Ren, Kay and Carmel all have news …

It’s not every month that all three of my tripartite writing elements have good news to share, so forgive me if I sound a bit full of myself.

Starting with Ren Holton, who has a story in Robots Beyond published by Permuted Press. Ren had a great time working with Lane Adamson, the editor of this particular anthology – it’s not often that any of the three of us get asked to ‘ramp it up’ and I don’t think anybody has ever asked Ren to get ‘more graphic’ before, so props to Lane for taking the world of machine intelligence (and machine libido!) as far as it can go.

Then Kay, who’s proud to be introducing other writers to the public next weekend. The Book and The Rose is a new event, taking place in the square outside Jubilee Library in Brighton on 26 April – obviously enough, there will be stalls selling books and stalls selling flowers, and two of the writing groups I facilitated last year have been invited to read ultra-short stories and poems on the themes of Dragons, England, St George, Books and Roses. And as the facilitator, it’s going to be Kay’s great pleasure to share the literary talents of some of the writing group members with the general public. We kick off at 12:45 but the event runs 11:00-17:00 so come along and have fun.

And finally Carmel Lockyer, who is wriggling into a genuine 1940s crepe de chine dress and heels (not genuine, sadly) to read at the 'Club Smooch meets Tight Lip'. Yes, it’s erotica and once again, it’s aid of the Macmillan Cancer Trust. There are some fantastic giveaway prizes from Ollie and Nic and Zilli's brasserie, and cocktails at my favourite Brighton haunt, Hotel Pelirocco (try the Nipple Clamp, it’s a party-creating drink) as well as a line-up of great erotica readers: Emily Dubberly, Maxim Jakubowski, Kristina Lloyd and yrs truly, alongside a pouting, pulsating, scintillating group of burlesque performers. All this for £15, one-third of which is going directly to the charity. Friday 1 May at Komedia, Brighton. Go on, you know you want to be there …

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