About ‘A View From A Car Park’ and its Author

Benjamin Norris is a published author of fiction and poetry, currently living in Budapest and working as a lecturer at a leading arts and architecture university. His work is mainly preoccupied with religious and mythic themes and their introduction into mundane and urban settings, where they can be allowed to expose themselves as continuations of the simplest and most human narratives. Whilst the allusions to the Indian epics are obvious, references and inspiration is taken from sources reaching from Baltic to African narrative cultures.

Benjamin has also worked as an arts journalist for a couple of German magazines, and is heavily involved in the world of visual arts.

Currently working on four thematic short screenplays and a mixed media visual exhibition, he appreciates constructive feedback and thanks you for visiting this uncensored and complete storage unit for all of his creative output.

76 responses to “About ‘A View From A Car Park’ and its Author

  • William Lawson

    “Why is this bit being read more than the other bits?” Curiosity, of course. Typically, people are far more interested in the “who” than the “what.” In my defense, it was the remarkable quality of your writing (the “what”) that aroused my interest in learning about the “who” behind the words. While I’ve only read two of your posts, I will definitely return to read many more.

    P.S. I share your interest in Hesse. In fact I just read some of his autobiographical writings a few days ago, and was impressed (once again) by the unusual quality of his writing. It’s been many years since I read his major novels, but still feel that they (collectively) remain in the top tier of our literary and/or cultural inheritance.

  • benchic

    Oh, many thanks – how very kind of you. I must say this blog has come on a long way since I wrote this fairly informal and slightly daft introduction (I never thought I would stick with it for more than a couple of weeks, let alone half a year), so perhaps it is high time to update.

    I agree with you in regards to Hesse – I find his work addictive, his great novels seem to change in small ways each time I read them (it is, of course, me who is changing) and I don’t know another writer who does this to the same extent. I’m re-reading ‘Demian’ at the moment, actually, and re-kindling my fascination in Gnosticism.

    Thanks again,


  • jose

    in my defense…i read love poem no. 46 before wondering about the who…

    about to enjoy reading some more i am sure!

  • knowledgetoday

    I love your site. Keep it up !

  • Jaret Choolun

    Hi there Benjamin

    I only just stumbled upon your blog right now- your writing is wonderful. I’m starting out in the world of composition, and am writing a lot of choral music. Would you be open to me setting your work? If so get back to me at choolun.jaret@gmail.com and we can set something up. I’d be thrilled if you would agree!


    Jaret Choolun

  • Liliana Negoi

    nice to get to know you and your works ;). i’ve leafed a little your blog and everything my sight fell on so far is very good – i’m really glad to be around here :).

  • twinklysparkles

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I haven’t gotten to look around too much here yet, but I look forward to delving a bit more.

  • Francois Bergh

    Gut-punching good! You spoke to my soul 😉

  • Benjamin Norris

    Thankyou ever so much. I just found your site today, and I’m looking forward to browsing it further.

  • angrysampoetry

    Hey man,
    Thanks for liking my post – I appreciate it! Enjoying looking round your blog. Peace. Sam

  • the circular runner

    hi Benjamin,

    thanks for reading and liking the story on http://www.thehistoryofthings.com. it means a lot considering how good your own work is. if you get a chance, consider subscribing. i could use the friends/readers.

    be well,

  • purpleborough

    Thank you for stopping by 0-60….haven’t looked around as yet here. Intro seems fascinating.

  • Shiny

    hii,,this is my first read here,,& i’m loving it.. 🙂

    i loved reading through your site..!!
    i am following it.

    by the way, i am Shiny, a new blogger and i love penning down my feelings and thoughts, if u can just comment on my posts,,so as to make the future posts better..


    ..and i just love reading any poetry & literature..

  • adeeyoyo

    Thank you very much, Benjamin, for visiting my blog and for liking two of my posts, African Rain and Autumn Mirrors. I must say you seem to be very talented in many directions. I have only glanced at your last two poems and love what I saw. I hope to look through your blog this weekend and see what else you have done. I see this blog was began in July 2008 so you have been writing for some time. I only began last year and one could say it was by accident or experimentation.

  • Benjamin Norris

    Hi Shiny! I enjoyed your pieces and thanks for popping into my space. I’ll keep visiting 🙂

    Adeeyoyo: You’re more than welcome, and thanks for visiting. I enjoyed your pieces very much.
    I’m more surprised than anyone at how long this blog has been regularly updated – it began as an experiment for me, also, an experiment is patience and persistence which seems to have paid off at least partially. I look forward to more posts from you, you have a lovely lightness in your words.

  • dbrookings

    Nice poetry. I like the intensity. Keep it up and thanks for stopping by my site. Cheers.

  • D.D.

    Cool site! Thanks for reading my fiction!

