Katy Darby reads her short story, The Tyburn Jig, from our anthology Five by Five, read at Writing the Past, our event for Hither Green Festival 2019 at Manor House Library. This was our 18th/19th century contribution.
We are once again taking part in the lovely Hither Green Festival (they ask us, this is so rare, and so good for the ego!)
Saturday May 18th 7pm
at one of our favourite venues,
Manor House Library, on Old Road SE13 5SY
Readings of stories and poems based in the past – from the 17th to the 20th Century – life stories and imagined lives, followed by a fairly short discussion about writing from history – what inspired the piece, what research was needed, how was the story shaped by the facts and which got in the way – that sort of thing.
Kate Foley will read from her two poetry collections of personal history, spanning adoption and WWI to coming out as a lesbian in the second half of the 20th Century, The Don’t Touch Garden and A Gift of Rivers
Joan Taylor-Rowan will read her short story The Bet about an incident during the Troubles in Northern Ireland.
Cherry Potts will read from her novel in progress, The Bog Mermaid, set in 1926 and 1976.
Launching An Outbreak of Peace to a full house at Housmans.
Thanks to everyone who came along and in particular to Housmans for hosting and to CB, Clare, Karen, Katy, Peter, Sarah and Chantal (all pictured) and Valerie (not pictured) for reading so magnificently – sold out Housman’s stock of the book!
Katy Darby co-runs the award winning Live Literature event, Liars’ League (www.liarsleague.com) and teaches writing at City University, London. Her first novel, The Whores’ Asylum, was published by Penguin in February 2012. Her personal website is www.katydarby.com.Katy is the co-editor of London Lies, Lovers’ Lies, Weird Lies adn We/She
Katy Darby copyright Jon Cartwright
She has provided us with several stories: Keep Calm and Carry On for London Lies, The Horror, the Horror for Stations, Character Study and The Fool’s Tale for Liberty Tales, Hunt and Pray and In the Blind for Shortest Day, Longest Night and Comeback Special for We/She. Katy regularly reads for us in her acting capacity, and runs workshops for other writers on performing their work.
The official publication date for this anthology of new short stories and poems in response to the end of WWI, An Outbreak of Peace is the 8th November, but we are having the launch party on
7pm Wednesday 14th, at Housmans radical bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, N1 9DX,
There will also be a poppy-seed cake, and other, liquid, refreshments.
£3 on the door, redeemable against purchase of the book.
Here they are in all their glory – videos of the readings from Thursday’s launch of We/She
Smoking Ban by Jennifer Rickard read by Carrie Cohen
A Crowing Hen by Arike Oke
Comeback Special by Katy Darby (this one is pieced together – the camera battery died…but our belts have braces so all’s well)
The Real McCoy by Cherry Potts read by Carrie Cohen
Destiny’s Children by Rosalind Stopps
Some Carpets to Remain by Carolyn Eden
Ugly Duchess by Fiona Salter
Cages by Joan L M Williams
The Dead Wives’ Club by Ilora Choudhury
One Beautiful Day by Elizabeth Stott
Here, for your delectation, all in one place, are the videos from the launch of Five by Five.
(Also – if you are quick, we found 4 more damaged copies – nothing that makes the books unreadable, just not saleable. claim your FREE copy here – if you felt like doing us a review as a thank you we won’t say no!)
If watching these videos makes you sad you missed the event, you could always come to our next one, the launch of We/She!
Katy Darby reads from The Nuisance
Joan Taylor-Rowan reads from The Bet
Helen Morris reads Troll (video didn’t kick in immediately, with so pieced together from sound file and photos for first few secs.)
Cassandra Passarelli reads The Pineapple Seller