Ivy House – what a night!

The writer's table...Debi, Sophie, Sal, Helen and Andrew, pre-readings

The writer’s table…Debi, Sophie, Sal, Helen and Andrew, pre-readings

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

The crowd gathers as the band sets up...

The crowd gathers as the band sets up…

 

 

 

 

 

Another £171 will be winging its way to Shelter as a result of entry fees and book sales on the night. 

Lots of lovely dosh for Shelter

Lots of lovely dosh for Shelter

 

 

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. 

Sal and Debi

Sal and Debi

Dan (2nd from right) and the  band, mid number

Dan (2nd from right) and the band, mid number

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!

Sophie Wellstood

Sophie Wellstood

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. 

trombone poetry

trombone poetry

 

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.

Jody -Klaire

Jody -Klaire

 

Andy Szpuk on the big screen

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!

Helen Hardy

 

Katherine Hetzel

Katherine Hetzel

Andrew James

Andrew James

 

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4 thoughts on “Ivy House – what a night!

  1. Great stuff! And lovely pictures too.
    Congratulations again to all involved, particularly Debi, Sally and Dan for all their hard work and dedication. The SfH roadshow needs to tour the country! X

  2. Reblogged this on sophie wellstood and commented:
    As I haven’t blogged for a while, here’s something somebody else made earlier.
    It was a fantastic night with talent coming from all directions. The Stories for Homes team deserve huge amounts of love and respect for the hours and hours of work put into the project.

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