We had a wonderful evening giving Stories for Homes 2 its official launch at the Bookseller Crow on the Hill in Crystal Palace. We were delighted to welcome Laura Wilcox and Talia Pobischan from Shelter, who expressed how much our support means to the charity and its work. The anthologies’ editors Debi Alper and Sally Swingewood hosted an evening of readings, music and celebration of the Stories for Homes community.
Amanda Berriman kicked off the evening with a reading from A Home Without Moles, her story that opened the original Stories for Homes anthology. That story has became the novel Home, due to be published in February 2018.
We had further readings from Sophie Wellstood, Silvana Maimone, Caroline Hardman, Angelita Bradney, Andy Leach and Rachael Dunlop. Ted Bonham closed the evening with his touching and tender opener for Stories for Homes 2, The Life This Is.
Several authors – and supporters not included in the anthology – made long journeys to be with us on the evening. We appreciate every ounce of support, and must also mention the generosity of Jon, Justine and Karen of the Bookseller Crow on the Hill in hosting the event and allowing a bunch of rowdy writers to drink wine in their beautiful bookshop!
A highlight of the evening was a musical performance led by Dan Maitland and featuring Amanda Berriman, John Taylor, Cherry Park and Debi Alper on vocals. Their rendition of Neil Young’s Only Love Can Break Your Heart struck a real emotional chord (pun not intended!). You can see an excerpt below.
Our next event will be on 8th January at the Alexandra Pub in Wimbledon – check our Events page for updated details. And we have something really special planned for the New Year – keep following us here and on Twitter and Facebook for all the latest news. We love updates from all our readers and supporters.