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This is a story if you like about a message in a bottle The account of various men and women who are alcoholics and who I have called for the purpose of this book ,Steamboats . Each Chapter is dedicated to a particular Steamboat .

The Songwriter - Chapter One

THE SONGWRITER By Paul Mc Cann CHAPTER 1 JOURNEY FROM THE CROSSROADS I was born in 1956 in the Jubilee section of Belfast City Hospital . I could not...

The Songwriter - Chapter Two

chapChapter Two THE TRANSFORMATION It was May 1972 when I started my first job in Australia as an apprentice French polisher and spray painter . I...

The Songwriter- Chapter Three

The Songwriter By Paul McCann CHAPTER 3 THE POET IN A MAD MAD WORLD In a rented house in Pendle Hill I shared with a German couple I tried to compose...

Songwriter Chapter 4 Part 2

Songwriter A Novel by Paul McCann Chapter 4 continue COMMON GROUND Part `2 I headed for St Pancras station and purchased a one way fare to...

The Songwriter - Chapter 5 Part 1

The Songwriter – A Novel by Paul McCann Chapter Five -EMOTIONS OF A CITY Part 1 As I walked down Old Street I noticed some of the empty buildings...
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The Songwriter Chapter 5 Part 2

The Songwriter – A Novel by Paul McCann Chapter Five -EMOTIONS OF A CITY Part 2 I was grateful for the small change in my pocket because it was all I...

The Songwriter Chapter 5 part 3

The Songwriter – A Novel by Paul McCann Chapter Five -EMOTIONS OF A CITY Part 3 She had a vicious look on her face and almost spat as she spoke . “...
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The Songwriter - Chapter Six

The Songwriter Chapter Six The Dark Night Of The Soul I awoke to a new day , the sarsaparilla sky hung suspended over my head and I cleared my throat...
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The Songwriter - Chapter 7 Part 1

The Songwriter A novel by Paul McCann Chapter Seven Over The Waves Part 1 It was just after December 1988 and winter was setting in . The crossing...
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The Songwriter - Chapter 7 Part 2

The Songwriter Chapter Seven Over The Waves Part 2 People passed me by on the street and they wished me all the best and I exchanged another greeting...

The Songwriter - Chapter 8

The Songwriter Chapter Eight Return To Shore On a cold night in Blarney Street I was taken in from the rain by a tenant of a building who saw me...
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The Songwriter Chapter 9 Part 1

The Songwriter Chapter Nine Part 1 Back At The Crossroads A songwriters life is not an easy life, bringing music and songs to the streets . Many...
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The Songwriter Chapter 9 Part 2

The Songwriter Chapter Nine Back At The Crossroads Part 2 So I had come home to Belfast like a little lost lamb . I was taken by the big bad wolf to...
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The Songwriter - Chapter 10

The Songwriter Chapter 10 No Time To Spare With my six string in the closet I sat inside my berth on board the Belfast to Heysham ferry . I had money...

The Songwriter - Chapter 11

The Songwriter Chapter 11 Restricted Support I arrived in London once again alone on the corner of time . It was just another day, nothing had...
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The Songwriter - Chapter 12

The Songwriter Chapter 12 Getting Used To Appreciation I got on board the green double decker bus outside the airport in Dublin . I noticed everyone...

The Songwriter - Chapter 13

The Songwriter Chapter 13 Standing Firm It’s difficult to see beyond the horizon , or consider there are new horizons yet to come in a distant time...

The Songwriter - Chapeter 14

The Songwriter Chapter 14 A Hard Call It was October 1991 and I got off the plane in Sydney . Life had a new meaning for me now and every day was a...

The Songwriter - Chapter 15

The Songwriter Chapter 15 Signing Off After 40 years of writing songs and all of the travelling I did . It wasn’t about money or fame . It was a...

The Songwriter -Footnote

THE SONGWRITER - A Novel By Paul McCann Footnote This is the true story of a life's journey from early years in the back streets of Belfast as an...

