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Verbose

Last night I managed to make it to the live literature night Verbose and I am so glad I made it. It was a great experience, the room in Fallow Café was full and a few of us hand to stand in the back – yes, I was a little late because I was working until 7.30pm. Verbose happens on the fourth Monday of the month hosted by the lovely Sarah-Clare Conlon and presents three headliners each month, who share a link between them; this month that link was Urbane Publications and the headliners Lavinia Murray (aka FJ McQueen), James Silvester and David Gaffney.

Luckily, we arrived on time to hear David Gaffney reading from his latest novel All the Places I’ve Ever Lived, which I found very intriguing and now I can say that I am the proud owner of a signed copy, which I can not wait to start reading, as soon as I finish Another Country by James Baldwin. You can find more about the book, if you click on the title. They got me at: “All the Places I’ve ever Lived is part ghost story, part murder ballad, part crime thriller and explores the themes of outsiders and difference, with a dark edge. People say it has a Twin Peaks feel.” I’m so looking forward to read it and I will write a review here, for anyone that hasn’t made their mind up yet. Unfortunately, we couldn’t stay for James Silvester, but Lavinia was truly entertaining and got the audience in stitches during her original presentation of her debut novel Out Damned Spot. This is another title for my Summer reading list. The Prague Ultimatum, by James Silvester sounds very relevant and is one that I will try and find out more about, it is to be released in April. Watch this space! If any of my lovely readers gets around to read any of these promising novels, please let me know what you thought of them.

But Verbose is not just about high profile published writers, there are also ten three minute open mic slots and some of the ones I had the pleasure to witness last night were brilliant. Maybe next time, I’ll get to perform too; who know?! If any of my lovely friends wish to join me next month, let me know. I will inform here what are the headlights for March, when the time comes. Until then, happy readings!all-the-places

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Turning a Negative into a Positive

This book went straight to my Summer’s reading list, sounds very inspiring and I can’t resist a story of courage and positivity.

 

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