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Saturday, 20 December 2014

A Sidekick Advent Calendar: Day 20

Stocking fillers!

Time for some brand new poems. You've done all your shopping, but! You're with a few gaps here and there. The pillowcase isn't quite stuffed. The stockings hang somewhat limply where they ought to bulge. Time for some traditional Christmas top-up gifts.


A snowman’s plucked eye,
a fire nest’s dislodged egg.
Stubby underworld agent
who vanishes in the crowd.
Coal, you’re a born tumbler,
bunker to scuttle to hearth
to skin you bright with dust.

Wooden Soldier

Mercenary, partisan or deserter -
young, headlong from a skirmish.
His gloss the gloss of shined boots,
of blood, of a new glass consolador.

Friday, 19 December 2014

A Sidekick Advent Calendar: Day 19

Day 19 of the Sidekick Advent Calendar brings us to the final character from our series on A Christmas Carol, a ruddy-faced young man who embodies the Christmas spirit and drives Scrooge up the wall.

Yes, today's guest is Fred, Scrooge's ever-optimistic nephew, in a poem written by Sidekick editor Kirsten Irving. Each card will fit a size DL envelope. Click here for the printable PDF and let the party begin!

Thursday, 18 December 2014

A Sidekick Advent Calendar: Day 18

Poems from the editors #2

At Christmas it's traditional for children who are desirous of gifts to write letters to Father Christmas. 

It's also traditional (arguably) for girls to write letters to skeletal phantasms declaring their devotion. Here's a stirringly fine example of the form.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

A Sidekick Advent Calendar: Day 17

Our third and final Christmas monster appears! The most dangerous yet? Quite possibly!

Move over, Krampus!

*pant* Can't believe I ran up that big hill for *pant* this!
While Krampus himself is easy to spot, with his frightening visage (that badass German children are totally unafraid of), this final demon is all the more terrifying because they could be anywhere. Worse: they could be anyone.

We're talking about The Artist. Waiting under cover of darkness to create dissident, corrupting images and weld together unnatural words, this fiend is a master of disguise.

Thankfully, Sidekick Books has published Confronting The Danger of Art, by noted scholars Ian McLachlan and Phil Cooper.* A useful guide to spotting the Artist in your town and reporting them to the appropriate authorities, this pamphlet may well become your best friend.

Here is an excerpt on the threat posed by Art to our communities, our children, our very lives.


Tuesday, 16 December 2014

A Sidekick Advent Calendar: Day 16

On the 16th day of Christmas, the Sidekick Advent Calendar gives to you the jolliest boss in fiction!

In 2011, we commissioned six splendid poems to print as Christmas cards, starring characters from Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.

Now we're giving each one away as a download, so you can print them yourself, and have a very moral Christmas (sort of)! Each card will fit a size DL envelope.

Today's presence is Mr Fezziwig, Scrooge's magnanimous employer, in a poem written by Wayne Holloway-Smith, host of the salons immortalised in our anthology Follow The Trail of MothsClick here for the printable PDF and get customising your card!

Monday, 15 December 2014

A Sidekick Advent Calendar: Day 15

Lots of us are planning on taking in a Christmas movie this December, which seems as good a reason as any to revisit one of our favourite Irregular Features articles, in which The Judge looks at the poetics of the movie trailer.

And by way of a segue, our gif is from The Dead Poets Society. RIP RW.

Sunday, 14 December 2014

A Sidekick Advent Calendar: Day 14

It's time for the second of our Sunday quizzes, this time returning to the well-traversed territory of British birds. But from a new angle! These colder months are, after all, a time for filling up bird feeders to the brim, even if the only place to hang them is outside the front window in front of someone else's parking space, as in the old Sidekick HQ. The species that feature in this quiz aren't necessarily winter birds, but you may encounter a few of them on your brisk December walks.