What's New

on Tom East's BENYBONT Site as at March, 2021?

What's New on the Benybont Site?

WHY WRITE HAIKU? Tom East's latest, is not just about the Haiku, nor indeed is it only about poetry. It's about WORDS ON WORDS, in the widest sense.

The ELDRITCH BLOG has been dormant recently, but it is now stirring back into life. The latest relates to something that actually happened in the Smalls Lighthouse 220 years ago. The story appeared in THE EVE OF ST ELIGIUS and was used as part of the libretto for the opera, FOR THOSE IN PERIL. You can hear a scene from the opera and see the full score of this scene. Invitees (not all of whom I have to know personally) can contribute to the ELDRITCH BLOG and anyone (moderated) can comment on an existing blog.

The non-fiction LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE was published worldwide on 31st August, 2020. The accompanying  NEW section on this website includes details of the availability of the book, details of its content and samples of some early reviews. The introductory section of the book, STROKES, is also given in full.

I am endeavouring to make this website accessible to blind and partially sighted people. There are, I know, things I have to do, like ensuring all the pictures and unlabelled links are accompanied by ALT texts. This I am addressing on a piecemeal basis. This is a big site and it will take me some time to achieve this aim. However, I am assured by a visually impaired friend that the site is already reasonably accessible to those who use screen readers. So, if this applies to you, feel free to plunge in. If you find any problems, please don't hesitate to CONTACT ME.

LP Hartley, in The Go Between said ‘The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.’ The key word here is differently. In the nineteen-fifties, the time when most of the events in A Fifties' Childhood took place, things were certainly different. Not worse and not better, simply different. We should not to look back through rose-coloured glasses, nor yet though darkly tinted shades.


The book is an attempt to take a detailed and honest look back at a world now gone. It is now AVAILABLE from WATERSTONE'S, WH SMITH and elsewhere. Click HERE for details of availability.

Judas is hardly mentioned in the Bible. There are even two versions of his death. Essentially, he is a cipher for all things bad rather than a person.

But what if his real role was altogether more significant? What if he was nothing less than the writer of the earliest gospel? And what if fragments of the manuscript were found in what is now Iraq, on the eve of the Western invasion in 2003?

Tommy's War: July, 1914, has many strands. Some may see it as primarily a speculative fiction story, others as a romance across the rigid social divisions of the early Twentieth Century. Still others will see it as a family story crossing the generations or as a historical novel (characters include real people as diverse as Queen Victoria and Charlie Chaplin). It can be read as an adventure story. In fact, it is all of those things. Like The Greenland Party, this has a separate part of the website devoted to it. This is extensive and includes a number of features not directly connected with the novel, like an eclectic selection of war poetry. The volume is available as both a paperback and an e-book.