Sunday, 18 October 2009

WordPlay Event

I will be reading a short story at the next WordPlay event in London. You are all invited (pointing at my two blog readers). I am still in two minds about what to read. I was thinking, its funny that we accept bands who murder cover songs but you never see writers doing cover readings of Jane Austen, Charles Dickens or Douglas Coupland. I think an event like that would be quite funny. I might go for an original piece though.

Here are the details from Facebook:

Featured Writers:

Tim Key - a poet so funny that he won the Edinburgh Comedy Award 2009 for his show The Slutcracker, which "attracted a strong cult following for its whimsically surreal mix of poetry, music and mock-philosopical observations on life" according to The Guardian. Made Hazel actually pee herself with laughter at 'Homework' spoken word night, Bethnal Green Working Men's Club, live on Newsnight...

Bernadine Evaristo - Bernardine Evaristo's first fully-prose novel BLONDE ROOTS was published by Penguin UK in August 2008. (USA 2009)It's a slavery story with a difference: Africans enslave Europeans over a four hundred year period. The protagonist is a white woman from Europa who lives out her adult life as a slave in the New World. Her verse novel LARA will be published by Bloodaxe Books, October 2009.

Guest Stars:

Nancy Clarik - wordPLAY deputy host spits her lyrical witticisms on popular culture and beyond

Agnes Lehoczky - bilingual poet Agnes reads her beautiful verse, including work from her collection 'Budapest to Babel'

Ola Rhodes - unpredictable stories with bite and sass are this gal's speciality

Jessica Patient - this prose writer has had short stories published in 3:AM, The Beat, Pgymy Giant and Sleepy Orange. She won the Worldskills Gold Award in Creative Writing in 2008.

With music from the beautiful voice and guitar of Hannah Tuson, back by popular demand...

plus the random erratic musings and mutterings of your host Rebecca Fenton

plus - Raffle-Lit...when we find some goddamn prizes...never fear...

Entry: £4.50 / £3.50 concessions - The Good Ship, Kilburn, London

Doors: 7pm for 8pm start


katiemccullough said...

I love Tim Key, he tickles me so.

But Jess, I can't come! I was so up for coming along to whoop and holler and meet you face to face but I'm going to be up in Shropshire staying in a dark, cold manor house (it has to be done).

But all the best and I'm sure you'll go down a treat, a Jessica style treat.


Teresa Stenson said...

Very cool to be on the bill with Tim Key. He's a funny 'un.

It's also very cool that you're doing this - sounded from when you first mentionned it on your blog that it'd be something out of your comfort zone. I've never done it, I had the opportunity once but didn't take it. Good luck, I'm looking forward to hearing about it (I'm too 'up north' to be there. Unless it happens to be on Nov 20th...)

Jessica said...

Hey guys,

Thanks for the support. I will imagine you both there, propping up the bar with some sort of cocktail or shandy.

I'm quite nervous, still need to either read an already written story or write something new!