EPISODE 16: 09/09/14

September is coming, and with it, Episode 16 of Speakeasy. And it is a beauty. These are the things you need to know:

Tuesday 9th, Drink, Shop & Do.

Readings, cocktails, and the return of the Short Story Challenge, where our authors work together to craft brand-new, off-the-cuff fiction on a theme chosen by YOU.

And, most importantly, these four ridiculously wonderful authors:

HESTER BROWNE writes old-fashioned (AND NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING!!) romantic novels about falling in love, standing on your own two feet, and learning how to make the perfect gin and tonic (or Shirley Temple). They include THE LITTLE LADY AGENCY IN THE BIG APPLE, THE FINISHING TOUCHES, SWEPT OFF HER FEET, and now HONEYMOON HOTEL. She was born in England’s Lake District, read English at Trinity College, Cambridge, and worked as a fiction editor before leaving publishing to write full time.

AMY KEY is a poet and editor, whose debut collection, LUXE, was published by Salt last year. She grew up in Kent and South Tyneside before moving to London in 2001. She co-edits the online journal Poems in Which and is currently editing a new anthology of poems on friendship among women, BEST FRIENDS FOREVER, due to be published by The Emma Press later this year.

JANINA MATTHEWSON is a writer and trained actress from Christchurch, New Zealand, who now lives in London. OF THINGS GONE ASTRAY is her first full-length novel, and was published by The Friday Project this month. She says she makes the best chocolate cake in the world, a claim which we would be extremely happy to help verify.

MAIA WALCZAK’s debut novel THE COLOUR BLACK has just been published by Jacaranda Books. She is also a self-taught artist and author-illustrator of children’s picture books. She was born in London, spent her childhood summers in the forests of Poland, and has lived in the UK, Australia and Chile. She is also part of The Happy Gallery, an art collective who organise bi-annual pop up exhibitions, where 50% of the profits go to charity.

Free, from 7pm. The first reading’s at 8, so don’t be late. You can book a table (and snap up the very best ones first) by emailing mail@drinkshopdo.com.

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