We’re extra excited about this one.
Yes, Spring has sprung and May’s Speakeasy is packed with some very special authors. Plus, you know, the usual – cakes, cocktails (from DSD’s brand-spanking-new cocktail menu) and a couple of off-the-cuff stories written on the spot on a theme chosen by you.
And, most importantly, readings by these guys:
CLAIRE FULLER is a novelist and short fiction writer. She began writing fiction at the age of 40, after many years working as a co-director of a marketing agency. Her first novel, OUR ENDLESS NUMBERED DAYS, is published in the UK by Fig Tree / Penguin, by House of Anansi in Canada, Tin House in the US, and a whole bunch of other countries. She lives in Winchester with her husband and two children.
COLIN MACINTYRE is an award-winning songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer who has released six albums to date, most notably under the name Mull Historical Society, achieving two Top 20 albums and four Top 40 singles. He is the co-author of a Radio 4 Afternoon Play, and has collaborated with Tony Benn and Irvine Welsh. And as if all that wasn’t impressive enough, his debut novel, THE LETTERS OF IVOR PUNCH, is published this month.
JO BLOOM was inspired to write her debut novel, RIDLEY ROAD, when she met a Jewish anti-fascist who’d lived in the East End all his life and participated in numerous street battles with the fascists alongside both the 43 Group and the 62 Group. Realising it was a tale which hadn’t been told before in literature, she set to work – and RIDLEY ROAD was published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson in 2014. She lives in Brighton with her husband and son.
ROBERT OLEN BUTLER is the author of 12 novels and six short story collections, including A GOOD SCENT FROM A STRANGE MOUNTAIN, which won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (!!!! SO AMAZING!). He has been a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in Fiction and a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. He served in the Vietnam War as a counter-intelligence special agent and a translator, and the Guardian said of his Pulitzer win that he had ‘changed the composition [of Vietnam-related fiction] forever’.
They’ll be there and we’d love it if you were too – Drink Shop Do, Tuesday 12th May, free from 7pm (the first reading’s at 8; don’t be late!)