Come along to The Special Relationship with Tom Basden
Guests: Stuart Evers and Jack Underwood
After a successful festival season that took the Special Relationship to such exotic locales as Rio, Hong Kong and Suffolk, we return to London to bring you another night of fiction, poetry, films and comedy hosted by Tom Basden.
This heartthrobs of literature edition brings guests Stuart Evers, author of ‘If This is Home’ and ‘Ten Stories about Smoking’ and Special Relationship favourite, the poet Jack Underwood and Green Press contributors, Samuel Taradash and Jarred McGinnis.
Words will be spoken; hearts will be broken.
Three writers from the Green Press will be appearing at the Poetry Cafe in the next few weeks.
On August 20, the Literature Lounge presents Pictures To Lean Into, an evening of poetry, music and head-to-head fiction featuring Jarred McGinnis and Samuel Taradash. £4 at the door, and the event kicks off at 8:00 PM.
Then on September 22, Lee Webber will be amongst the talents reading at Poetry Unplugged. Doors open at 7:00.
Both events will be at the Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, London WC2H 9BX (map)
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Sunday saw a group of talent from What We Were Thinking Just Before The End assembled to read at the Respect Festival in Brent. For almost 2 hours the “Shhh! Tent” was the host to fiction, poetry, and just a little bit of banter. Photos and such follow below…
At the recent Spread the Word Novel Pitch Competition, anthology author Jarred McGinnis was voted the “People’s Choice” for his recently completed novel, Pissing on Dolphins, an unusual coming of age story about a fatherless son growing up in Florida, USA think Catcher in the Rye meets Geek Love.
Over 180 aspiring novelists, from all over the United Kingdom, submitted a short synopsis and a 2000-word extract. McGinnis and five others were short listed as finalists for the 25th of April event.
At the finale, a panel, including Juliette Mitchell from Penguin Books, Ellah Allfrey from Random House, Peter Straus from the Rogers, Coleridge and White Agency, Nii Ayikwei Parkes from Flipped Eye Publishing and Caroline McCarthy from the Literary Consultancy, critiqued each finalist’s excerpt and novel pitch. Professional Actors did a reading of the excerpts while the novelists read their pitch.
McGinnis came a close second to the panel prize and bagged the Audiences Choice Award. The panellist Juliette Mitchell praised his performance on the Penguin UK website: Well done to Jarred McGinnis, the audience’s thoroughly deserving champion.”
The award includes a fountain pen, a leather-bound writing journal and a professional reading of his novel by the Literary Consultancy.
Read more about his novel here.