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Writers on Friday at Hendon Public Library

4 November 2011

Writers on Friday at Hendon Public Library (4pm)

Fri 4 Nov (Week 4): Sophie Mayer. Sophie Mayer is a poet with three solo collections including The Private Parts of Girls, out this year. In addition she has had poems included in The Pocket Spellbook, Infinite Difference and other anthologies and magazines.

Friday 11 November (week 5):Catja Pafort. Catja Pafort gets paid to read books. In return, she wields the editor’s red pencil and helps writers to communicate more efficiently. She has a Master’s Degree in History/Geography and strong academic interests in the History of Cartography and all things landscape, including their virtual archaeology. She writes Fantasy, attends conventions when she can, and enjoys writerly discourse. Her other interests include classical dressage, classical music, digital photography and Apple Macs. She currently lives in Oxfordshire with too many computers and an almost equal number of acers.

Friday 18 November (week 6): Nicholas McInerny– need guest host Nicholas McInerny is a dramatist and teacher who lives just outside Oxford. He has written 35 episodes of TV series, over 30 radio plays, and had plays produced at the Soho Theatre, The Orange Tree, Croydon Warehouse and The ICA, amongst others. He was the Creative Arts Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford – and has taught extensively throughout the UK. He currently chairs SCRIPT – the West Midlands Agency for New Dramatic Writing.

Fri 25 Nov – week 7 –  Roz Kaveney. Roz Kaveney is perhaps best known for her critical works about pop culture. Her review of Little, Big was appended to the 2002 Harper Perennial reprint of the novel. Kaveney is a regular contributor to The Independent and Times Literary Supplement. She appeared as one of the numerous commentators in the BBC television documentary (May 2008) about the idea of parallel worlds as used in science fiction. She is also a founding member of Feminists Against Censorship; a former deputy chair of Liberty; and a transgender rights activist . She was included in this year’s Independent Pink List.

Fri 2 Dec (Week 8) : Lorna Gibbs. Lorna is from Lanarkshire in Scotland and worked as a professional dancer when she left school. She always enjoyed writing and won a couple of short story prizes and had a play performed by the Scottish Society of Playwrights when she was much younger. Her first popular non fiction book Lady Hester was published by Faber and Faber and she is now working on a book about the writer and journalist Rebecca West for Pan Macmillan. Since 2005 she and her husband have lived in four different countries and are now happy to be settled back in London with their two cats, both rescued from the Middle East. She is a Visiting Fellow in History at Essex University and teaches Linguistics in the Media department at Middlesex.

Fri 9 Dec (Week 9): Shaun Levin. Shaun Levin is a South African writer and the author of Seven Sweet Things and A Year of Two Summers. His more recent books include Snapshots of The Boy and Trees at a Sanatorium. His work explores issues of identity, immigration, home and family, and is set mainly in London, Israel, and South Africa. He has been a Hawthornden Fellow, as well as writer-in-residence in a theatre, a bookshop and on the island of Tasmania. He edits the literary journal, Chroma, and teaches creative writing on the Complete Creative Writing Course.

Fri 16 Dec (Week 10): SF Said. SF Said’s first novel, Varjak Paw (2003), tells the story of a Mesopotamian Blue cat called Varjak who leaves his sheltered upbringing to explore the city and learn the ‘Seven Skills of the Way’, taught to him in dreams by his ancestor Jalal. In his dreams, Varjak finds himself transported from his gritty urban surroundings to the deserts, rivers and mountains of Mesopotamia (ancient Iraq). With the Skills, he is able to fight the Gentleman and, in The Outlaw Varjak Paw (2005), the domineering ‘white cat with one eye,’ Sally Bones, who is invading other cats’ territory and ruling over it with torture and terror. Varjak Paw won the Gold Medal in the 2003 Nestlé Smarties Book Prize, and The Outlaw Varjak Paw won the 2007 Blue Peter Book of the Year Award. Varjak was staged as a play by Playbox Theatre, and was performed as an opera by The Opera Group in 2008.

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