  • Steve Austin

    Benjamin! Thanks so much for dropping by my site! I was absolutely shocked when I saw “Benjamin Norris liked your post”…why? Because my Grandfather’s name is Benjamin Norris House. What a cool, small world!

    Have a great day and keep up the writing! I’ll be back!

    –Steve Austin

  • jmmcdowell

    A very belated thanks for visiting my blog. I’m still learning my way through WordPress and realizing that gmail makes mistakes in regards to spam. It’s a small world – one of my followers spent 11 years in Hungary before going back to the UK.

  • brightforce

    Thanks for liking my post “Defeated Fools”…. It’s an honor to be “liked” by such a gifted writer. I’ll be definitely be back to read more.

  • kdf62

    Thanks for visiting my blog, I’m looking around at yours right now.

  • lscotthoughts

    Hi Ben,

    Thanks so much for your visit and for your “like,” which brings me to your blog! I shall peruse and get back to you! 🙂

  • Mahesh Deshpande

    thanks for liking my blog post “Reading रामचरितमानस”

  • scratchatary

    Love it man….

  • maxcowan

    Thanks for dropping by my place – pleased you enjoyed exceeding the speed of light.

    Have just read you Rimbaud piece – loved it, I will be back and thanks again for your “thumbs up”.

  • libraryscene

    a most interesting site…you’ve the curse of being multi-talented, ergo, your lament about the other blog not being visited (I followed the link) is a tough one; it is hard to find a home for all of one’s writings (if content is quite diverse). I wish it were not the witching hour for I would love to peruse further…another time, cheers ~

  • bittercharm

    Aah i found you, at last. I saw you visited my blog and your profile aroused my curiosity. I had find out who my first published author visitor is and here you are! Thank you for the visit… and I love your blog. I will stick around and will take time to read through it all.

  • Iain Mavro Coggins

    Thanks for noticing my blog. I am quite impressed with yours. I hope you will read my work. Clearly we have a mutual interest in myth and its potential for informing modern life. I have written a novel about education that employs the bloody rites of Dionysos as a central motif. Hope you’ll continue following me!

  • InnerDialect

    wow, and thank you Benjamin for visiting.. must return and read your work / fascinates..

  • jmmcdowell

    I listed you as one of my fifteen recently found blogs in my acceptance of the Versatile Blogger Award – thus giving you the award, too. I know people have mixed views about these awards. But I view them as an opportunity to let people know about blogs they might not have found otherwise. And your blog is one I definitely enjoy following. Keep up the great work!

  • unsungpoet

    You sound like quite an interesting and creatively talented fellow and I am looking forward to checking out more of your blog…

    • Benjamin Norris

      Thankyou so very much for your compliments and for taking the time to peruse even some very old pieces! It means the world to me.

  • Anna Mark

    Your life and work sounds fascinating and I’m happy to be on board this storage unit of your creative energy. Do check out my “Myth and Legend” category some time, and you may also enjoy my “Selkie” poems. These links are in the sidebar. I look forward to exploring your blog, too. Cheers!

  • Valentina Kaquatosh

    I am very impressed and honored that you liked my most recent posted poem at my blog. I am also very glad to discover your words, for they are passionate and moving, I find myself re-reading them and slowly devouring them in my mind like I would a favorite dessert. Please feel free to come back and visit my blog any time, for I will have more work to share. And please, keep writing! I look forward to reading/paging through your archives and seeing more.

    Peace and blessings to you!

  • abmaude

    Thanks for reading my latest poem at Rumours of Rhyme. Glad you liked it.

  • Th3 Scribbl3r

    Thank you so much for stopping by and reading one of my stories, I am glad you enjoyed it. I’m really intrigued and will come back when I have more time and check out more of your output, but wanted to make sure to come by and say thank you for taking the time to read my work. I will be sure to reciprocate.

  • Gilly Goldsworthy

    My you’re a gifted poet! thanks for visiting me and my humble efforts, I try to write poetry sometimes but its not my forte (I think I objectify too much). I’ll have to pop round and again and learn from a master.

  • Anna Mark

    Hello Benjamin, I was just given the “Versatile Blogger Award” and part of the requirements for receiving this award is to pass it along to other bloggers whose blogs are enjoyable and admirable…so, I have nominated your blog for this award. To find out what the rules are, etc., you have to visit my blog and see the posting, “Versatile Blogger Award.” Although this award is nice to receive, I have to admit I did find it a little tedious especially because my “links” option is not working. I hope you enjoy receiving this award. You can nominate up to 15 other bloggers. Cheers!

  • Caddo Veil

    Thank you much for visiting me today–sending you good wishes for an excellent New Year–God bless you richly!

  • dbrookings

    Thanks for checking put my blog. Love your blog, keep it up.

  • Jemmy Farmer

    Thank you for taking the time to read my poetry. Awesome blog looking forward to reading more


  • goodpulp

    I noticed you read and liked my short story, ‘His own architect’.

