My Writing: Over several decades I have documented my life in [unpublished] Journals, written two novels and a collection of short stories, all published by MiddleRoad Publishers.
A Guest Writer also features his short story here occasionally
RACING WITH THE RAIN. A PHENOMENON WITNESSED IN THE TROPICS
A fast moving rain cloud in an otherwise clear sky triggers a sudden downpour and people run helter-skelter for cover. Is it possible to outrun the rain? Can one ever really escape the past and avoid the inevitable? The novel spans three decades, shifting locations between pre and post independent Guyana, Cuba after the revolution, and Canada in the 1970’s.
Guyanese born-Canadian naturalized CARL DIAS’ relationship with his family is unravelling. And now, he receives news that his father has died back in Guyana. His return for the funeral will reignite memories of a period in which the political and social fabric of the colony collapsed into racial conflict and instability. Carl’s past link with the opposition party and a North American group planning to unseat the current government will also place him in jeopardy with the country’s security force. Will he be able to return to Canada?
CAN AN INDIVIDUAL MAKE A DIFFERENCE WHEN POWERFUL FORCES ARE ALIGNED AGAINST DEMOCRACY? CAN SOMEONE AVOID THE STIGMA OF HIS HERITAGE?
These questions are essential to the theme of Ken Puddicombe’s new novel JUNTA.
Expatriate Marcus Jacobson wants to make a difference on newly independent Saint Anglia where he is taking up a professorship but there are forces that will test his expectation. The military, under General Marks stages a coup, and Hurricane David is heading for the island.
Marcus also has skeletons in his closet. He’s descended from the Planter Class that once owned slaves on the island. He’s torn—does he have the right to get involved in the politics of the island or should he be a bystander?
The people Marcus encounters will determine his attitude to the Junta. These people include: Melanie, a student who thinks force should be used to restore democracy; Father Bert, a priest who believes in Liberation Theology; Clarence Baptiste, editor of the local newspaper who will use the media to oppose; The Reverend who runs a dirty tricks campaign for the Junta; Kentish, an islander who is a pacifist by nature and believes that events should run their course. Marcus finds himself being inexorably drawn towards Melanie and when she takes matters into her own hands, the decision is made. But, the Junta is determined to hold on to power at all cost.
My First Collection of Short Stories, some of them previously published in literary journals
A taxi driver notices the changes in Independence Boulevard since freedom was gained from Britain. A free-wheeling spirit spends his time gambling and engaging in riots. A man is sentenced to death for the murder of his lover. Two women escape racial conflictand seek a better life at home and abroad. A housewife has faced the last straw with her husband. A mailman is caught in the middle of the World Trade Centre terrorist attack. These are some of the characters encountered in this engaging collection of short stories from the pen of Ken Puddicombe.
Q and A with different personalities. Writers about their muse and how they arrived at their work(s). Poets who share their approach to penning their published works.
SLICE OF LIFE
Our world is filled with interesting people and as they say, truth is stranger than fiction. I have met a substantial number of people in my lifetime, many of them fascinating characters worth chronicling in this Blog. Of course, names have been changed to protect the innocent. Perspectives: everyone has a point of view and I have a few. So, you can say that I have something to say about quite a number of subjects. My Blog will provide an outlet for this, mostly about what I think needs fixing in this world of ours.
I have visited many places in a number of countries and some of those places have held a fascination for me. They will feature in this Blog.
Photographs taken over the years, at locations all over.
Guest Photographs are also featured here
Information to help the struggling writer along the way