Announcing… 1,001 Nights

Earlier this month, Speakeasy had its first birthday. It’s been an extremely delightful year, during which we’ve heard 44 splendid authors read, consumed innumerable cocktails, and watched 20 stories be created, on the spot, at the whim of the audience.

And we really like that last bit best. We like writers, and we like to see them writing, and we want you to see that too.

And so 1,001 Nights is born. Our brand-new, 100% online literary shindig, where everyone can join in. From your bed, on the bus, from places other than London. We’re all in this together, via the magic of Twitter.

1,001 Nights will see us take some amazing authors… to the pub. And while we have them there, we’re going to make them write. Live. Online. Using characters, places, and a first line decided by YOU.

And every so often, just to really make them dance, we’ll ask you what the next line should be. Throw in a new character, a plot twist, a sudden genre jump. Go on. They love it when you do that.

Our very first lovely little Scheherazade is the truly delightful Kim Curran. We’ll be holding her captive at an unknown location in four days’ time, this Thursday, April 24th. On that day, keep your peepers glued to this VERY important hashtag:


By the simple medium of this hashtag, you can give us all the ingredients we’ll need for Kim to spin us a yarn. And, if storymaking’s not your bag, tell us what drink we should buy her next. Or, of course, you can just sit back and watch the tale unfold.

See you there, Hivemind. 19.30 onwards, #1001curran. See. You. There.

KIM CURRAN is the author of the Shifter Series (SHIFT, CONTROL, and the eagerly awaited DELETE) and the forthcoming (and excellent) GLAZE. She was born in Dublin and moved to London when she was seven. She got her first typewriter when she was eight, had a poem she wrote about a snail published in a magazine when she was nine, and that was it – she was hooked on writing (let’s hope this experience doesn’t put her off). When she’s not busy penning the kind of books Kirkus call ‘a fast and funny mind-bending trip… a must for genre fans’, she works in advertising, specialising in writing for videogames.


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