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Dark Angels Note 169

Dearest Friends

Welcome back to our Friday Note – our weekly collection of writerly thoughts.



Today marks the anniversary of the death of John Lennon (09 October 1940 – 08 December 1980).

Lennon, best known as a singer, songwriter and musician from The Beatles, was shot dead on this day in 1980 in Manhattan.

Aside from music, his first love was art. As a teenager about to fail his O Levels, it was his artistic talent that got him a place at the Liverpool College of Art. A talent that he’d shared in his self-published newspaper, The Daily Howl.

The Beatles released three new singles since Lennon’s death, including the latest and last ever ‘Now And Then’ which uses artificial intelligence, to an extent, to finish the song.



“…he used his own sense of poetry to guide his writing, often letting the music “flow through him””.

In his career, Lennon penned over 200 songs. Read more about his songwriting process in this article on Far Out Magazine.



Pick a Beatles song title as a starting point and see where it leads. Write the title down and continue from there in a piece of free writing for five minutes.

We’d love to see what you come up with if you’d like to share.



Congratulations to Dark Angels partner Elen Lewis for winning the 2023 Mslexia Short Story competition, with her story It might be lonelier without the loneliness,’ and to finalist Lucy Beevor.

Both stories are available to read in Mslexia’s Best Women’s Short Fiction 2023 anthology.


Keep sending us any poems, writings, links and writerly whatnots that you’d like to share with the wider Dark Angels family. We love to read them.





Weekly Tuesday Gatherings

Join us again for a reflective hour of reading, writing and communing led by Neil Baker. Everyone is welcome – from the Dark Angels community and beyond. We meet at 7pm UK time. To join us, click here on the night. There’s no need to register in advance.


Be well, keep reading, keep writing and know that we’re always here.

From everyone at Dark Angels



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