On Thursday 12 July I’ll be reading in London in a multi author line-up put together by 4’33”, the audio magazine, as a benefit for Oxfam, in Balham. Other writers expected to read that night include Nicholas Hogg, Rebecca Bland, Mark Piggott and Katy Darby. The readings start at 7. Visit 4’33” for audio samplers by the writers who will be there. This is all happening at Balham Bowls Club (aka “the BBC”), which is not in fact a bowls club but a bar, near Balham tube station. Haven’t been there yet but it looks like the kind of place where you could easily linger on and grab a bar snack instead of dinner. So if you make it, hope to catch up with you after the reading. In fact there’s a mild danger some of us will still be there at midnight when they chuck us out in time for the last tube.
And the previous Sunday (8 July) I’m leading workshops on how to write A Day in the Life Story set during the war. Probably talking first or second world war, to make the most of the museum’s collection. I’ve blogged this here Wartime Stories: Pictures into Words. This is just down the road from my old day-job, in Lambeth at the Imperial War Museum. Afternoon sessions are booked out, but there are a few morning places left. Sessions run 2.5 hours — the idea is you’ll make a good start on writing your story on the day. So if you’re coming, bring a notebook – paper or the other kind, up to you!