Saturday, 16 June 2012


I went to Polari at the Royal Festival Hall on Monday, hosted by Paul Burston. As always, there was an interesting mix of writers and a friendly crowd.

Alex Hopkins told us a funny story about a trip to Old Compton Street, part of a work in progress.

Kristian Johns read an excerpt from The Beginners Guide to Saving the World about a man with super powers.

Collin Kelley read an excerpt from his novel about ex-pats whose lives are connected via a bookshop. He also read two poems – one about the Virgin Mary, one about Wonderwoman - delivered in his charming Atlanta accent.

David Waller gave us a short illustrated lecture about celebrated Victorian strongman Eugen Sandow. His new book, The Perfect Man: The Muscular Life and Times of Eugen Sandow, Victorian Strongman has just been published in paperback.

Neil Bartlett performed two compelling, moving solo pieces from each of his collections of monologues, Solo Voices and the newly-released Queer Voices.

Alex Marwood read from Wicked Girls, her new novel about two girls who committed a terrible crime when they were children, and who meet again by chance when they’re adults. It has just been published in paperback and is getting brilliant reviews so it's racing up the bestseller lists.

There's an excellent write-up of the event and photos from Jon over at Give 'em the old Razzle Dazzle as well as a video of Kristian Johns reading.