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Doubtcast 3: FEAR


The third Doubtcast is with us. I might have made rash promises to interview my children for this one, but I was lacking some necessary hardware, and it’s already 15 minutes longer than the second one, which was 15 minutes longer than the first one. Never mind: this is the best one yet! I’m quite sure of it. The variety of stuff is just tremendous, and so is the quality. It begins with a short unpublished poem by me, and it’s all uphill from there. Well, not to say there’s a carefully arranged order of quality. Obviously the order is far more complex than that. But like any good scary movie, it builds and gathers and provides tension and anxiety. Why am I still even writing this paragraph? Must just be because of all the space on the internet. Or a fear of pressing the Enter key.

So: we have poems: imagist poems, poems about art, autobiographical poems, polemical poems, etymological poems. We have songs: acoustic ballads, gritty post-punk goth-rock, bloody death metal and haunting, terrifying noise. We also have two short stories and two audio-blogs, all with something to say about fear – or, at the very least, a place in the narrative. I don’t imagine any profound conclusions will be drawn, but the journey is sure worth taking, even if the destination is merely one hour and forty five minutes closer to your death.

As someone who works, creates, and often even plays alone, the remote collaboration involved in these things makes them a lot of fun to put together. A huge thanks to everyone who allowed me to use their work in this Doubtcast, and I hope none of you are enraged by the context in which your artefacts now appear.

You can listen to the third Doubtcast here:

This is what happens in-between the narration:

Alexander Velky – Uhtcearu [Poem]
Christopher Alcxxk – Brighton [Audio blog]
Julia Indelicate – Eschatophobia [Poem & music]
Kevin Reinhardt – Mummy [Poem & noise]
[Anonymous] – Not the hero (Boilerhouse session) [Song]
Naevus – Wrong (demo) [Song]
[Anonymous] – Vitreous humour [Audio blog]
David Paul Nixon – Glass eye [Short story]
For Humours – Hotel Borg [Music]
Mark Bowen – Defeat [Poem]
Mark Fiddes – (Untitled) [Poem]
Cadaverous Condition – Use your blood [Song]
Simon Indelicate – Cold reading: the musical [Song]
Philip Ogley – The supermarket [Short story]
[Anonymous] – [Copyright free medieval dance music]

A little about our contributors, in reverse order of appearance. (And if any of you want any links adding or taking down, please let me know.)

Philip Ogley, writer of the blog known as “Blogley”, and the short story collection known as The Sunbed of Malcolm Todd:

Simon Indelicate, of the internationally famous pop group The Indelicates – whose recent album Elevator Music has beaten the ‘70s prog AOR concept album heyday at its own game:

Cadaverous Condition, an Austrian band whose most recent album Burn Brightly Alone is probably the single extreme metal album I would recommend to any music fans, regardless of their interest in metal, extreme or otherwise.

Mark Fiddes is a poet, among other things, and is rumoured to have a debut full collection of poetry forthcoming, entitled The Division of Labour in Pin Manufacturing. Until then you can and should read his blog and his pamphlet The Chelsea Flower Show Massacre, on Templar:

The Mark that went before was known as Bowen. Mark Bowen. He’s still in Brazil, I think. But historically you cannot rely on him to remain in any one country for a very long period of time. I suspect he is a vampire. Or at least a tax exile. But he has never used my blood or laundered my money.

For Humours is a band, which I think I’m allowed to say is based in Walhtamstow? If I’m not, they’re not.

David Paul Nixon who wrote the story Glass Eye (or at least TRANSCRIBED it) has a published collection of fearful things called 11 NEW GHOST STORIES, which I can recommend, not least for the expert proofreading. Which I did.

Before him was a short piece entitled Vitreous Humour, by an anonymous commuter.

