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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.


Tickets: £5 (in advance or on the door)

Live readings

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)

It’s been a little while, are you hungry?

We’re back from our summer vacation, and appease your appetites we’ve got Jarred McGinnis reading his short story, Today I Eat The World for this week’s podcast. Jarred’s work has been featured in Gold Dust, Underground Voices, Big Bridges and Liars’ League. You can follow him online at Wicked To Mock The Afflicted.

And whether you prefer an open source feed reader, a slick new portable audio player, or just to listen through your computer speakers, don’t forget to subscribe to our free weekly podcast which is available in fresh RSS or citrus iTunes flavours.

Photos from the Respect Festival

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…

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WgWg Author is the People’s Choice

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 Audience€™s Choice Award. The panellist Juliette Mitchell praised his performance on the Penguin UK website: €œWell 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.