Saturday, August 31, 2013


it's not been a fruitful week online, weekend off and regroup and attack again monday ...maybe tuedsday

Friday, August 30, 2013


It's follow Friday on twitter


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

My first book all the way back in 1996, with brilliant artwork by the late Teddy Doyle, will be available soon online and free, watch this space ...

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Monday, August 26, 2013

Osamu’s Mirror

    Osamu’s Mirror (first published The Pagan Field 1996)

    See my face
    an imperfect window on this spirit
    slivers of my likeness
    on shattered and bruised glass

    Touch my body
    a perfect shell
    for my artistic ego
    a woman’s dream in a man-slave
    beat and tie
    punish and bleed for
    me for my
    for our beauty

    See my mask
    a theatre dance
    on a private stage
    I have given my very life
    to play-out this role

    Touch this mirror
    like a polished lake of ice
    reflect my hand
    my black eye
    my lover’s poison veil
    ecaf desrever ym

S. Downes

Sunday, August 25, 2013


just home from the Gromit tour of Bristol
A Grand Day Out!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Facebook Page  please 'like' for news and views and sneak previews of new book, I'm away to England for the weekend, chat to you all Sunday ...have fun

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Lyndhurst: 'Only Fools would never be made today'

Interesting article (Via the BBC), I've long said that TV won'y take a chance on new (risky) writing for main stream audiences ...S.

Nicholas Lyndhurst 
Nicholas Lyndhurst has said he believes Only Fools and Horses would never be made today.
He told the Radio Times he believes that TV companies would not take a chance on a show like that now.
"TV companies turn down good scripts because they're not prepared to let them develop," he said.
"A talent show will pick up seven million viewers and they can't afford to nurture something that initially will only have a million."
"Only Fools would never be made today, nor Dad's Army."
Only Fools and Horses, which featured Lyndhurst as the hapless Rodney and David Jason as his wide boy brother, had a slow start and it was only when it got to its third series that it became a ratings hit.
It was eventually voted the nation's favourite sitcom in a BBC poll.
New Tricks Lyndhurst is about to join the cast of New Tricks, replacing Alun Armstrong in the veteran detective series.
The show, which stars Dennis Waterman, Amanda Redman and Denis Lawson, is in its tenth series and has been a ratings success.
Lyndhurst said he was not impressed with the talent shows that TV companies are willing to put money into.
He said he felt watching talent shows was "cruel", and compared watching Britain's Got Talent to "selling tickets to Bedlam" - referring to the Bethlem Royal Hospital for the mentally ill, which allowed the public to pay to look at the patients in the 18th century.
"It's cruel to watch these deluded people - the judges as well, sometimes," he said.
"They don't need to be talented and that's a shame because you don't want to watch people who can't do it."
He admitted his son Archie has inherited the "acting gene" and is at the Sylvia Young Theatre School.
But he worries about what sort of industry he will enter when he leaves.
"I can hardly say, 'Darling, do all this training and the best thing will be Celebrity Dog Watch'. Take away the talent shows, celebrity cook shows, skating, dog training, dancing, putting people on an island - and what's left?
"I've been asked to go on all of them," he admitted.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Article by yours truely in the Journal on writing and Why EBooks are here to stay

feel free to comment (no troll, I've already had one)

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

audio book

first attempt at audio book reading for Cosmogonic Marbles today, I'm so out of practice

Just a Minute Interview

'Just a Minute' Interview with Steve on page 27 of Drogheda Leader today

Tuesday, August 13, 2013


Cosmogonic now available to rate and comment on Goodreads 

You Tube Channel

On the way is the Botolf Series You Tube Channel, hoping to have first audio vids for you by the weekend this space

Monday, August 12, 2013

Reviews and Promos

Cosmogonic Marbles ... the long road for promotion continues, those of you who write know what I mean, if you have any suggestions to help me promote CM please drop them to me at including links if applicable.

Also looking for the reviews, if you have read the book or are reading it, fancy being a reviewer, either review it direct on Amazon or send a review to above e-mail



Friday, August 9, 2013


Just finished writing an article for a magazine about the e-revolution and how it has changed writing, and I have to say I wish e-books had been invented 20 years ago when I started at this game because life is a lot easier with them (don’t get me wrong I love print books but e-books are here to stay). 


Thursday, August 8, 2013


Being interviewed for  a news paper article about me and writing in general

Wednesday, August 7, 2013


one of the most civilised punch-ups in history is happening on a writers forum at the minute ...very funny
I'm off to Kildare for the evening, have to do allt hat work I was suppose to do today ... tomorrrow ... tomorrow there's always tomorrow it's only a day away!  (sic)

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

What are the Botolf Chronicles?

            How long is a piece of string?  If one end is tied to your toe and the other to a wild rampaging bull you’d hope it was very long indeed. 
Such is the manner of philosophical quandary posed by the staff of Botolf-almost-Oxford, the fabled college at the centre of Steve Downes’ comic-fantasy books.  The Botolf Chronicles catalogue the series of bizarre (and quite frankly ridiculous but funny) events surrounding two twin brothers James and Philip Philips, two hapless men adrift in a sea of monsters, myth, mayhem and mad postmen. 
The Chronicles follow James and Philip as they struggle across several worlds and dimensions and largely fail to comprehend the vastness of the magical multi-verse in which they exist alongside dragons, wizards, hobgoblins and small children (but no vampires).
The Chronicles are three books: Cosmogonic Marbles … Tribal Warfare in Hemel Hampstead  … (and the other book!)
Written to be read and enjoyed, so read and enjoy. 

Monday, August 5, 2013

Prevously unpublished poem now appearing on this site  enjoy and feel free to comment

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Now available on Amazon
 best $1 you'll ever spend

Side Angles 2005 a twinship of Poets by Steve Downes & Roger Hudson will be available on Amazon in the coming day this space

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Second book in the Botolf Series has reached 10,000 word mark, only another 90,000 - 110,00 to go ...easy