shades of evening are some things that I recall
Wafting from the kitchen was the smell of sassafras
It mingled with the redolence of fresh-mown dew soaked grass
I know those days are over, but the memory is so clear
The love and the hair of the hound are things I hold dear
Hounds of Winter (Poetry/Non-Fiction)
Hounds Of Winter was intended as a follow up to The Hair Of The Hound, a collection of poetry written through the years with a general theme of winter. Some of the pieces were written with music in mind and set to an imaginary score of falling snow. There is a sense of autumn, fog, Christmas, witches, footprints in the snow and the return of a drowned mother – a darker side to winter.
The night falls, and it is there
It reigns over the whole sky
It will watch us with kindness illuminating the evening
It will watch us with its brightness illuminating the dark sky
The moon will not be awake
It will flee
The moon will vanish
Darkness goes, already day is made
Night whispers goodbye
Jig of Life (Short Stories)
Originally published in early 2014 with an American edition published as The J, this new edition comes with a brand new artwork but the same original stories. Jig Of Life is a collection of short tales, which could, given time, be expanded into longer stories. These are tales of love, of life, of death and sacrifice…but most of all, love. This book is for the living yet has been inspired by friends from the past.
I walked around the now empty hospital room proclaiming repeatedly in my head, “do not lose control do not lose control do not lose control.” Even in the death of another, one cannot help but think of himself. It hurt and I vowed to never hurt again. The psychiatrist provided more gossip for the nurses of the hospital as he made his third visit in two days. This visit was a little less social as he focused his eyes on a Styrofoam cup, “the second attempt,” he mumbled, “was a success.”
Soon Before The Sun
Originally published in 2014 as a digital only edition, this new edition comes with a brand new artwork but the same original prose. It was published as a thank you to the response to previous books. There is a general theme of summer seen through the eyes of a child, a man and a lover.
A shimmer of classical dread
Bearing the pressure of the sunlight’s dew.
Every slender ray of light makes the tears shed
Every horizon and every raindrop is new
A dressing of morning clouds
Slides a hand over the soul
Created paintings among the golden ground
Cast value throughout the land
Breaking the toll
The sky is drowning in a haze of bliss
Ember Asleep (Poetry)
Some of these pieces are written with winter in mind, others are included because of the dark side of the subject.
I see winter as many things – the ending of the year, closure, reflection but also a time to look ahead, new goals, plans and, of course, celebration.
I dream only of loss
The fine silver tinged gossamer threads of the past
Intermingled with lust and desire