Writers to watch

Posted: March 11, 2013 in Uncategorized

Last week I read from ‘City of Devils’ at the launch of the Writers to Watch Anthology, a collection of work from those who took part in 20×12 at last year’s Portsmouth Book Fest. Essentially 20 local authors performed their work for 12 minutes at Central and Southsea libraries. It was decided to put it all together in form of an anthology (available at Waterstones and Blackwells in Portsmouth) and the launch was on Thursday 7th March – appropriately enough World Book Day.


This was a very enjoyable experience, not just because it gave me a chance to perform (spot the frustrated actress on the right!) but also because I had the opportunity to listen to my fellow Portsmouth writers do likewise. They are an extremely talented bunch covering all sorts of genres – from Victorian crime to teen and children’s fiction, history, monologues and fabulous poetry. Will Sutton, Matt Wingett, Charlotte Comley, Zella Compton, James Schillemore, Richard Williams, Maggie Sawkins, Amber Dodd and Gareth Toms (and me of course) all did readings at Old Portsmouth’s Square Tower – probably one of the most atmospheric venues in the city and beyond.
We all met at a Re-Authoring workshop which taught us how to lower our inhibitions and take the usual author’s reading just that little bit further. It seems to have paid off! Our audience were very appreciative – so thanks to them for coming out on a wet and windy night.
On Saturday some of us did a repeat performance at a Charity Book Swap at South Harting primary school in aid of the Ben Williams Trust – a great cause – take a look at their website for details http://benwilliamstrust.org.uk/
It was a fantastic day – books everywhere, coffee, cake and some wonderful stories in a competition for young writers as well as our readings – what more could you ask?
Anyway thanks to all involved in organising both of these occasions – hopefully the first of many.


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