August is almost upon us, and with it comes a brand new Speakeasy. One of our absolute favourites is returning, along with three unbelievably brilliant debut authors, and we. Cannot. Wait.
As always, there’ll be cocktails, there’ll be cake and there will be the infamous Short Story Challenge, where our authors will write in teams on a theme decided by YOU. And, most importantly, there’ll be readings from these smashers:
KERRY HUDSON is the author of TONY HOGAN BOUGHT ME AN ICE-CREAM FLOAT BEFORE HE STOLE MY MA and THIRST, and the founder of the amazing WoMentoring scheme. She’s been nominated for all manner of awards, won the Scottish First Book Award for TONY HOGAN, and has also written for Grazia, Guardian Review and YOU Magazine.
SARAH PERRY’s debut novel, AFTER ME COMES THE FLOOD, was published in June, and was rather excellently described as ‘a country-house suspense as if reimagined by Chekhov, with a nod to Kafka’ by the Telegraph. She has a PhD in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway, and has lived in Cambridge, Manila, London & Norwich.
EMMI ITARANTA is the author of MEMORY OF WATER, a novel she wrote simultaneously in both Finnish and English. It won the Fantasy and Sci-fi Literary Contest organised by the Finnish publishing house Teos. It was published to enthusiastic reviews in Finland in 2012, and the translation rights have since been sold in fourteen territories.
HANNAH VINCENT began her writing life as a playwright. Her plays include The Burrow, Throwing Stones (Royal Court Theatre) and Hang (National Theatre Studio). She worked as a BBC television script editor from 1996 – 2001 and now teaches Creative Writing for the Open University. Her debut novel, ALARM GIRL, is published this month.
They’ll be there, and we’d love to see you too: 12th August, Drink Shop Do, free from 7pm (the first reading’s at 8). If you like the best seats (and who doesn’t), you can reserve a table by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.