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The Merrie England Conspiracy

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September 15, 2022  |  802 views

The Merrie England Conspiracy (book) by Mark WoodwardWho’s a lad to trust, when even his best friend has his own agenda?

Colin is terrified of having his hair cut, especially at Butcher Barnet’s. He’d much rather go with his best mate, Dezzie, to the Merrie England Amusement Park. Luckily for Colin, Dezzie comes up with a foolproof plan…

Set in England in the late 1960s, The Merrie England Conspiracy is a 12,000 word comedy about friendship, trust, loss of innocence and local politics.

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Author's Notes

The idea for the story originated from my own fear of being sent for a haircut as a boy, and my powerlessness while the haircut was happening. I began to wonder how an unscrupulous barber might use that fear for his own ends, and the notes I wrote eventually became The Merrie England Conspiracy. I liked the story so much I've also written a version for radio, and would be very pleased to hear from any producers who need new material.

About Mark Woodward

GB United Kingdom

I’ve spent most of my working life teaching adults and managing education projects, including a small social enterprise. I can safely say that teaching is a lot more fun than management. As well as English, Maths and Creative Writing, I’ve devised and taught courses for local community groups, both online and in traditional classes. Before entering adult learning I worked in the travel trade...

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