So Bookstock was last night... A great event organised by The North London Reading Group, of which I am a member of Group 3.
A great line-up of readers.
Tony Dunn - Comedian, broadcaster and self-confessed book nut Tony Dunn was compère for the night.
Nikki Dudley - (me, obviously!)author of recently published Ellipsis. Has also written a 'chapbook' called exits/origins and co-founded online magazine streetcake.
The Punk and the Princess - punk rocker Bobby Smith appeared with his God fearing, methodist Nigerian wife to tell their story One Love Two Colours: The unlikely marriage of a Punk Rocker & his African Queen.
Penny Rudge - Penny's debut novel Foolish Lessons in Life and Love was published earlier this year.
Leigh Russell - Leigh is the author of crime thrillers featuring DI Geraldine Steel. Last year's debut Cut Short was a runaway success with three reprints in under a year. Recent follow up Road Closed looks set to follow suit.
Rick Senley - Rick is a journalist, photographer and author of ironic Victorian murder mystery Moustache Man - the Deadly Whiskers.
Willesden Green Writers Group - Creative writing collective the Willesden Green Writers Group has published several award-winning anthologies. In What We Were Thinking Just Before The End, Brixton-based and Bridport Poetry Prize-shortlisted Lee Webber contibuted haikus, whilst bushy-beared and Arts Council-funded Bilal Ghafoor gave accounts of his time and travels in Pakinstan. Lily Hyde is a childen's author who has travelled around Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union for the past 10 years.
Here's a video of me reading the first chapter from Ellipsis...
It went quite well overall. I liked seeing the varied range of authors. I particularly enjoyed hearing some poetry from Lee Webber and Bilal Ghafoor's travel accounts were rather strange and interesting - not the usual stuff you hear about and also a very honest account it seemed.
I even sold a book to someone I didn't know so it was worth it just for that. I hope they enjoy it!
Anyway, great event and I hope the North London Reading Group do some more.