Darren Hirst


Amongst other things, I write.

I primarily write about music, theatre and sport. I’ve been published in a lot of newspapers, journals and on the internet – everything from locals to nationals, both in the UK and in the USA. I’ve written sections of a couple of good books too. I’ve been writing professionally for 30 years.

I hope you enjoy the blog “Twilight Dawning” where most of my new pieces will appear as soon as they are ready to go public. Many of them will have appeared somewhere else first but usually in shorter form so this is the place to have a look if you want to see the whole article before it was cut for space restrictions.

I also work in the charitable and faith sphere. I’m senior pastor of an unusual church in central London.

As part of our church, we have a theatre which puts on music, drama and other events. Take a look at www.ravenscourtarts.com for more information.

I’m also a husband and a father.

I’m a busy man.

If you’d like to quote from anything here, please get in touch.

2 thoughts on “Darren Hirst

  1. Hi Darren, I would like to reach out to you regarding the Sad Café discography which you made for the Sad Café website. According to the RCA International discography, there were two re-releases in the early 1980’s on the green RCA Int. label:

    Fanx Ta’Ra – INTS 5132 (NL 25101)
    Misplaced Ideals – INTS 5133 (NL 25133)

    Can you confirm that both were made? The number in brackets is my reconstructed international number. I assume that this is what’s printed on them, but I can’t actually ascertain this, as I have never seen these albums myself. I’m trying to find out more, but these albums must be very rare indeed. Any further info (images…?) you might have on them will be really appreciate.

    Best regards from Holland

    • Hi Klaas,

      The discography isn’t exhaustive but more a guide to the easiest way to track down each album today. However, I work for the band in various capacities and my collection covers most everything. There were re-releases of both of these albums after the success of Everyday Hurts in the UK (Misplaced Ideals had the different cover with the family on the beach, which btw the band hated). The catalogue numbers were 25132 and 25133 with a prefix which depended on the country of origin. The vinyl had an orange label like the pre-1980s RCA.

      Hope this helps.


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