Solstice(s) and Shakespeare – reminders

WRITERS AND MUSICIANS: you have until 23:59 tomorrow to submit your story, poem or music on the theme of Shortest Night, for This year’s Solstice Shorts Festival to be held on 21st December 2016.

EVERYBODY especially Shakespeare enthusiasts: Tomorrow is our free Midsummer Night in the Garden event. It looks like the weather will be fine so book you place via the library on  0208 314 7794 bring a picnic blanket and some insect repellant! We will be selling books, strawberries and cake, and there will be alcohol available for a donation.

Because it’s a leap year the Solstice is actually today. looking at the torrential rain I’m glad we went with the day people think is Midsummer even though it isn’t. quite.

If you want to get in a Shakespeare and Solstice mood tonight, as the actual longest day, come along to The Food of Love – a celebration of Shakespeare and Music, from Hexachordia, at the Church of St Edmund the King, Lombard Street, EC3V 9EA at 6pm.

midsummer banner in situ

Lopsided cake – how can you resist?

Lop-sided Liars' Cake

Lop-sided Liars’ Cake

It may not be the prettiest cake, and it certainly the least symmetrical that I’ve made, but its got chocolate and brandy and almonds in it, and its celebrating Lovers’ Lies. You may be able to recognise the passing resemblance to Annie Rickard Straus’ fish from the cover…

lovers lies fishI was going to ice on Lovers’ Lies but decided that freehand icing writing was beyond me and might do serious damage to my already bumpy icing.

So long as you aren’t allergic to any of the ingredients, you might like to try a slice, it is an epic among cakes.

Cake available for one night only, at Daunt Books 51 South End Road, London NW3 2QB. Almost opposite Hampstead Heath Station. Oh – and some wine and nibbles – and good company from some of the many authors whose stories are featured in the book – I did mention the book, did I?