Episode 25: 19/08/15

Phew. After a double-take June and a July off, it’s time to get back to our regularly scheduled Speakeasy programming. Hooray!

On August 19th, we’ll be back at wonderful Drink, Shop & Do.

As usual, there’ll be delicious cocktails, a little waffling, and the infamous Short Story Challenge — two pieces of off-the-cuff literary wonder created on a theme chosen by you. You can’t choose ‘Pugs and sperm’ though, because someone picked that last time. Seriously.

And, most importantly, there’ll be readings from these super-talented authors:

IRENOSEN OKOJIE was born in Nigeria and moved to England aged eight. Her short stories have been published in the US, Africa and the UK. Her first novel, BUTTERFLY FISH, is published by Jacaranda Books, and the Evening Standard called it ‘richly spun… peppered with moments of magical realism’.

JON TECKMAN wrote his debut novel by drawing on his own experiences in the film industry. ORDINARY JOE — a ‘brilliant, fast-paced comedy about life behind the scenes in the film business, and how to survive when your greatest fantasy comes true and threatens to wreck your perfectly ordinary life’ — was published by The Borough Press in July, and was Lovereading’s debut of the month.

SARA MARSHALL-BALL worked as a proofreader of gravestones to support herself through her MA in Creative and Critical Writing at the University of Sussex, during which she wrote much of her debut novel HUSH (out now from Myriad). Lesley Thompson had this to say about it: ‘Poignant and suspenseful… this intriguing story of how a childhood trauma affects two adult sisters entirely absorbed me.’

They’ll be there, and it’d be marvellous if you were too — Drink Shop Do, Wednesday 19th August, free entry from 7. The first reading will be at 8 so don’t be later than that! Reserve yourself one of the good tables: mail@drinkshopdo.com

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