Stations Reading at Canvas and Cream

Stations Cover. Image copyright Gail Brodholt

Our first readings are getting booked for Stations.  As a response to the 23 stations that inspired the book, we are trying to organise a reading as close to each station as we can get. Will this ambition be achieved? If you run a venue close to one of the featured stations or know someone who does, please get in touch!

So: the Forest Hill reading is at
Canvas & Cream,
18 London Road, Forest Hill, SE23 3HF
on Wednesday 28th November 2012, 7-9pm which is technically before the book is published, but they are busy folk and its when they could fit us in.

Featured writers:

Peter Morgan (Forest Hill)
Jacqueline Downs (Crystal Palace)
Paula Read (Honor Oak)
Joan Taylor-Rowan (Anerley)
Andrew Blackman (Sydeham) Read by Cherry Potts

Join us for stories of a strange don-like creature haunting a station, a local museum that houses more than exhibits, homelessness and home baking, a lesson on the birds and bees, and a missed chance at love.

London Lies at Waterstones Oxford Street

London Lies Authors will be reading, chatting and signing books at
Waterstones 421 Oxford Street London W1C 2PQ (Immediately opposite Selfridges, nearest tube Bond Street)
7pm Thursday 22 November 2012
(There are 2 Waterstones on Oxford Street, so make sure you turn up to the right one!)There is a £4 admission charge but this includes a glass of wine and is discounted against your book should you buy a copy of London Lies. 
Waterstones: 0207 495 8507
Line up:
Katy Darby reading from Simon Hodgson’s story Thieves We Were
Danielle Fenemore  reading from Emily Pedder’s  story Are We nearly There Yet? (Set in Selfridges)
Nichol Wilmor reading from his story Made for Each Other
and Joan Taylor-Rowan reading from her story Renewal

Kilburn Library London Lies Readings

Another Thursday, another reading – as part of the Word Up festival at Brent Libraries. Another batch of cakes, another accent from Katy Darby – channelling Thora Hird this time.

Kilburn Library‘s refit is so new it still smells of fresh paint and wood. Unlike many libraries I’ve been into recently, there are still plenty of books (hurrah!) and some rather nice turquoise sofas which we tested out while doing some interviews (more of which on a later date).

North London writers at the event, Clare Sandling and Laura Williams are very local to Queens Park, and Katy Darby used to live in the area before emigrating south of the river. Emily Cleaver came all the way from Oxford.

In the audience: fellow London Lies author Liam Hogan, and Stations authors, Louise Swingler and Wendy Gill

Snippets of the readings below – we struggled with a fair amount of background noise and a gradually collapsing tripod leg, but we managed to overcome it.

London Lies goes to Word Up

This Thursday 27th September, join Laura Williams, Clare Sandling, Emily Cleaver and Katy Darby at Kilburn Library 6.30-7.30 for a Word Up event (we’re on the third page). Reading from London Lies, we will discover the perils of homelessness, an obsession with winning, escaped bulls (or possibly demanding frogs) and post-apocalyptic cat-care. At the moment this is our only North London gig, so come along North Londoners! Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

More Video from Launch of London Lies

More video snippets from Wednesday’s jolliest outing of the week, the London Lies launch at London Review Bookshop.

Want more? Want to hear stories read live? Come along to our next events.

London Lies Launch photos and video

A very successful launch for London Lies at the London Review Bookshop.  Stock of books sold out! No doubt they will be ordering more for their regular customers who couldn’t make it.

We’ll be posting more pictures and video soon.

Other events to celebrate the publication of London Lies in September: Wednesday 12th, Thursday 20th and Thursday 27th.

Outdoor Readings

Anxious following of the weather forecast – Will it rain? Yes. Ok: but will it STOP raining? …ye-es… good. Will it stop raining in time?

Two missed messages on the phone from Rosalind: It’s raining, will it still happen? YES!

Phew, the met office accurate to the minute almost, and we’re off to a rather soggy MVMNT cafe, which until about an hour before we arrived was failing as an Ark. I wonder if awnings would help?

But it didn’t matter; the sun came out and we sat on our rain coats, and drank warming cups of tea, and listened to some excellent stories from Jarred McGinnis, Jim Minton, Lane Ashfeldt, and Me!

Jarred has a junkie desperate for photos of the child she’s about to give up –  I recognised the story, and asked: had it been performed at Liars’ League?
No, says he, nonchalantly, on Radio 4.

And to think how rarely we get to listen to a story on Radio 4 these days!

Jim’s story goes more for the laughs, with straying security dogs and workplace bullying revenged.

Lane’s story is a clash of cultures too close for comfort in shared space above a pub, igniting trouble.

My story you can read in London Lies, (available from all good bookshops very soon!!)  – it’s about getting the hell out of a job you hate, for all the right reasons.  Here’s a snippet before the problem with background noise overwhelmed the camera.

London Lies writers will be back at MVMNT on 12th September.

Update on London Lies Launch

Thanks to some good work on the part of David Mildon, we now have Olivier Award Winning Bertie Carvel reading David’s story for London Lies, Red, at our launch at London Review Bookshop on 5th September.

Another MVMNT Cafe Reading


The enthusiastic folk at MVMNT have offered to host a London Lies spectacular Wednesday 12th September. 7pm
Waller Way, SE10 8JA right by Greenwich DLR (NOT Cutty Sark).

Writers reading onthe night:
Katy Darby
Alan McCormick
Rosalind Stopps
Liam Hogan

Copies of the book will be available to purchase.

MVMNT is unlicenced but you can bring your own for a corkage of £3… We suggest something fizzy would be appropriate!

Access by car from Lewisham direction is a bit tricky during the Paralympics as Greenwich High Street is temporarily One Way from a bit before the corner of Norman Road (not shown on the TfL info),and there are lots of parking restrictions, so consider public transport.


London Lies Readings at Kilburn Library

Kilburn Library

The kind people at Kilburn Library (42 Salusbury Road Kilburn London NW6 6NN)  are hosting a reading of London Lies on

27th September 6:30 -7:45, at which our more northerly writers will read from their stories.

The library is reopening that week after a refurbishment, and we are helping to celebrate its shiny newness.

confirmed line up of authors is:

Katy Darby

Emily Cleaver

Laura Williams

Clare Sandling