To mark our 7th anniversary we are putting on a marathon 11 hours of FREE readings, discussions and book signings at the Poetry Cafe. For 7 hours from 12 noon to 7pm, we will have the sofa sessions – small intimate readings in the basement of the Poetry Cafe, where the authors will sit in sofas reading to a small circle of listeners — then from 7pm we will have a series of full-fledged traditional, energetic flipped eye style readings with loud whoops and a full house. Please join us! The general outline is as below:
12.00-12.40: NEW FICTION
Aoife Mannix reads from her forthcoming novel, Heritage of Secrets, and fiction editor, Nii Ayikwei Parkes, reads from Ainsley Burrows’ forthcoming novel, Land of our Birth.
Roger Robinson, Nick Makoha and Inua Ellams read from their forthcoming work and talk about the differences in the processes of drafting, compiling, editing as compared to their phenomenally successful first collections.
14.00-14.40: WRITING OBSESSIONS
Roger Robinson, Inua Ellams, Aoife Mannix and Malika Booker talk about what their current writing obsessions are embracing a gamut of objects, other books, poetic forms, prose arcs, new approaches to metaphor, and weird sleeping habits – all sorts of things that somehow relate to their writing.
15.00-15.40: QUESTION THE EDITORS
Niall O’Sullivan and Nii Ayikwei Parkes will talk about the experience of editing and in-house editing experiences, mainly by taking questions from the audience.
16.00 – BOOK SIGNING: Authors in attendance will include Roger Robinson, Inua Ellams, Malika Booker and Niall O’Sullivan
17.30-18.25: FORTHCOMING POETRY
Jacob Sam-La Rose, Charlotte Ansell and Nick Makoha read exclusively from their forthcoming poetry books
19.00-19.50: NEW POETRY
Niall O’Sullivan, Malika Booker and Denise Saul read from their recently released collections – Ventriloquism for Monkeys, Breadfruit and White Narcissi respectively
20.00 – BOOK SIGNING: Authors in attendance will include Jacob Sam-La Rose, Charlotte Ansell, Nick Makoha, Denise Saul and Niki Aguirre
Our writers include characters with millions of airmiles and freedom passes in their pockets as well as fledglings with pocket change and airy dreams of flying: This session puts Agnes Meadows side-by-side with Inua Ellams to showcase the poetry of generations that span post-WW2 to post-II (Iraq Invasion) 2.
21.20-22.50: FICTION UNLEASHED
Aoife Mannix, Niki Aguirre, Roger Robinson and W. E. Essilfie – two published and two with forthcoming publications – read from their work. Roger’s Adventures in 3D is widely hailed as a classic, Niki’s 29 Ways to Drown has just been longlisted for the Frank O’Connor Short Story Prize – come and hear the classics and see what’s new and upcoming…
WHILE THE EVENT IS FREE, WE ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO DONATE TOWARDS THE DISASTER RELIEF EFFORTS IN BURMA THROUGH DEC OR CHINA THROUGH THE RED CROSS