    First off, thank you for reading it and while I won’t thank you for liking it because that sounds odd, I will say I appreciate it very much.

    However, I was curious – from one writer to another – what did you like about it. It’s rare for me to get feedabck from actual writers – it’s mostly readers or friends of mine.

    Any feedback would be more than welcome – shit, even if it’s negative.

    Thanks again – and you’re pretty fucking awesome yourself.

  • thebeautifuls

    Your works are incredible! I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. You can see the post and the rules at http://wp.me/pJ5Ym-38. Thank you for being, creating and sharing!!

  • Where We Dawn

    Always a pleasure to read your work.

  • thomag1

    Thanks for dropping by, Benjamin.

  • jillsbooks

    So, you like Celery! It did just make me smile on this raw, January day when what I want to see is snow here in Minnesota, and yet what we’ve got is brown drabness. Thanks for visiting my blog. Do you still live in Budapest? I find that fascinating.

  • villagepeasant

    benjii. You’re a man of substance. I will have to visit your site more often. I feel honored that you liked my poem re: A Vote for Ron Paul.

  • Polly Robinson

    Thanks for looking at my blog, I like this, I shall return

  • Lucianus Mauricius

    I just want to let you know that you’ve been nominated for the versatile-blogger-award. Check out the rules and all on my blog.

  • unpub

    Mesmeric words – Much enjoyed – Will return

  • thomag1

    Hi Benjamin –
    I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award at http://thomag2.wordpress.com. Your poetry is spell-binding, at times, very thoughtful and quite insightful. It needs to be read by more and more people and definitely, has to be awarded again and again. thanks


  • Ingrid van Amsterdam

    Hi Benjamin, you see I’ve just found your blog 😉
    Thank you so much for liking my post “A Maze to the Core” ~ 1, much appreciated! I see you’re interested in the religious and mythic, and your involvement in the visual arts ~ excellent. I will add you to my blogroll so I can check your posts every now and then.
    Love & Light, Peace & Harmony, All Ways, Always

  • thomag1

    Hi Benjamin –
    Thanks for hitting the ‘like’ button on my little poem ‘You are my Dream.’
    Of course, I wrote that when I was much younger and about a girl who would eventually become my wife. Support and attention from someone of your writing caliber is rewarding and gives me a ‘feel good’ appreciation.
    Thank you and my blessing to you and those you love!


  • Carrie Craig

    Hello Benjamin-
    I write to thank you for liking my article on the “Eve of Epiphany”. It is always great to meet new people through the world of blogging and I am happy to be introduced to you and your work. Your writing is inspiring. I will look forward to more reflections as you travel this journey.

  • thomag1

    thanks again for the ‘like’ on Fairy Jolie…Benjamin

  • sitateofani

    thank you for liking my post which far from the perfection that your own works show. will continue my reading yours. Inspiring.

  • snacksandwrites

    Benjamin, although I’m not there now… I started and own… Iguana. My partner Mo still runs it, and Arriba. Tell him you read my blog… he’ll laugh and give you some tacos.

  • Asni

    Thank you for liking my Haiku. It’s a great honor. I’ve just only started and have a lot to learn. You’ve got a new fan to your writings.

  • rebekahburgess

    Hi, I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. More details can be found here: http://tiny.cc/1d2ia. I hope you like it.

  • Zephyr

    I like your blog, so I’m offering you the Versatile Blogger Award. If you’d like to take part, please visit my recent post to read the rules: http://presentsofmind.wordpress.com/2012/02/02/paying-it-forward/

  • ybawany

    Hey Benjamin!

    Appreciate you liking my post. Thank you.


  • rebekahburgess

    Hi Benjamin, I know you don’t get into these awards, but I’ve nominated you for the ABC Blogger Award. Details here: http://tinyurl.com/6vt4erd. You have a mention on the post – (He’s a fine poet. His imagery is palpable and I love the way he puts together his words. I’m humbled that he’s even liked some of my work. You’d do well to check out his) – so hopefully that will attract a few people your way! Thank you for your support. Rebekah

    • Benjamin Norris

      Thankyou so much Rebekah, I do genuinely appreciate these awards, and often follow the links on them to find work I really like. Thankyou so much!

  • David Eric Cummins

    I just nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award in my latest post http://decumminspoetry.wordpress.com/2012/03/04/thank-you-dear-readers/

    Your work is really incredible! Cheers!

  • Ian Wallace

    Hi Benjamin,
    I have a wine writing job that I would like to speak to you about!
    Can you speak by email?

  • Michael Massing

    Statistically, across the web, the “about” page is the next most visited page after the landing page.


  • Keenan Gruver

    The similarities in our styles creeped my out a bit, but you are quite a fantastic writer. Keep being you.

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