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The dates of the next three events are 12 July, 9 August and 13 September.
June’s writLOUD welcomed Orange Prize short-listed Monique Roffey to the RADA Foyer Bar stage. Fresh from her runner-up success, Monique read from the book that has taken her up the literary echelons – The White Woman on the Green Bicycle – giving the audience a taste of the marriage between political investigation and fictionalised family memoir that is making the novel such a hit. In a Q&A session with friend, colleague and one-time editor, Julia Bell, Monique revealed the effort, research and time that went into the novel; was candid about the sacrifices, financial and otherwise, she had to make; and showed how being Orange short-listed doesn’t help pay your mobile phone bills!
Monique was joined by Matthew Loukes, who returned to writLOUD with a reflective chapter from his crime thriller Goose Flesh. After the break, Nicole Burstein introduced us to her new young-adult novel, in which a boy struck by tragedy manages to face his school mates and the world with humour and understanding. Tracey Franklin then took us down the Walworth Road for a quick, wet trip in her poem ‘Rain All Night’. The evening was rounded off with an extract from Alice Fitzgerald Wickham’s novel On the Rocks and In the Sands, in which two spry teenage girls bemoan the world but take it on with audacity and panache.
Thanks to our audience for their generous donations to Oxfam and, as ever, to our hosts at RADA.
See you on 12 July for Michael Rosen!
Oxfam charity number: 202918