Before that, Naevus. Another of my all-time favourite bands. (Three in one podcast!) Their sole constant member is Lloyd James, but I’m sure he won’t mind me saying there have been many talented collaborators coming and going over the years. This track was a rare demo version of an early song that’s available with their debut LP Truffles of Love:

“Not the hero” was recorded right here in the Most Serene Republic of Landskeria, in the Boiler House, which is available for free amateur recording sessions with the very same cheap USB mic on which I recorded this podcast. The singer is anonymous.

Kevin Reinhardt’s poem Mummy appears in text form in his book Birdworld, published by Vintage Poison Press, along with many other great poems, and drawings, and collages, etc. You can buy his book from Amazon. I can’t find another website just now.

Julia Indelicate’s poem Eschatophobia does not appear anywhere but here as far as I know, but some of her poems – and Simon’s – are available in Words by Simon and Julia Indelicate, which is a really good collection, and also contains lyrics and lyric notes from the first few Indelicates albums.

Christopher Alcxxk has a soundcloud page (I think I said bandcamp on the podcast? Sorry Christ) which I will link to, and tweets existential dread and other sentiments from various twitter accounts which I won’t:

I was and am and will be, for a while yet, Alexander Velky. I’ve published two poetry books which have been met with distain, scorn, and – more recently – silence. Nevertheless, I will probably publish a third next year.

The next Doubtcast will be in late 2016, unless anyone persuades me otherwise.

Doubtcast 2: HISTORY

Hello. Second Doubtcast here. It only took about 3 months.

If you missed the last one, it’s an art, culture and philosophy podcast. This time it’s on the theme of history; comprising stories, journals, histories, herstories, audio blogs, music, noise, copyright-free medieval dance music, and poetry. It’s hosted by me, Alexander Velky, and it’s about an hour and a half long.

I sought submissions via my online network, and was lucky enough to get some fantastic submissions from artists I admire for all sorts of different reasons; from talented friends old and new, and even from people I’ve not previously heard of, let alone met.

You can listen to the Doubtcast here:

Please note: there is a deliberate pause before the first thing happens. This is deliberate. It’s art.

Here are a list of the composite artefacts in the order they appear:

Mark Bowen – Prehistory [Poem]
Martin Locock – Scribe and Scripture / Resting Place [Poems]
Holly Cruise – Christina of Sweden [Broadcast journalism]
Ben Farnell – Dada ist Meine Tasse Tee [Broadcast journalism]
Retarder – Unter den Linden [Music]
Alexander Velky – What Really Happened [Poem & sound]
[Anonymous] -Time [Song]
Phil “Blogley” Ogley – History [Audio blog]
Gaptooth – Plans and Friends and Records [Song]
Julia Indelicate – Hustings [Poem & music]
[Anonymous] – [Copyright free medieval dance music]

In-between there’s thoughts on the theme of history, and the directions in which the concept is pulled by each of the above artefacts.

You can contribute to future Doubtcasts here. I don’t know what the next one should be about. This one was cynically themed to tie in with my new book, but then I didn’t publish my book anywhere near the date of finishing it. Suggestions (or submissions to help guide theme) very welcome.

Further information on the contributors, in reverse order:

Julia Indelicate wrote “Hustings”. Some of her poems are available in Words by Simon and Julia Indelicate, which you can buy from Lulu. Look at: for Julia and her husband’s music, books, clothes, puppets, and fudge. They’re also on Facebook and Twitter and Occulus Rifts, whatever they are.

Gaptooth’s album Connections/Departures is available from Her website is

Phil Ogley, hater of history lessons at school is a prolific and accomplished blogger and writer. Phil’s fantastic blog:
A choice selection of Phil’s least coherent ramblings:

The writer and performer or “Time” wishes to remain anonymous, for the time being.

I am me: Alexander Velky. My stuff is all here on My new book will be out later in 2015 if I’m not too heartily sick of everything in it by then. Jon Prior who recorded that poem for me has a plethora of interesting sound recording projects on 12 is the number 12. Gates is the word gates. To. The AND City: likewise.

