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Book Slam x Gimme Shelter, 14 September
02 September 2017
We’ve been away. We apologise. We’re back for the Autumn with an absolutely cracking event on Thursday 14 September in the company of our friends at Shelter, the UK’s housing and homelessness charity. Tickets are £15 and strictly limited, so enter the ballot on the Shelter website asap.Read more...
Three's A Crowd
09 October 2015
Apologies. It’s been a long time. We shouldn’t have left you; at least not without a strong rhyme to step to. But, we hope the wait will prove worthwhile … We have, you see, spent the summer beavering away on the third edition of the Book Slam Annual and it’s finally ready. The sharp-eyed among you may note that our first annual was published in 2011 and it’s now 2015. Do the proverbial math. In fact, do the actual math. Or, since we’re English, do the sums …Read more...
The Song Between Us
27 August 2015
I first heard my dad play I’m Always With You one night in Mallorca. It was 2003 and we were there for a month, just the two of us – he’d recently retired from his post as Head of Art in a Devon secondary school, and I was on a sabbatical I’d earned from three years working in a London advertising agency. We’d rented an old farmhouse in the hills near Pollensa, each planning to work on separate art projects. My dad’s guitar came too, and every evening while I worked, or loafed, he would sit strumming.Read more...
07 April 2015
These days my time is cleaved in two. Every morning I look after my son, and every afternoon I write. At lunchtime my husband and I swap shifts, baby for book, book for baby. Our boy is a little over one now, and we’ve been working it this way since he was three months old. It’s a tidy arrangement, on paper, but I’ve come to learn that in practice it’s anything but. My two charges rarely keep to their own portions of the day. Neither one is that obedient. I’m frequently powerless in the face of both. Perhaps a delightful, infuriating mishmash is what it’s all about. Or maybe writing a novel isn’t so different to raising a child anyway.Read more...
My Worst Gig
23 September 2014
Poet and soon-to-be Book Slam alumni Chimene Suleyman talks us through her worst ever gig experience in a feat of management expectation before her show on 8th October...Read more...
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