Steamboats - Authors Preface

STEAMBOATS A novel By Paul McCann Authors Preface This book is an account of various men and women who are alcoholics and who I have called for the...

Steamboats - Chapter 1

Steamboats Chapter One Scrounger Joe This first story is set in the black and beautiful suburb of Hackney in East London . Somewhere south of the...

Steamboats - Chapter 2

Steamboats Chapter 2 Message In A Bottle This next Steamboat comes from Northern Ireland . Once again his name has been changed to protect his...

Steamboats - Chapter 3

Steamboats Chapter 3 Steamboats For Company Anybody with a bit of sense would wait until the storm has passed before setting out to sea in a boat ,...

Steamboats- Chapter 4

Steamboats Chapter 4 The Belfast Bus All aboard the nightmare . Another day for the nervous wrecks trying to find peace of mind within the troubles...
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Steamboats - Chapter 5

Steamboats Chapter 5 On The Rocks On the ground floor corridor of Purdysburn I pushed my way through these swinging doors made of thick plastic ...

Steamboats- Chapter 6

Steamboats Chapter 6 Living In A Flat With King Rat On the streets late at night , there are bins everywhere full of things no one needs any more ...

Steamboats - Chapter 7

Steamboats Chapter 7 At Salvations Door In the real world it is not a pretty place for some , but one thing about being here is sharing it with...

Steamboats- Chapter 8

Steamboats Chapter 8 From The Bullring To Belgrave And Beyond In a strangers flat near Highbury in London I sat in silence for the first time in ages...

Steamboats - Chapter 9

Steamboats Chapter 9 The Booze And The Blues In this chapter I would like you to meet a steamboat by the name of Willie . He was someone who I got to...

Steamboats - Chapter 10

Steamboats Chapter 10 The Hidden Problem I would like you to meet Denise who was the wife of a violent alcoholic . This is a true story with the...
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Steamboats - Chapter 11 - Part 1

Steamboats Chapter 11 Bert And The Bottle Part 1 After finishing my studies in nursing I began working in the community assisting clients around the...

Steamboats - Chapter 11 - Part 2

Steamboats A Novel 'by 'Paul McCann Chapter 11 Bert And The Bottle Part 2 The nurse walked into the room to do some observations on Bert and made her...

Steamboats - Chapter 12

Steamboats Chapter 12 The Great Stain Remover Sometimes the rain falls like mud staining the white sheets hanging on the washing line. There’s brown...

Steamboats - Chapter 13

Steamboats Chapter 13 One Step At A Time I have met and spoken to many people who have been admitted into hospitals for treatment with their problem...

Busking On Blisters - Authors Preface

Busking On Blisters A Novel by Paul McCann Authors Preface Let me invite you into the lonely life of travelling musician . Your welcome to come on in...

Busking On Blisters - Chapter 1 - Part 1

Busking On Blisters By Paul McCann Chapter 1 Dark Nights, Dawns And Fast Twilights. Part 1 Australia in the seventies was exciting and fashionable ...

Busking On Blisters - Chapter 1 - Part 2

Busking On Blisters By Paul McCann Chapter 1 Dark Nights, Dawns And Fast Twilights. Part 2 It was the place where I busked everyday and in my mind it...

Busking On Blisters - Chapter 2

Busking On Blisters By Paul McCann Chapter 2 The Fairy Tale Begins The concrete coloured sky stretched over London as I got off the tube from...

Busking on Blisters - Chapter 3

Busking On Blisters By Paul McCann Chapter 3 Hogmanay’s Heyday I watched the pigeons glide over the rooftops of Edinburgh , their feathers cutting...

The Hitman - Chapter 3

THE HITMAN Chapter Three Hilda’s Off The List Clouds gathered over Clatpon like vagrants of a dark world looking for the sun . Their unwanted...

The Hitman - Chapter 4

The Hitman Chapter 4 Slipping In Unnoticed Two weeks had passed since the last job and nothing had surfaced that indicated a problem with Scotland...