Carlisle Patchwork Opera is a fluid group of writers (prose, poetry, script, song), musicians, photographers, film-makers, visual artists. For the past two years, as part of their activities they have put together a themed programme to celebrate the winter solstice and performed at Foxes Café Lounge, Carlisle. Ideally placed to run a Solstice Shorts programme.
Our contact there is Barbara Renel who read at our Childhood themed Story Session for Brockley Max festival last year, and got inveigled into helping Carrie Cohen with the singing for Helen Morris’ story. So, brave as well as talented!
Having had so much background noise the videos were useless from this session for Brockley Max back in June, I thought we wouldn’t be able to share, but it turns out that the sound recordings whilst still a bit buzzy, are bearable to listen to.
Planning a live event, especially if it’s free and you therefore have no budget, is a bit too exciting sometimes. Someone offers you a great story, then the author can’t make it after all, so you try to find an actor who will work for their fare and a book and a drink, at the same time as trying to decide whether it’s fair to promote the amazing story which you might not be able to read…
but everything falls into place eventually.
So we ARE reading Courttia Newland’s Sound Boys from the Saboteur2016 Best Anthology Award Winning Being Dad anthology on Wednesday 1st June at the Childhood The Story Sessions for Brockley Max, at the Brockley Deli.
Big thank you to Chukwudi Onwere for stepping in and to Carrie Cohen for making the introduction.
Also reading: Carrie Cohen – Helen Morris‘ Simon le Bon Will Save Us – with special singalong audience opportunities for those of you who remember the 80’s (If you want to practice, get your larynx around Duran Duran’s Rio in particular, and maybe Human League Don’t You Want Me, Baby?)
And reading their own work, Barbara RenelBlow Hole, Liam Hogan (also fresh from an award – The Roswell Award – for SciFi Short Story) Bullet-proof Papoose and Kate FoleyThe Don’t Touch Garden
and of course …. YOU… you can join in with 100 words on the theme of Childhood – fiction or poetry, bring it with you or write it in the interval, we’ll bring paper and pens.
Get there early and get some fab food and drink, and to be sure of a seat – we are kicking off at 7.30.