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A Literary Event of Some Kind

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The above poster, by the magnificent Hannah Neale, is for a new event I’m running/hosting in Leamington Spa. It is, as is probably pretty evident, called ‘A Literary Event of Some Kind’, as it is some kind of literary event.

It’s a bit of an experiment. The excellent people at LAMP – the Leamington Live Art and Music Project, where we hosted the Tony Law Edinburgh preview earlier this year – approached me to see if there was a way we could hold a kind of non-stuffy, fun, inclusive literary sorta night. This is what I came up with. If it’s successful, we’ll hopefully run them every couple of months.

The format of the night is this: I’m hosting/MCing the thing, talking a bit about what I’ve been reading recently, and I’ll be reading some excerpts from the Literary Review’s 2013 Bad Sex Award nominees throughout. Birmingham-based short story writer Alan Beard will be reading from some of his work, as well as chatting about the craft of writing. I’ll show a book-focused video or two, and we’ll have the inaugural edition of ‘Speech Karaoke’, where a guest actor will pop by to perform a famous speech from history. What will the speech be this time? Check the date of the event – that’s your only clue.

I’ll also be setting a completely voluntary creative writing task for anyone who fancies joining in. We – either the writer, myself, Alan, or our actor guest – will read these at the end of the night. And there will be booze-based encouragement to stick around and hear the results.

The idea is that the night is interesting and fun for both writers and readers, and anyone with an interest in prose. (Any poetry submitted for the creative writing part of the evening will need to be accompanied by a paragraph of justification.)

It happens on Friday November 22, with doors from 7pm, and costs just £3. Check out the venue info here: http://leamingtonlamp.co.uk/event/a-literary-event-of-some-kind/

And purchase tickets in advance here: http://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Coventry/LAMP/A-Literary-Event-of-Some-Kind/12017590/

And if you want to invite your friends along, there’s a facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1405581996341622/

It’d be ace to see a whole swag of people there. Or failing that, a few people who are really into it. But come along. It’ll be fun.

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Written by hahildebrand

November 9, 2013 at 12:06 pm

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