An enjoyable evening in March at Writers in the Brewery with Chris Keil who is working on his 4th novel in 20 years! It is about Russian oligarchs in London. However, he mostly talked about his third novel, Flirting at the Funeral (Cillian Press Limited). It sounded very interesting, featuring love, sex, money and power during the Portuguese revolution of 1974-75. He read an extract, where the heroine was in a jazz club, which showed what an amazing talent he has for getting across a sense of atmosphere.
The first part of his talk was quite formal and scripted, but during the second half, he had us laughing and thoroughly engaged in an enjoyable discussion of writing, its pleasures and its pitfalls. I’m not sure how relevant my input was, but I had a memory of the Eurovision Song Contest during the Portuguese Revolution, when the Portuguese singer was in uniform, with a pistol on his hip. According to Chris, that was 1974, the year Abba won with Waterloo!
Writers in the Brewery
For more about Writers in the Brewery see the New Brewery Arts website http://www.newbreweryarts.org.uk/making-a-visit/writers-in-the-brewery
Writers in the Brewery events are held in the Theatre of New Brewery Arts (next to WH Smiths) 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 (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.
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Kevan Manwaring (http://www.kevanmanwaring.co.uk/about-kevan.html ) on 29 May 2014.