Five Little Pinkies, a genuine cliff-hanger read by Steve Atkinson.
And yes, fingers are lost.
A breathless, mysterious build up from Sarah Evans in her reading from The
Chose. You'll have to buy the book to find out what she was building up to.
Falling From the Sky is a black comedy from Shirley
Golden. Her excerpt left us under no illusions about the difficulties and dangers in the dare-devil games of her teenage story characters, nor of the pain that the games are hiding.
How to Impersonate a UFO: a terrifying story from Trevor
Hopkins. The narrator claims this story is gleaned from the memoirs of his retired, RAF pilot father...
...I have interrogated Trevor several times and, although he has admitted that his father WAS an RAF pilot, he just won't tell me how much of the actual story is true. If all of it is, then the men in black are after Trevor and we're really lucky they didn't turn up at the launch.
The Fire in her Belly: Adam E Smith really should consider becoming an actor. The passage he
read was a conversation between a pregnant young woman and a bumptious Kenyan bishop. It's always a hard choice at readings - to do the voice or not to do the voice. Adam chose to do them and I was quite surprised, when I saw the photos, to see just Adam standing there reading.
The last reading of the day was Internet Explorer by Janet H
Swinney, a story about the hilarious and heart-breaking goings on in an adult education
...and those are just six of the 23 precipitous stories in the
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The venue and the event
Hearty thanks from Earlyworks Press to all the readers, and to the
Calder Bookshop and Theatre
for hosting the launch, and to all the authors who contributed to this excellent book.
courtesy of Mayuko Ono and Bruce Badger
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