Let’s Go Long in September

1950 pub scene

On Monday 2 September, we’re going to post something a bit longer than usual – at the very least 1,500 words – and we’d love it if you, fellow bloggers and writers, did the same.

This isn’t one of those ‘Days’ (Beer Blog­ging & Writ­ing Longer than Usu­al Post Day 2013! Woo!) and, what­ev­er it is, we’re not in charge of it, so there’s no need to use a logo, or Twit­ter hash­tag, or to link to us when you post. If you let us know about your post, though, and we enjoy read­ing it, we’ll link to you in a round-up piece lat­er that same week. (It’ll be some­thing like this.)

We don’t know exact­ly what we’re going to write yet, but it might be that piece on women in British brew­ing since 1963 we’ve had in mind for a while, or a his­to­ry of the Blue Anchor pub and Spin­go brew­ery at Hel­ston, Corn­wall.

If you feel like join­ing in, you might con­sid­er:

  • some­thing about a pub or brew­ery in your area
  • a per­son­al mem­oir
  • a revised and/or expand­ed ver­sion of some­thing you’ve already pub­lished
  • some­thing mean­der­ing and philo­soph­i­cal
  • or sil­ly and fun­ny.

(More inspi­ra­tion here and here.)

Adri­an Tier­ney-Jones has agreed to dig out some­thing from his vast back cat­a­logue and re-release it, per­haps remas­tered and with bonus tracks; and Leigh Lin­ley has got in mind some­thing about north­ern foot­ballers and the pubs they owned, which we’re real­ly look­ing for­ward to read­ing.

We’ll post a reminder about this towards the end of August but promise not to nag oth­er­wise.

Yours with faint embar­rass­ment,

Boak & Bai­ley

9 thoughts on “Let’s Go Long in September”

  1. Look­ing for­ward to what comes of this. The north­ern foot­baller piece sounds strange­ly inter­est­ing (like amer­i­can foot­ballers who own steak­hous­es).

  2. a revised and/or expand­ed ver­sion of some­thing you’ve already pub­lished

    Won­der­ing about revis­it­ing my Feb 2011 “Down with craft beer” series – not least because I’m not sure I still agree with them. My taste in beer has def­i­nite­ly changed – I noticed a ref­er­ence to some beers being well-made but far too hop­py for me, and the exam­ple I gave was Jaipur!

  3. Alan – easy to repro­duce on the back of a den­im jack­et with Tippex.

    Phil – ooh, inter­est­ing – a dia­logue between 2013 Phil and 2011 Phil! Just don’t let him wind you up. We’ve been read­ing old tast­ing notes on the Oxford Bot­tled Beer Data­base and it’s fas­ci­nat­ing to see com­ments from 2002 about how unbear­ably hop­py Goose Island IPA is, for exam­ple.

    Justin – bril­liant!

  4. I am awful­ly tempt­ed to par­tic­i­pate… if I can think of an ade­quate top­ic.

    Go long” is quite apt, too, con­sid­er­ing the NFL sea­son starts 3 days lat­er!

    1. I’ve a cou­ple of ques­tions.

      How words would I need to have to count as long? (I often go over 1,000 in posts.)
      Do num­bers count as words?

      I do have a cou­ple of things lying around that I could pos­si­bly use. Maybe even a chunk of my Big Book man­u­script. A cou­ple of the chap­ters are almost com­plete.

    2. Go for it! 1500 words is only real­ly the length of a few blog posts any­way, if you can find a meaty enough top­ic.

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