Joe Cushnan

Freelance Writer/Blogger - All Things Shops, Shoppers & Shopping, General Lifestyle Features, Book & Music Reviews, Northern Ireland's Creative Arts - Commissions/Invitations [email protected]

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Joe Cushnan was born and raised in Belfast and now lives in England. After a long career in retail management, he now devotes more time to writing. He has an ever-increasing portfolio of published features, reviews and poetry and has written the biography Stephen Boyd: From Belfast To Hollywood about the star of Ben-Hur.
Books: Shops, Shoppers, Shopping & Shafted; Before Amnesia: Seeds Of A Memoir; Shaking Hands; Retail Confidential; Much Calamity & The Redundance Kid; Stephen Boyd: From Belfast To Hollywood; Hamish Sheaney: The Nearly-Man Of Irish Literature; Juggling Jelly; Geek!; A Belfast Kid; Jack Elam, I Gave You The Best Years Of My Life; The Chuckle Files; The Poems Of Hamish Sheaney: Remastered & Expanded; Only Yules & Verses; Only Drools & Corsets; Fun With Words, Fun With Rhyme; Fun With Words, Fun With Noise
 
Creative portfolio includes The Galway Review, Scarlet Leaf Review, Derwent Poetry Festival 2015, 2015 Templar Poetry Anthology “Mill”, Octavius Magazine, Ireland’s Big Issue, Ink, Sweat & Tears, Belfast Telegraph, 2013 Belfast Book Festival, Irish News, BBC TV NI “Stephen Boyd: The Man Who Never Was”, BBC Radio Sheffield “Rony Robinson”, BBC Radio Ulster “Saturday Magazine”, BBC Radio 4 “You & Yours”, The Guardian, Tribune, NZ Management, The Grocer, Retail Week, Edge, Open Eye, Yorkshire Post, The Catholic Herald, Cambridge Evening News, The London Paper, Southern Cross, NZ Freelance, Writer’s News, Belfast News Letter, Irelands Own, Fortnight, The Dalhousie Review; Blithe Spirit; The Cannon’s Mouth, Poetry Monthly, Poetic Comment, Bard, Current Accounts, Candelabrum, Decanto, Inclement, Haiku Scotland, Time Haiku, etc. 

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Joe Cushnan writes things [email protected] OVER 108,000 VIEWS IN 5 YEARS

FREELANCE WRITER - [email protected] 35-YEAR+ RETAIL MANAGEMENT CAREER (COMMISSIONS ACCEPTED FOR GENERAL PIECES ON SHOPS, SHOPPERS, SHOPPING, RETAIL OPERATIONS AND THE "OLD DAYS") BELFAST-BORN, SO VERY INTERESTED IN FAMOUS NAMES FROM NORTHERN IRELAND (COMMISSIONS ACCEPTED FOR PROFILES OF ACTORS, WRITERS, MUSICIANS, NOSTALGIA PIECES, ET AL) A NEAR-60-YEAR-OLD SENSE OF HUMOUR (COMMISSIONS ACCEPTED FOR "AT LARGE" PIECES ON LIFE'S QUIRKY WAYS) I'M OPEN FOR BUSINESS, KEYBOARD CRANKED UP AND BRAIN...

BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
The days of Ulster singer-songwriter David McWilliams - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk

Although it was Marc Almond who achieved chart success with The Days Of Pearly Spencer, for many the definitive version of the definitive megaphone-enhanced song will always be the original recording by the Ulster troubadour. On what would have been his 70th birthday Joe Cushnan recalls the genius of a singer-songwriter who never really enjoyed the success he so deserved.

BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
Golden ingredients that made Cilla Black shine - and why we'll not see her like again -...

The recent death of Cilla Black prompted Joe Cushnan to look back to the wholesome Saturday night television of old - before the egos, the nastiness and the distractions. Cilla Black has passed away and a few weeks ago we lost Val Doonican, both very successful singers who evolved into even more successful variety television performers.

BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
BHS: It's hats off to the high street chain I'm very attached to many years on -...

Anyone familiar with British Home Stores (I still call it that) in Belfast will know the staircase to the first floor at the Castle Lane side. Every morning, 10 minutes before opening, the store manager would stand halfway up and address the gathered staff of whatever stripe to deliver the day's news and instructions.

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