Just yesterday, I found out by accident – via his Facebook page- that my friend Colin Graham had died suddenly. To say it was a shock is an understatement. I knew Colin when I lived in Warsaw and many a good drinking session and chinwags with him. At the time he was doing a lot of journalism, especially for New Warsaw Express, which became New Poland Express.
The last time time I saw him was about seven years ago when he visited me here in Bydgoszcz and we went to the speedway together, he was writing an article about the rivalry between Bydgoszcz and Torun speedway fans. We had regular contact after that via Skype, SMS and Facebook.The last contact I had with him was regarding the forthcoming charity anthology that I’m editing, Exiles – An Outsider Anthology.Colin had kindly donated a piece to this collection as he also had to True Brit Grit.
Colin was always writing, in fact. He was a whirlwind, producing journalism for the likes of The Guardian, The Lancet, The Independent-on-Sunday and History Today, as well as fiction for Pulp Metal Magazine, Thrillers, Killers n Chillers, A Twist Of Noir and part of Byker Books’ Radgepacket anthologies.
Links to lots of those can be found at his blog Me and my narratives.
Colin’s death is a very, very sad loss and I hope you’ll pay tribute to Colin by checking out his writing.