Tales of the City – Readings About London


Tales of the City

an evening of readings about London

Working Men’s College Library
44 Crowndale Road London NW1 1TR
Nearest tubes Camden, Mornington Crescent
Wednesday 6 February 2013 @ 7.00pm
To reserve a seat please email: lucyjpop@gmail.com

Ros Barber (www.rosbarber.com) is the author of highly acclaimed verse novel The Marlowe Papers (Sceptre, 2012), a joint winner of the Hoffman prize and chosen by Benjamin Zephaniah for The Observer Books of the Year 2012. Her three collections of poetry include Material (Anvil, 2008), a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. An engaging performer, her work has been featured on Radio 4’s Saturday Review and Poetry Please, Radio 3’s The Verb, and Meridian TV’s arts programme The Frame.   APOLOGIES: Ros will no longer be appearing due to a fractured coccyx. 

Chris Chalmers went freelance from his job as an advertising copywriter ten years ago to write novels. Five To One, was the 2011 winner of the debut novel competition run by digital independent, Wink Publishing, and is available on Amazon as an ebook. It has been described as “A poignant study of genuine love in our big and fantastically diverse city.” He was recently signed to Raimondi & Campbell.

Sheila Hayman is a writer & film maker. Awarded the BAFTA/Fulbright Fellowship in 1990, she was sent to Los Angeles where she conceived and designed a pioneering website for Sony, was official necrologist of the Oscars, designed musical computer interfaces with Peter Gabriel, and made more documentaries. Her novel, Mrs Normal Saves the World, was published in 2008 www.mrsnormal.com. Sheila runs ‘Write to Life’, the therapeutic creative writing programme of Freedom from Torture. In 2010 her film, Mendelssohn, the Nazis and Me, was nominated for the Grierson Documentary Award for Arts. She is currently producing and directing iPad apps & other digital media.

John McCullough’s first collection of poems The Frost Fairs (Salt) won the Polari First Book Prize for 2012. It was also a summer read in The Observer and was named an overall Book of the Year by both The Independent and The Poetry School. He shifts between characters in nineteenth century London and the present. He teaches creative writing on the MA programme at the University of Sussex.

Roma Tearne is a Sri Lankan born novelist and film maker. She left Sri Lanka with her family, at the start of the civil unrest during the 1960s. She trained as a painter & filmmaker at the Ruskin School of Fine Art, Oxford and then was Leverhulme artist in residence at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. Her third novel, Brixton Beach, was published to great acclaim in 2009. Her most recent novel, The Road To Urbino was published by Little Brown in June 2012. She has been short-listed for the Costa, the Kirimaya and LA Times book prize and long-listed for the Orange Prize in 2011. She lives and works in Oxford.


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