To spend two years reading short stories and poems so I could bring them to a group, read them aloud and discuss them. All credit goes to the Royal Literary Fund for launching this scheme. It was piloted in Brighton by Jonathan Buckley and next year will continue its roll-out throughout the country. I’ve visited … More It’s been a joy
Jane Rogers, novelist, short story writer and writer for radio and TV, visited on June 7 as the heavens opened and Brighton rumbled under the thunder! She read the title story from her short story collection, Hitting Trees with Sticks, and answered questions about writing and the stories we’ve looked at in advance of her … More Jane Rogers visits
Three new people have joined the group which gave the last meeting a good boost and since it’s carrying on next year, it would have been a shame to dwindle too far. I visited a Royal Literary Fund group in Huddersfield recently to read my poems and it was great to have a sense of … More Welcome to three new members
It didn’t take long to have a show of hands and decide to keep going after a summer break, hopefully still at the Friends Meeting House on Tuesday afternoons and on the basis that group members take turns to choose short stories and poems. I’m definitely going to carry on coming along as I enjoy … More Back in autumn 2016!
The Royal Literary Fund is an amazing institution and has supported the Reading Round in Brighton for two years. This summer I won’t be paid to run it any longer – I am lucky to have been able to do it for this long. Groups in the pilot scheme kept going along the same lines, … More Can the group run itself?
Well, it started with a brilliant Chinua Achebe story – The Madman – first printed in 2003 in an American journal and probably the most famous poem by the American writer Carolyn Forche. Achebe is probably Nigeria’s most revered novelists, known for the great work, Things Fall Apart. All details of the texts are on … More 2016 starts with madness and violence
Mince pies, fudge and hummus for our last session. As for reading material, it was a hard choice, but since David Sedaris reads his own work so well and it’s available online I thought I could leave you to listen to him at home. Here he is reliving his job as a Christmas elf and again, during … More Santaland by David Sedaris