We couldn’t have wished for a better venue than the Ivy House for our Words and Music Event. A crowd of 50 or so enjoyed jazz, readings, an impromptu singalong and even a bit of a boogie, all in aid of Stories for Homes!
Another £171 will be winging its way to Shelter as a result of entry fees and book sales on the night.
The wonderful Dan Maitland opened the evening with his band, before Sal Swingewood introduced the project to anyone who hadn’t heard why and how the book came into being. With her fellow editor, Debi Alper, Sal then read ‘Sparrows from a Coal Mine’ by Ian Shine; it was a bit like watching an Alas Smith and Jones sketch as the story is a dialogue between two blokes in a pub.
Sophie Wellstood gave us an extract of ‘Say Good Morning to the Stars’, leaving the audience, as is an author’s wont, on a cliffhanger!
Trombone poetry was up next – Paul Taylor also joined the house band for several numbers, so we got to enjoy the trombone for more than just his official slot! Paul’s poetry came in a variety of forms – digital, notebooked, and even from recycling the words from newspapers.
After another set from Dan and co, there was another round of readings; Katherine Hetzel with Homeland, Helen Hardy (winner of a Brit Writer’s short story award) with ‘Fathom’, and Andrew James finished off with an extract from ‘For the Boys’.
Then we got technical! Thanks to the marvels of technology, we were able to listen to Andy Szpuk’s poem, ‘The Sign Said For Sale‘ via youtube, and then Skyped with Jody-Klaire (who only the day before had been offered a series publishing deal!) to allow her to read ‘Fields of Gold’ from Wales.
The evening was rounded off with a couple of home-themed songs to join in with, and another set by the band which prompted many to get up and dance. More pictures from the evening below!