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Review: Word Soup @ New Continental

Posted on - 23rd May, 2009 - 3:44pm | Author - | Posted in - Events

This is a guest post by Mel Webster. She is studying at the University of Central Lancashire and blogs at What do you do in Preston? If you’d like to write a guest post for Preston Blog see how you can get involved.

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Dave Hartley, who is attempting to write a short story every week of the year, reads at Wordsoup

Dave Hartley, who is attempting to write a short story every week of the year, reads at Wordsoup

The second Word Soup event was held at the New Continental on Tuesday 19th May 2009 and for those of you unfortunate enough to have been elsewhere, here’s a roundup of the night…

Dave Hartley who is currently attempting the mammoth feat of writing a short story a week for a year, read a new story especially for us on the theme of the night which was skin.

Special mention has to go to Preston Writing Network contributor and my personal highlight of the night, Richard Hirst, who read a post modern letter to an imaginary giant millipede. I could write that it was very funny (which obviously I just have) but it’s a bit of a beige thing to write and doesn’t do justice to Mr Hirst or his giant millipede.

After a break and music from Mr and Mrs (more of them later) Manchester writer, Annie Clarkson, read some powerful poetry from her collection, Winter Hands.

Andrew Hurley won the “most tenuous link to the theme” prize for the night with a passing reference to dinosaurs in his reading from his collection, The Unusual Death of Julie Christie. The passage described the dynamic between a couple at the start of their relationship and his new girlfriend’s growing bond with his son. Andrew is a confident public reader and I think he made a great impression at the event.
And finally was Emma Lannie who came all the way from Derby and read Proxy.
Then just before the drinking, socialising and general after show scandal which I can not possibly tell you about here there was more music from the rather talented and rather more intense, Mr and Mrs. Think Bright Eyes but with a small plastic keyboard that you play like a recorder.

The next event is on the 23rd of June and is going to be a poetry slam.

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