History-HERstory Video Clip Booked Lit events at Shoreditch bookclub

Sunday night was epic in many, many ways. You all know about our obsession with the Overground at Arachne, well, what happens when it isn’t working is hell on wheels. Shoreditch instead of being a 20 minute book read away, is an hour and a bit two buses and a half hour standing about and bus drivers not stopping at the bus stop even though you ring the bell… and that was just getting there…

Not withstanding the bad temper we arrived in, we thoroughly enjoyed the eclectic event, High spots Bobbie Darbyshire reading her Something Missing from Lovers’ Lies, Megan Beech’s high-speed slam poetry, Camila Fiori’s rather distressing poems about her mother, Julie Mayhew’s witty reading from her novel Red Ink ( I bought a copy and have been reading it – on the Overground, of course) Charlie Dupre’s bonkers imagining of Kit Marlow and William Shakespeare (ShakeyP) as duelling playground MCs, and Eliza Shaddad’s rendition of In the Month of January, a favourite song of mine, which is the most atypical folk song, in that although it has the traditional girl gets pregnant boy goes off with someone else, parents chuck her out story-line,  there’s no chorus, no repeats, and the tune is this haunting uncertain little thing just like a cold wind.


Arachne Lovers’ Lies author Bobbie Darbyshire is reading at Booked History-HERstory in Shoreditch this Sunday 17th March at 6.30. We’ll be there to cheer, come along and join in!

Music & Words #2

Up-coming Lovers’ Lies events

I’ve been having fun graffiti-ing the cover of Lovers’ Lies for the poster for our reading at Wood Green on 28th February. It shows what a versatile design it is.

Lovers Lies Wood Green reading

Lovers Lies Wood Green reading original image copyright Annie Rickard Straus


Join us at 6 pm (come straight from work!) for a brief tour of the book – 5 stories in an hour – well, segments of stories perhaps.

Then of course we have our all singing all dancing outing to London School of Economics Branch Out Space for Thought Festival on Saturday 2nd March, which is actually showcasing all three books, where actors Gloria Sanders, Will Everett, Sophie Morris Sheppard, Greg Page, Jo Widdowson, Ray Newe,  and Lisa Rose will be reading from stories by Cherry Potts, Emily Cleaver, Bartle Sawbridge, Martin Pengelly, Rebecca Gould and Rob Walton; and are joined by Summer All Year Long (who are doing the singing – there isn’t really dancing).

And a bit of new news:

Bobbie Darbyshire will be reading from her story Something Missing at Booked event Words & Music #2 for  Women’s History Month.

BOOKED pster fro 17/3/2013

BOOKED poster for 17/3/2013