This is a site dedicated to writers with something to say, who are seeking a platform on which to say it, one where they can build up portfolios and increase recognition for their work.
Initially only the nine authors in the menu will appear on these pages They hail from a range of backgrounds, forms and genres. Some belonged to the Minutemen 350 or Vibe groups,; others are authors I know who have recently published or self-published first books. This present breadth of selection is intended to give some indication of the interest, variety and richness that will be the hallmarks of the site as it gradually broadens its range.
The great Bohemian poet and novelist Rainer Maria Rilke said, ‘Always be a beginner’, and partly in recollection of this advice I have decided to contibute myself to this site as a travel poet, despite never having had any poetry published. In fact, to share the experience of new writers this latter-day career change will be pursued in ‘real’ time, and the accompanying electronic journal of my travels and attempts to create effective verse from it will be recorded on my page here, along with the treatment I receive from editors and publishers.
To take a cue from Philip K. Dick, when you tell people you're going to be a writer it's like telling them you're going to be a pirate—no-one takes you seriously. Dealing with the cold shoulder is something most new authors have to endure, but members of this group will, I know, keep knocking at the closed door until it's opened, as it always will be... sooner or later.
Our collective ethos is that if there is something to say shout it from the housetops. We resist all negative -isms, whether racism, racialism, sexism, ageism, elitism or cliqueism. We have no boundaries.
To all those wishing to be published I repeat Gandhi's apocryphal observation, ‘At first they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you; then you win'. Whether he said this or not, it is true.
The way of the world is that determined self-promoters always seem to end up holding positions of power, irrespective of morality or talent. How much more should it be the case with writers who show resolve and resilience in broadcasting their views on the themes which most concern humanity; those willing whilst visible on the public stage to capture experience both in its magnificence and squalor; those courageous enough to expose their own weaknesses in the process?
In this age of identity politics it is often forgotten that we are each one of us individuals, each one of us different, each one of us unique. And while there is a certain strength in numbers the Firebird Group's real power lies in this shared idea of uniqueness and individuality.
We are the Firebird Writers’ Group. Now read on.
The above are this group's pioneers. We know that each one of them has something that you can learn from, that will enrich your life, that will entertain and teach. Note that the copyright of all writing reproduced here remains with the authors; that includes finished work, drafts and outlines. Now read on.
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