These are the opinions of others about my writing.
‘… welcome to Spelk! I really enjoyed reading A Father’s Advice. Great stuff. I’ve scheduled it for March 4th.’
Cal Marcius, Editor, Spelk Fiction
‘In Transit’ was second runner-up in the Microcosms Flash Fiction Short Story Competition 157 on 11/01/2019. Competition Judge Harrietbelle said ‘This writing was out of my usual understanding; it took many reads before I got it. However, I found it compelling, and it made me want to understand. I thought it was a very clever piece that sent goose bumps up my arms, since I felt I was there on that strange quayside. I appreciated the cleverly-constructed ending too that left me wanting more.’
The Nostalgia Industry – Liked the Nostalgia Industry short story. Another “feather” in your cap. Well done Dave, look forward to your next publication – SB of Hornby, Lancashire.
The Nostalgia Industry – Well done David – MW of Morecambe, Lancashire.
The Nostalgia Industry – Just read it. Couldn’t put it down – BP of Lancaster, Lancashire.
Freaks – Intriguing story David. Looking forward to the next chapter! – AS of Barnoldswick, Lancashire.
Freaks – A great gift you have – BP of Lancaster, Lancashire.
The Fee Generation Game – I enjoyed that Dave – LM of Carnforth, Lancashire
‘The Nostalgia Industry’ won the Microcosms Flash Fiction Short Story Competition 153 on 14/12/2018. Competition Judge Muskan Dhiman said ‘I’m a sucker for jaw-dropping moments at the end of a story, and the little twist here definitely made me go ‘Oh. Damn.’
‘Freaks’ won the Microcosms Flash Fiction Short Story Competition 143 on 9/10/2018. Competition Judge Vicente L Ruiz said ‘In the end the decision of who won was purely personal… This is an amazing short story. I loved how, with a few clever sentences, the writer plunges us into the world and the story. Then a short conversation and a few more paragraphs build the characters. And it’s topped off with a beautiful, surprising ending that I loved. I felt myself immersed in the story – I could see and smell and touch and hear. And I could feel the hope at the end. Magnificent!’
Lost Sheep – ‘Good story’ – BA of St Edmundsbury, Suffolk
Lost Sheep ‘I enjoyed reading that’ – VT of Chorley, Lancashire
Lost Sheep ‘I enjoyed it too’ – CG of Brockton, Massachusetts, USA
Lost Sheep – ‘Really enjoyed reading it’ – JS of Darwen, Lancashire
The Final Vote – ‘Good story, it made me cry’ – SP of Caton, Lancashire.
Not Fade Away – ‘Not Fade Away brings back great memories of the 60s and being a teenager growing up in Morecambe. Dave Pogson has a great talent of bringing the past to life, again. I can sympathize with the main character! If you liked this one, try what he has written over the years. You won’t be disappointed.’ – SB of Hornby, Lancashire
The Final Vote – ‘Looking Forward to reading your second Selwyn short story’ – SB of Caton, Lancashire
The Final Vote – ‘Frankly, it made me laugh out loud several times’ – VMW of Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria
The Final Vote – ‘I love the story!’ – BEP of Hornby, Lancashire
Not Fade Away – ‘What I liked best was 1964: Not Fade Away’ – JH of Beverley, Humberside
ACES Articles – ‘Impressive stuff all round’ – PHM of Teesside
The Black Panther – ‘You paint a vivid picture. Well done’ – MA of Carnforth, Lancashire
Every Rebel has a Cause – ‘… your observations and storytelling make all your work brilliant reading.’ – MA of Carnforth, Lancashire
Rural Encounter – ‘Enjoyed that.’ – AC of York
The Day it rained Tennis Balls – ‘Love it’ – MS of Bury, Greater Manchester
The Day it rained Tennis Balls – ‘Loved “The Day it Rained Tennis Balls”‘ – SAG of Lancaster, Lancashire
“Thank you so much for your submission, which I very much enjoyed reading and will be delighted to include in the Words Aloud programme.”
Aliki Chapple for Words Aloud, Lancaster Fun Palace
“I am writing to you about the poem Why Angels have Wings… Anchor Books aims to publish poems which are sincere, uncomplicated and a pleasure to read… After reading your poem I am pleased to tell you that I would like to include it in It’s A Funny Old World. – Steve Twelvetree, Editor, Anchor Books