Saturday, January 28, 2012

'Exile' - by Van Pace


Exile is the second exiting short novel in the Theomachy series, which began with Heretic and the series continues with Enforcer.

Fourteen years ago, Brother Stefan made a terrible mistake. A single vengeful act, fuelled by grief and hatred and fear, in a lifetime of hard work and good intentions ... He has spent every waking moment since then serving the Beneficent Numina, and trying to make up for his error of judgement in the worst possible way – by eradicating himself and leaving an empty husk in place of his heart.
Stefan took shelter with the gods because they could forgive worse sinners than him. Seven centuries earlier, the Numina had forgiven the worst of the lot: Rory Kempe, first-and-only prophet to grace Xerxes – a planet forgotten by all others, and ruled over by a theocracy which had gladly turned its back on the Universe.
Then, through the machinations of Hathor – the Numina’s Primary Servant, and Xerxes’ ruling artificial intelligence – Stefan was sent off-world to retrieve Kempe’s own account of his conversion, known simply as the Book. Life beyond Xerxes proved to be more confusing and dangerous than he could have imagined.

Now Brother Stefan returns to Rock Point Abbey with two responsibilities: Kempe’s journal, stolen from his homeworld centuries before, and a four-year-old orphan called Yuki. He delivers the Book to his superiors at Rock Point Abbey with relief, hoping to be allowed to take up his old life of walking and preaching.
But life has other plans for him.
Stefan used to be a clever and compassionate man. A strong man who would fight for his friends; would shelter the unfortunate and protect the innocent. He was a deep and passionate lover – he was loyal and caring and brave. And if it were not for that one terrible mistake, made so long ago, he could be all those things again ...
Stefan has spent fourteen years denying his past. When he gets the chance to change his future, it will take courage to make the right choice.
How does a man regain his honour, once he loses it?

How does he reclaim the woman for whom his love has never wavered?

How does he make amends for the death of a true friend?

This time, Stefan is going to have to fight.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

'Heretic' - by Van Pace


Seven centuries after conquest of the human colony on Xerxes by the alien Numina, Brother Stefan’s religious order act as watchdogs against revolt. As he attends the deathbed of a heretic, the Numina give Stefan a warning to deliver to his superiors at Rock Point Abbey. The message is greeted with anger and distrust, and Stefan is forced to rely on an unlikely ally for protection: Hathor, the sole surviving artificial intelligence on Xerxes.

The price of Stefan’s safety is the retrieval of a stolen book, and the task will take him on a lengthy and dangerous journey to La Infanta – an off-world way-station on the verge of a bloody coup. Even away from Xerxes, other forces are in motion. The Numina may be stirring, but their ancient enemy the Berefhi are already advancing towards Xerxes. Between the two opposing alien sides, their agents and servants are poised, like pieces on a chessboard.

At the centre of all their actions, the stolen book exerts its hold over monks and rebels alike. This most holy of texts is flawed, and to read it is to invite the taint of heresy. By the end of their journey, neither Stefan nor any of his fellow passengers will remain unchanged. Some will survive and some will not, but all will be altered irrevocably.

Heretic is the first gripping short novel in the Theomachy Series. The second is Exile.


'Cheerful Sin' – a song by Victor Rikowski:

‘The Lamb’ by William Blake – set to music by Victor Rikowski:

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Friday, January 20, 2012

'The Lamb' by William Blake - set to music by Victor Rikowski


Back when I was in Havering Sixth-Form College, at the age of 17/18, I remember setting this poem by Blake to my own song. Although I haven't played it since then, the tune always remains within my mind. This is a revisit to that song that I wrote 7/8 years ago now. This might not be exactly as it was then, but the opening tune is the one that stuck with me for all these years.

Victor Rikowski

Little Lamb, who made thee? Dost thou know who made thee?

Gave thee life, and bid thee feed

By the stream and o'er the mead;

Gave thee clothing of delight,

Softest clothing, woolly, bright;

Gave thee such a tender voice,

Making all the vales rejoice? Little Lamb, who made thee? Dost thou know who made thee? Little Lamb, I'll tell thee, Little Lamb, I'll tell thee:

He is called by thy name,

For he calls himself a Lamb.

He is meek, and he is mild;

He became a little child.

I a child, and thou a lamb.

We are called by his name. Little Lamb, God bless thee! Little Lamb,

God bless thee!

Arrangement and performance by Victor Rikowski

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Friday, January 13, 2012

Symposium on the Work of Paula Allman


Marxism and Education: Renewing Dialogues XVI
A Day Seminar, 10.30 – 5.00
Saturday February 4th, 2012
Institute of Education, University of London
20 Bedford Way, WC1
The Drama Studio


Sara Carpenter (University of Toronto)
Helen Colley (Manchester Metropolitan University)
Margaret Ledwith (University of Cumbria)
Peter Mayo (University of Malta)
Michael Neary (University of Lincoln)
Glenn Rikowski (University of Northampton)

This is an open seminar and tickets are free.
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Convenors: Tony Green, Alpesh Maisuria & Glenn Rikowski

Times Higher Education (Obituary): Paula Allman (1944-2011) –

Major Works of Paula Allman:

Critical Education Against Global Capitalism: Karl Marx and Revolutionary Critical Education (2010) Second Edition, with a new Foreword by Peter McLaren and a new Afterward by Paula Allman, Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

On Marx: An Introduction to the Revolutionary Intellect of Karl Marx (2007) Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

Critical Education Against Global Capitalism: Karl Marx and Revolutionary Critical Education (2001) Westport, Connecticut: Bergin & Garvey.

Revolutionary Social Transformation: Democratic Hopes, Political Possibilities and Critical Education (1999) Westport, Connecticut: Bergin & Garvey.

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