The last few months have been pretty busy, as my pamphlet Lost Lands went to print (February) and returned in book form (March) in time for the Crystal Pamphlets book launch at the Cultural Exchanges festival in Leicester. It was a brilliant night, with all six of the writers published by Crystal Clear Creators – Roy Marshall, Charles G Lauder Jr, Aly Stoneman, Jessica Mayhew, Hannah Stevens, Andrew “Mulletproof” Graves – reading at the event. We were introduced by our mentors (David Belbin, Maria Taylor, Mark Goodwin and Deborah Tyler-Bennett). It was great to finally meet the other five writers and hear them read their work. There was also some excellent Open Mic – with the lovely Jayne Stanton reading, along with several others.
Since then, I’ve taken part in a couple of other events – States of Independence and Shindig! – also both in Leicester. SOI was a brilliant event as always, and after the Crystal Clear reading I spent a happy afternoon browsing around the stalls and chatting. Shindig! (run by Nine Arches Press) was also a brilliant event, taking place in a ‘real’ pub(!) with a friendly atmosphere, a good audience turnout, and reasonably priced ale! I particularly enjoyed hearing Jonathan Davidson read as I have not heard him before – I especially liked his humorous poem about his wife attributing the genetic origins their children’s better personal qualities to herself and their worse personal traits to him!
I’m reading at several events in Nottingham, Lincoln and Herefordshire in the next few months, including our Nottingham launch party on Friday May 11th from 7pm-late at City Gallery.