All dressed up and no one to talk to

So last night’s reading of Stations was a wash out, the heating at MVMNT wasn’t working and we were rather relieved no one showed up. Peter was all dressed up for his Victoriana, so we took his picture then went for a drink somewhere warmer.peter cooper

MVMNT by Train…

Another reading from Stations, at MVMNT cafe, right next to Greenwich DLR, if you listen hard enough we’ll have sound effects!

For those who have joined us at MVMNT before, there is now more protection from the elements and some heating, so don’t be put off by the season.

Wednesday March 20th 7pm

Line up:

Jacqueline Downs (Crystal Palace) She Didn’t Believe in Ghosts;

Bartle Sawbridge (Shadwell) Rich & Strange;

Peter Cooper (Highbury & Islington) Inspector Bucket Takes the Train,

Caroline Hardman (Hoxton) Bloody Marys and a Bowl of Pho.

And from Lovers’ Lies, (to show there’s more to us than train spotting) Darren Lee By the Horns.

MVMNT Cafe Readings 13th September 2012

Our local mini launch.

Katy Darby, (also celebrating the publication of The Unpierced Heart in paperback) Liam Hogan, Rosalind Stopps and Alan McCormick read their own work this time, and we almost finished before it started raining! Video below.

Our next event is in Clapham on 20th

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.

MVMNT Cafe Wednesday Readings

The MVMNT cafe which has ‘popped up’ for the Olympics and Paralympics next to  Greenwich DLR, is hosting readings on a Wednesday evening, the first one featured Arachne Press Writer Rosalind Stopps.  There has been a short delay to complete building works, but the next event is on 29th August 7-9, and features another Arachne Writer, Cherry Potts, who will be reading Leaving, her story for London Lies.

Other authors reading on 29th August are Jim Minton, and Lane Ashfeldt and possibly others.

The venue is unlicenced but you can bring your own, (£3 corkage) and it is open air – so you might want a brolly – or a parasol possibly!