Saturday, October 23, 2010

Saturday Readings.

It is the Chester Literature Festival at the moment and as part of this two groups that I used to belong to performed in the Wesley Methodist Church as part of a day of community activities.

The first was Words and Biscuits featuring Irene, Jan, Anthea, Jane, Dilys and Elizabeth. As usual this was an excellent selection of prose (humorous from Irene, prize-winning from Jan, a rather wonderful piece about a childish visitor from Anthea, Jane read out some of her evocative poems about the view from her window, Dilys told us some fascinating childhood reminiscences, while Elizabeth read out her highly entertaining poetry about thanking people.

After a story-telling session it was the turn of Chester Writers, which I introduced. I'd spent some time assembling the programme so it alternated prose and poetry, and I'm pleased to say the readings went very well indeed.

Tomorrow I have the Manchester Literature Festival - discussing the use of 'place' in fiction with authors Nicholas Royle and Jenn Ashworth, so I have to find a suitable reading from my book. This may take some time.


Anonymous marly youmans said...

You are being energetic and good for your book! Is that Jan-who-blogs? It all sounds interesting and not like those of us who live immured in the boondocks.

Mon Oct 25, 01:56:00 pm  
Blogger Clare Dudman said...

Yes! That is indeed Jan-who-blogs! Jan's short story won an international short story competition at Liverpool Everyman Theatre.

Yes, lots going on here. October seems to be the month for it - all sorts of Literature Festivals.

Mon Oct 25, 04:52:00 pm  

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