Retarder’s first album Enquiries is available from As are numerous Naevus albums, also written and performed by Lloyd James with various accomplices; these are very much worth your time and money. The song “Unter den Linden” is from an as-yet unreleased second Retarder album. We are privileged to have heard it here first. PEOPLE IN OR NEAR LONDON: there will be a live Retarder performance at Electrowerkz in London on 22nd August (2015). Mark the date on your calendar.

Ben Farnell is an imminent children’s book author and illustrator. No further information forthcoming at this time. But he’s very good. (I’ve seen some of the pictures.)

Holly Cruise is a history enthusiast. She writes and illustrates the regular(ish) history zine Badass Wimmin Of History. She can be found at

Martin Locock works for the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and was involved in the research programme at Strata Florida Abbey.  He is also a poet and publisher, and edited the anthology “Poetry From Strata Florida” including medieval and modern poems inspired by the abbey. The anthology is available from Carreg Ffylfan Press or Amazon, or the visitor centre at the Abbey.

Mark Bowen did not reply to my email asking what he is. But my historical experience tells me he is a rather tall man who wakes very early in the morning to write barmy novels. He is from North America. I met him in Central Europe. He now lives in South America. He has a prehistoric beatnik vibe.

Doubtcast 1: RUBBISH


Hello. Here is the first Doubtcast, for your enjoyment.

It’s an art, culture and philosophy podcast (I think) comprising broadcast journalism, audio blogs, music, and (mainly, it turns out) poetry. It’s hosted by me, Alexander Velky, and it’s about an hour and fifteen minutes long before it trails off into copyright-free medieval dance music.

Submissions were sought via my online network, and I was genuinely impressed by the quality and variety of responses to the brief. There were so many great things sent my way that I only had to record a couple of short poems of my own.

You can listen to the Doubtcast here:

Here are a list of the composite artefacts in the order they appear:

Pull My Finger – Patrick Moore is Less [Song]
Helen Goddard – The Bin [Poem]
Daniel Patrick Quinn – A Different Kind of Mountain [Broadcast Monologue]
Julia Indelicate – Hair Roller [Poem & Music]
David Nixon – Waste [Poem]
Mark Fiddes – [Untitled Poem]
Adam Bambury – [Untitled Poem]
Simon Indelicate – Rubbish Poem [Poem & Audio Blog]
Alexander Velky – Fresh Kills / Winsel Civic Amenity & Recycling Centre [Poems & Music]
Phil “Blogley” Ogley – Beer Cans: Recycling or Rubbish? [Audio Blog]
[Anonymous] – A Rubbish Song [Song]
[Anonymous] – [Copyright free medieval dance music]

In-between the above there’s a lot of pontification on the theme of rubbish, and the directions in which the concept is pulled by each of the above artefacts.

You can contribute to future Doubtcasts here.

Further information and purchasable sundries are available from many of the contributors:

Helen Goddard
Helen’s current project, Glossary for Mums:
Helen’s collection of whodunit stories for children, Mrs Jenkins, Cat Detective:

Daniel Patrick Quinn
DPQ’s solo recordings:
DPQ’s band One More Grain:
One More Grain’s third album, Grain Fever, is out later this year.

Julia Indelicate & Simon Indelicate
Band website here, with albums, books, puppets and more:
The book Words, containing Julia’s poem:
Their Oculus Rift-compatible VR single The Generation That Nobody Remembered:
Their 5th album, Elevator Music, is out later this year.

David Nixon
David’s short story collection, Eleven New Ghost Stories:

Mark Fiddes
Mark’s poetry blog, Eden Deep:
Look out for his first collection, The Chelsea Flower Show Massacre, coming via Templar Publishing later in March.

Adam Bambury

Alexander Velky
This website has everything really. Mainly my first poetry book, “Mistaken for art or rubbish”:

Phil “Blogley” Ogley
Phil’s fantastic blog:
A choice selection of Phil’s least coherent ramblings: