At the demo for "a People’s Vote"

My day at the March for a People’s VoteCaroline 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.

Update: The video was lost in the move to WordPress. But you can view the pictures in this Google photo album: On the People’s Vote March – Sunday 23 June 2018.

Co-edited with Katy Darby

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.ukAmazon.com & other online booksellers. For report, videos and more, please visit New Short Stories.

At the London Literature Festival fringe

Last Night’s Dream Corrected

In the Storytelling Tent, Brent Respect 2007, Roundwood Park, NW10. Sunday, July 8th, after 5 p.m.

I will be there along with others including Vanessa Gebbie, Bilal Ghafoor, Richard Wright and Jonathan Attrill. Willesden Green Writers are also putting on their travelling show.

London’s book festival acquires a fringe

“First ever” London literature festival announced

London Literature Festival 2007

London Lit Plus

Playboy of the Western World

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:

  • Weds 5th April: Shepherds Bush Library, 7pm. 7 Uxbridge Road, W12 8LJ
  • Mon 10th April: Marylebone Library, 6pm. 109 Marylebone Road, NW1 5PS
  • Thurs 20th April: Kensington Library, 7pm. Philimore Walk, Kensington