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Author photo by Dimitri Legakis

Me on THAT'S TV SOUTH WALES talking about my poems in THE LOVED ONES - A COLLECTION OF PANDEMIC POEMS ABOUT LOVE AND LOSS 5/11/20, waving a letter from Captain Tom.

                                                                                                                                                          Below is my letter to THE INDEPENDENT national newspaper in 2012, the one South Wales Police in 2023 told me was racist. Yes, really. Read it and decide for yourself. Disgusting allegation!

CT, my friend of over 30 years, laughed his head off when I told him some deranged maniac cyberstalker anti-Semite with a grudge against me accused me of racism & even reported me to police - who will all be sued HARD in time. The Great British Media will name and shame them all in time too (I shall not need to), photos included, snide smirk and all, no hiding place, no skulking behind the camera any more for these liars who defamed me in a malicious hate campaign of nasty malevolent revenge. Great memories of me and CT in UK, Nottingham, Blackpool, Sheffield 1989/90/91, and Ottawa, Canada 2006/9. Ah...TEMPUS FUGIT...

Above are photos of me with our rescue cats Bumble and Honey Cat, plus other snaps of cats with A Cat Called Dog sent in by fans around the world.


Details of all photos are under them (just click on the photo); if you don't want your photo or image to be on here, just email me via the contact page and I'll take it down asap. Thanks.


There are some photos here of Dartford, Kent, my home town, and my old school Dartford Grammar, plus the Rolling Stones plaque at Dartford Station.


Also some pics from my book signing at WH Smith, Llanelli, on Saturday 31st October 2015.


And some shameless selfie pics of the 2013 and 2015 editions of my book A Cat Called Dog on tour in Italy - Rome, Bologna and Tuscany - and The Vatican in 2015, plus Genoa, Santa Marguerrita, Rapallo, Potofino, and Florence in 2017.


Feel free to email me photos with A Cat Called Dog (either edition) + your cats or in places of interest + I shall put them up here!



See news of upcoming publications and events for award-winning author Jem PJ Vanston:


I am proud to announce that The Nine Lives of Summer, my new cat story - for kids and cat-loving adults too - was published on 1st March 2023 via Two Fat Cats Publishing - on the tenth anniversay of class cat novel A Cat Called Dog being published. "A heart-warming tale with a life-affirming message." "Often funny, sometimes, sad, always hopeful." This diverse tale starts in Syria, where the war forces a family to flee, then travels to a dozen countries (Australia, India, Japan/China, Greenland, USA/Canada, Italy, Spain, Wales) through the nine lives of Summer, via a vast array of diverse cultures and people.


For review copies or interview requests, just email or contact via Twitter @9LivesofSummer or via this author website.



My debut collection of poetry THE LOVED ONES - A COLLECTION OF PANDEMIC POEMS ABOUT LOVE AND LOSS was published 9 April 2022. It comprises 54 poems; including 10 lyrics with 9 online links to the demo song recordings provided via links in the book. Two poems are in National Museum Covis Archives: POEM OF THE PLAGUE YEAR and TWENTY-TWENTY: A YEAR IN THE LIFE, which was featured on Swansea TV and was called 'poignant' by a representative of Her Majesty the Queen. Available on Amazon or in shops worldwide to order or in Harrisons, Uplands and Cover to Cover, Mumbles, and also distributed by the Wales Books Council to any Welsh bookshop which wants to order stock.


"THINKING TIME - 365 Inspiring, Amusing and Thought-provoking quotes to get you through the year",  my diverse quote book, is out now. Not in shops (except 2 in Swansea) but available on Amazon as paperback and ebook - the perfect Christmas or other present for all ages. Intelligent Mindfulness with funny, insightful quotes from individuals from throughout history up to the present day. To dip into, read through or use for mindfulness daily.


On 28th March 2020 my new satirical campus/Brexit novel was published - my 7th book. SOMEWHERE IN EUROPE is a real epic - funny, moving and timely. A state of the nation novel which has something to say. 


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Twitter: @acatcalleddog @ThinkingQuotes7

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