Published on July 7th, 2008 | by Filthy Pedro


Uke Stanza aka Colin Shaddick in book launch shocker

In possibly the first book published by one of the UK antifolk gang, Barnstaple’s ‘splendidly eccentric’ poet and singer/songwriter finally unleashes his long awaited creative opus.

In his book, Isn’t Sex Noisy, Colin Shaddick brings us a wide range of songs and poems, and he presents this first collection of thirty-one songs, forty-four poems, seven haiku and a sample of his humorous illustrations, with a wry smile and a jaunty whistle of content.

All are sharply observed works that often reflect a difficult, but very interesting life. The voices that howl at us from the pages are full of passion and often laced with an extremely large spoonful of humour and wit.

“People often ask me what inspires me. Well, I think it’s the minutiae in life that attracts me. The odd things we all do, or experience: everyday mishaps that often get overlooked.

My good friend, Ken Sprague, well known as the Peoples Artist, always encouraged me to look at life from a different angle. ‘Everyone is a special kind of artist,’ he’d say. I owe a great deal to Ken.

I started taking my poetry more seriously about ten years ago, after I suddenly approached a few of life’s more painful twists and turns; without brakes! I suppose I looked on writing as my safety valve: a productive way to keep my sanity and let-off some steam at the same time.

Song writing was something I thought I’d try too. The poetry and song writing seemed to walk hand-in-hand. My poems started to be published in small magazines, and out of the blue, BBC Radio 4 invited me on the Ramblings programme, with Clare Balding, featuring my haiku. Shortly after, two of my songs made it into the John Peel Festive Fifty Show, for two consecutive years.”

Isn’t Sex Noisy is a very playful and extremely well produced volume; published by Original Plus.

Signed copies are available direct from the author. For further information contact:



Colin will be happy to sign copies of his book at the Appledore Book Festival 2008.


About the Author

is an Antifolk musician and founder of the British Antifolk movement. Some say he is over 10,000 years old and sees Antifolk as the evolution of folk music. Others say he is actually originally from Anglesey and first got into Antifolk when he realised the type of music he liked and made had a name.

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