Monday, 22 October 2012

The Literary Cabaret - Review

There's a lovely write-up by Caitlin McDonald for The Literary Cabaret which I hosted at Senate House on Saturday as part of the programme of literary events for The Bloomsbury Festival.

We had readings from Karen McLeod, Craig Taylor and Will Wiles.

Karen's first novel was the award-winning In Search of the Missing Eyelash. On Saturday she read two stories from her new collection, View From the Thirteenth Floor. You can read some of them on her blog here.

Craig read from Londoners: The Days and Nights of London Now. The book is a collection of fascinating interviews -  the result of five years Craig spent talking to Londoners.

You can watch a short video on the BBC of Craig talking about the book here.

Will read from his dazzling new novel Care of Wooden Floors which was chosen as a BBC R4 Book at Bedtime, shortlisted for the Anobii First Book Award and long-listed for the Desmond Elliott Prize.

You can watch a video of Will talking about the book and the writers who have inspired him here.

I read an excerpt from The Miracle Inspector and from my forthcoming murder mystery Invitation to Die, which takes place in Bloomsbury and will be published next year.

Music was from our house band, The Bloomsbury Bangers - Stephen Douse and Kate Arneil.

Thanks to everyone who came along and made it such a fun evening. And if you want to know why writers might find it useful go along to literary events like this, please read Caitlin's write-up. Plenty of good material if you sit next to the right person...


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