Episode 27: 21/10/15

It’s that time again. Our favourite time of all the times.

Yes, October’s Speakeasy is another super-special YA extravaganza. There’ll be the usual cocktails and silliness; the all-important Story Challenge (flash fiction crafted on the spot on a theme chosen by you); a ridiculous playlist of Twenties jazz and Nineties hip-hop.

But most importantly of all, there’ll be readings from these guys:

JAMES DAWSON is the multi award-winning author of dark teen thrillers HOLLOW PIKE, CRUEL SUMMER, SAY HER NAME and UNDER MY SKIN. He has also written the excellent non-fiction titles BEING A BOY, THIS BOOK IS GAY and MIND YOUR HEAD. James is a regular contributor to Attitude Magazine, GT and The Guardian and has contributed to news items on BBC Women’s Hour, Front Row, This Morning and Newsnight concerning sexuality, identity, literature and education. As if all that wasn’t enough, his first contemporary romance, ALL OF THE ABOVE, was published last month.

NICOLE BURSTEIN wanted to be a writer for as long as she can remember, but in an attempt to follow her family’s advice has sought many different professions since graduating — including Toy Demonstrator at Hamleys, Visitor Guide at the London Eye, Audience Researcher on the X Factor, Phone Producer at Classic FM and Travel Broadcaster on various London radio stations. None of these jobs quite fit, so in 2009 Nicole quit her latest job in PR and went to do her Masters Degree in Creative Writing at Birkbeck College whilst working part-time as a children’s bookseller. OTHERGIRL is her debut novel.

SARAH PINBOROUGH is a critically acclaimed horror, thriller and YA author. She’s written short stories, novels, scripts and basically ALL of the things. She was the 2009 winner of the British Fantasy Award for Best Short Story, and has three times been short-listed for Best Novel. Her published work, almost all of which is optioned for TV or film adaptation, includes the stunning novella The Language of Dying, THE DOG FACED GODS series, THE HIDDEN KINGDOM series, THE NOWHERE CHRONICLES (as Sarah Silverwood) and two standalone novels: THE DEATH HOUSE and THIRTEEN MINUTES.

NATASHA FARRANT is the author of the Carnegie-longlisted and Branford Boase-shortlisted YA historical novel The Things We Did For Love, as well as two successful adult novels. Natasha was shortlisted for the Queen of Teen Award 2014, and the second of her Bluebell Gadbsy books, Flora in Love, was longlisted for the Guardian Children’s Prize. She was born and lives in London, and works as a literary scout, specialising in children’s and young adult fiction, for publishers all over the world.

Join us, and that wonderful lot, at Drink Shop Do on Wednesday 21st. Doors open at 7, so come early and get a good spot before the first reading at 8. Or, hey, you can be super ahead of the game and book a table: mail@drinkshopdo.com.

Oh and if you’re a blogger and you fancy a seat at our bloggers’ table (there are sweets! and other lovely bloggers!) then drop us a line: thatnightwheretheydowriting@gmail.com.

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