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Joe Cullen's memoir - 'Coming Unstuck - a year in the life of a failed funk band' - was released by publishers Austin Macauley on 8th Decmber 2023.

'Coming Unstuck’ is a ‘faction.’ Part memoir. Part discourse on why people get stuck. And why forming a band is not necessarily the best way to get unstuck. Based on true events, the book’s front-story follows a year in the life of a London band’s attempts to claw its way up the greasy pole of the music business. Its backstory involves a journey into the dark heart of stuckness, taking in genetic theory, memetics, the history of the Border Reivers, the Liverpool Police Strike, dodgy Lourdes miracles, a Nigerian Noseband, and the refurbishment of the boilers in the Houses of Parliament. Take a front-stage seat as Cyrus, Brendan, Pete, Duff, Max, Flimsy and The Guv’nor overcome unscrupulous promoters, bogus A&R reps, death-wired amplifiers, catatonic audiences, and the music critic of the Borehamwood Times in pursuit of that elusive recording contract. Only to do a Devon Loch with the winning post in sight.

Published by Austin Macauley Publishers, Coming Unstuck is available in hardcover (ISBN No:  978-1528987059) priced £15.63, paperback (ISBN No: 978-1528984973) priced £9.19 and Kindle format (priced £2.80) on Amazon at  / and

It is also available at Waterstones and Barnes & Noble

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'Listing Dangerously' nominated by South poetry magazine for the 2010/11 Forward Prize individual poem.

Joe Cullen named 'Winner of the Poetry Kit Award, Best Single Poems , 2011'

Commendation, 'Rhyme & Reason Poetry Competition, 2012', for 'September'

Commendation, 'The Sportswriter Writing Competition 2012 ', for 'John Turner'

Commendation, 'poetrypulse annual open competition 2012 ', for 'The Last Supper'

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