My day at the March for a People’s Vote. Caroline Lucas gave the best speech of the day. But Tony Robinson got the biggest cheer for the hilarious end section of his speech. “Now we all know, I’m only up here today to say five words. I HAVE A CUNNING PLAN!” He brought the house down, and went on to explain his cunning plan was the People’s Vote. That was a good laugh. Others were good too, of course, especially David Lammy and Vince Cable and the redoubtable Anna Soubry MP who closed the show with eclat and with an emotional call for love and fellowship.
Here’s a noisy video that “Google Photos” made all on its own from some of the contents of my phone-cam. It’s easier to post this than choosing and uploading individual items. There’s a picture of me near the end, looking like someone whose feet were killing them. Then there’s a picture of some nice people who allowed me to take a picture of them with their charming dog.
See you at The Performance Space, Willesden Library Centre, 7:30 pm December 8th for the launch. Katy Darby will announce who will walk away with the priceless mug for 2016. Authors are flying in from far and wide. Actors will read a few short excerpts. Fun will be had.
Update: First prize went to Love and Hair by Olga Zilberbourg, a Russian writer based in San Francisco. Willesden Herald: New Short Stories 9 is now available from Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com & other online booksellers. For report, videos and more, please visit New Short Stories.
I was one of the readers at the first Costa Short Story Café event. The highlight was Helen Simpson reading a very funny story called “I’m going to have to let you go”. There was a good turnout, standing room only. A pleasant hour. (Link: Fiction Espresso)
This is part of the Metrowords festival. I built that website myself, by the way. Metrowords, “the biggest festival” had no website, would you believe. I have a coup de theatre in mind for the night but I don’t think I’ll have the nerve required to execute it. It would be funny though.
The Westwords Festival has been underway since the beginning of March. I have been participating in a tour of seven venues to promote and celebrate The Monkey’s Typewriter winning of Raymond Williams award. (I had a short story in the book.) We’ve already been to Harrow, Ealing, Willesden (not far) and Heston. The remaining readings are: