THE WEBSITE: Tychy has big ambitions for the short story in the twenty-first century and on the internet. As of 2014, this website features over a hundred short stories; by the end of my life it will hopefully look something like the One Thousand and One Nights. Like Saki, Tychy is droll; like Poe, it can be ghastly. Sadly, it is not often like Chekhov, Mansfield, or Carver, though maturity eventually comes to most of us in the end.


THE CITY: Tychy is based in Edinburgh, and it offers an occasional commentary on this city’s civic and cultural affairs. It also produces literary criticism and political essays; satire when satire is necessary; dialogues and Edinburgh Fringe theatre reviews; and illustrations and cartoons.

THE AUTHOR: Zbigniew Tycienski (b.1974) grew up in south-east Poland. He graduated from the University of Silesia in Katowice with a degree in engineering, but after 1995 he left Poland and worked in Greece and Italy. In 2004 he migrated to the United Kingdom. After brief spells in York and London, he settled in Edinburgh.

THE EDITOR: James Mooney (b.1982) graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2005 with an MA in History and English Literature. He graduated again from the same university in 2008 with an MS in English Literature.


THE EMAIL: There have been some truly disastrous proofreading disasters during the history of this website. If you are an academic whose name has been spelled incorrectly or an actress who has been described as playing Gertrude when you were actually Ophelia, please drop a line to tychywordpress@googlemail.com.


A WARNING: Keep your filthy hands off all of the copywritten material on this website. There is a special circle of hell for students who plagiarise, in which laughing demons force offenders to re-read novels by Alexander McCall Smith for billions and billions of years.


Congratulations on finding this website and thanks for visiting.

24 thoughts on “About”

  1. pseudonymblog said:

    I really like your header picture…I’ve been trying, to no avail, to find something good for mine…but since I haven’t…I guess I’ll keep the boring blue…

    P.S….thanks for the Blogroll add, you’ve been added to mine, as well…and thanks for the super sweet comment!

  2. Dear Tychy
    I fully agree with your denunciation of these sweaty eccentrics. As a tax paying mother of five, it infuriates me that my money is used to further their silly past times – like the twerp who does a glorified hop. skip and jump. Apparently us tax payers ploughed £400m into this rubbish – £20m for each gold medal – and are they gold – what is their scrap value? It’s a disgrace.

    I think that this refers to London 2012: Stop the Madness. Ed.

  3. woebegonewife said:

    Like your headers. No idea why you linked to me, but what the hell! I’ll link back.

  4. Paul Hart said:

    Please remove my e-mail address from my comment on the Retreat. Thank you!

    • Your e-mail address should be gone – it’s no longer visible to me – cheers for the comment, btw, and please tell me if you can still see your address. your computer may have saved it in connection to the page, but it’s not publicly accessible. tychy.

  5. Hi there, great blog, good to meet a fellow Edinburgh blogger. I’m not a student and I won’t be plagiarising, although I do, now, consider myself ‘told’ in advance! WBW, CBC

  6. Caitlin said:

    Hi there, I know it says ‘don’t plagiarise’ but I was hoping I could use you as a source? I’m particularly interested in the 2009 Hawthorn article, and was hoping you could give me the correct information so I could accurately quote & reference you?
    That is only if you give me permission to quote you of course,
    Thanks alot!

    • Well, to “plagiarise” means to steal somebody’s writing and pretend that it’s your own, but it doesn’t sound as if you’d do anything that wicked. I’d be honoured if you’d quote anything from this website. You should reference the pseudonym (Tychy) and you should also provide the article title, the date it was posted, and maybe the web address too.
      Good luck with your work. Thanks for visiting.

  7. Margaret Harkness said:

    Hmm. “No plagiarising” but you’ve used a photo of mine for which I don’t recall you asking my permission. It may be that my memory is at fault and if so, apologies. If not, I’ll give you retrospective permission but please do ask permission of any photographer whose work you wish to use.

    • Err… woebegonewife? That’s an avatar – you created it and then left it on my website. Or at least one of us must have and it wasn’t me. As for the permission of photographers, I don’t think that this website has ever featured a single photograph.

  8. Barking, keep up with the tablets!
    Woof Woof, you mad bashturd lolz

  9. Hello Bonnie. I am a budding writer from Kingston, Jamaica. I was looking at your website, and I would like to ask you if you could review a short story for me? Just please tell me what are your opinions about my story and how to improve it. That is if you are interested in my proposal??? I wait for an answer. Thanks. Paul.

  10. moikaturns said:

    Read the ‘on the road’ piece – the comments make disturbing reading! When all about were losing their heads, you at least kept yours.

  11. Hey, I’m Paris Carter owner and operator of The Bibliomaniacs, a writing/book review site. We’re launching our new magazine in the Fall. And I was wondering if you were interested in submitting a short story, essay, or poem. Please contact me if you’re interested!

  12. Carrie Smith said:

    May your ink never run dry. And if it does, I shall cross oceans to bring fresh cartridges.

  13. Gin dobre! jesteś wielkim oszustem, przyjacielu!

    Musisz zrobić rysunek Botendaddy!

    Wiesz co mówię?

    Pokój to Botendaddy

    • Kurwa mać, no I don’t understand anything.

      • I had hoped my knowledge of Sowiejt 🇷🇺 Russian and Tito Kommunist Serboi-Croatian (CROATOAN?) would help to write dobre Polskja, but something got lost in translation, I think gangster could be interpreted as ‘crook’ like Tricky ‘Dick’ Nixon.

        Pax est Botendaddy

  14. On plagiarism, I was deemed guilty of self-plagiarism as part of the punishment first I had to fight my evil twin Klingon self, then Captain Kirk (Pronounced Crunch) with our wrists tied together and a knife in the middle in a jar of petroleum jelly. Then I had to fight a really slow-moving Gorn, who I blew up. I mean the lizard was just defending himself. Then I fought a fake Indian named Kirok, then a Utah religious computer named Landru, then finally a robot named Nomad. I am Nomad… sterilize… sterilize…

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