Warwickshire writer Jenefer Heap, winner of the Good Housekeeping short story competition and author of The Woman Who Never Did and other short stories, regularly hosts a popular literary event in the centre of Warwick. The next one is on Thursday October 10th at the Warwick Arms Hotel, starting at 7.30 and a mere £3.00 a ticket. Local writers, some with established publishers, some self-published, some still scribbling on the backs of envelopes to amuse their family and friends only, will be reading from their work on a selected theme. I was invited to participate a few years ago and now try to attend each one.
This time a nod has been given to the approach of Halloween and the theme for all the poems, sketches, and short stories being read on Thursday is Words That Go BUMP in the Night. So you can expect, as Jenefer says, ‘spectres and the supernatural; witches and warlocks; dark deeds and demons.’ And, if previous events are anything to go by, at least one person standing up and doing something completely different – but very entertaining, nonetheless.
My own contribution will be sticking to the theme chosen for the evening. But, spoiler alert, because I don’t believe in the supernatural (not really, fingers crossed as I touch wood) it will be a pretend ghost – though still frighteningly real to the young couple being ‘haunted’.
Such events are great fun to take part in and good entertainment for those who just come to listen. There is a chance to sell copies of your own books, chat to other readers and writers and, being hosted in a pub, plenty of scope for a drink or two to keep the whistle suitably damp for reading aloud.
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