William McGonagall

Writing That’s So Bad It’s Good

There’s a healthy market for bad books. Game of Thrones fans were so upset by the final series of the epic show that they started trolling the two scriptwriters. When you Googled ‘bad writers’ that month, the first thing that came up was a photograph of the pair. Viewers were upset that their invested time […]

More Bad Writing

If you hired a carpenter and he built you some shelves that subsequently collapsed when you stood books on them, you’d call him a bad carpenter. So in yesterday’s article about bad writers I was interested by a number of comments (some of which I didn’t publish because they were from online trolls) which argued […]

All Writers Have Their Off Days

I’ve been running a column about missing and forgotten writers for a number of years now, and I’ve been steadily pushing for the reprinting of lost books from deserving authors. But are there some who don’t deserve resuscitation? The archetypal rubbish poet is of course William Topaz McGonagall, whose epic doggerel ‘The Tay Bridge Disaster’ offers […]