This was another evening at Writers in the Brewery that deviated a little from the norm. It started with a prize giving for the winners of the Cirencester Housing for Young People (CHYP) poetry competition http://chypthecharity.org.uk/. The winner was Phil Kirby, a fine poet who once gave a talk at Writers in the Brewery. 2nd was Ros Lee, and 3rd was Chris Paston.
After the winners read their poems, there were more readings. Jamie Glasspool read a promising extract from his first novel, followed by Guy Hunter, who has his own poetry show on Radio Winchcombe http://www.radiowinchcombe.co.uk , reading a poem about how to predict the future. I was last on before the break, with my short story, The Promised Land, a black comedy about an unfortunate murderer. People seemed to like it.
After the customary beer and chat break, during which I won a bottle of wine in the raffle (Hoorah!), Howard Timms www.howardtimms.com took the floor, with a shortened version of his one man show, In Tune with Dementia. This was about his relationship with his mother when she was in a home suffering from dementia. Although it could have been a really depressing story, Howard, acting himself and his mother, managed to make it very funny at times, while not avoiding the genuine sadness. It was cleverly done, and well presented, taking us close to tears at times, before veering towards humour, and heading off into a song - often the way he used to unlock his mother's memory, if only temporarily.
I was impressed by the way he managed to bring in all sorts of memories and family secrets, both comic and sad, leading to a number of sub plots amongst the main theme of losing a mother to a cruel disease.
He will be taking the show up to the Edinburgh festival in August edfringe.com/whats-on/theatre/in-tune-with-dementia . Having experienced it, I reckon he should do well. Good luck, Howard.
The next Writers in the Brewery events are on the last Thursday of each month, doors open 7pm for a 7:30pm start and 9:00pm finish. Price £4, which goes to the venue, New Brewery Arts (as does the bar money), so supporting the raffle which helps with the expenses of the speakers/performers. Events are organized by, creative writing teaching, Dr Rona Laycock.
- Writers in the Brewery
- After a break for the summer Writers in the Brewery returns on Thursday 26 September
- Corinium Radio
- Also coming up is the Corinium Radio broadcasts on 5/6/7 July 2013. uk.search.yahoo.com/search?fr=mcafee&p=coriniumradio
- This includes an event for local writers - WriteOutLoud which I will co-host with Lynda Dyson.
- Winners of the next Write Out Loud writing competition have the opportunity to read or have their work read during this broadcast.
Saturday 6 July 2013
15:15 (BST) – Write Out Loud
- I will be discussing my new novel Inspector Hobbes and the Blood with Linda Dyson on Corinium Radio.
Friday 5 July 2013
12:20 (BST) – with Linda Dyson
- The frequency of the station is usually 87.7fm but won't be confirmed until just before the date. It can also be listened to online through the Corinium Radio website.
For more about Writers in the Brewery see the New Brewery Arts website newbreweryarts.org.uk/courses-events-and-groups/join-a-group/writers-in-the-brewery-c-453_312_361.html
Previous relevant blogs:
Moses Wiggins at Writers in the Brewery, 30 May 2013
John Gibbons with Armorel Weston at Writers in the Brewery - 25 April 2013
Writers in the Brewery 29th March 2013 - Rob Palmer
Lesley Saunders at Writers in the Brewery – 28 February 2013