Oh, what a night! I feel so privileged to be included in this event, and working with some of Portsmouth’s greatest talent. It was an evening of laughs, thrills, scares and toe-tapping music and I loved it all.
This year’s line-up was incredible, poets Maggie Sawkins, Sue Spiers and Lord Byro gave a fantastic look into the macabre. The thoughts of a night porter were particularly illuminating and will certainly make me think before arriving at a hotel after check in. We had stories from Tony Noon, Jacqui Pack, James Bicheno and Justin MacCormack. Which included a deal made with a demon for the secret of writing success. A gothic mix from Alan Morris added to the atmosphere of the evening.
The square tower shivered to the rhythm of songs performed by Philip Jeays, Jamie West, Gareth Rees and his friend.
Christine Lawrence buried a cat on stage, while Tom Harris cleaned up the blood. There were more stories from V H Leslie, Diana Bretherick and the evening ended when Matt Wingett turned a gun on the audience.
Best of all my husband found my perfect Christmas present from Headcase Curios.
Sunday also marked the book launch of The Day of the Dead anthology; copies can be found for Blackwells.
If you are interested in Day of the Dead, why not check out their Facebook page?
Don’t forget there is more fun next week, Sunday 6th of November, 6:30 at the Square Tower, you can see the Dark Songs. https://www.wegottickets.com/event/375811
A couple of plugs for my mates, the remarkable playwright Zella Compton latest play Genghis – The Truth is on at the New Theatre Royal on Saturday 5th November, 7.30 pm.
There is a Dark Victorian event at Blackwells on Wednesday 9th November. A panel of novelists and academics talk about the dark side of Victorian life. Local author Diana Bretherick will launch her latest novel, The Devil’s Daughters. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dark-victorians-panel-discussion-and-book-launch-tickets-28548403042?aff=es2
Matt Wingett, who gave a successful talk at my writing group earlier in the year, will be giving a lecture about the creator of Sherlock Holmes and his relationship with spiritualism. That’s at Portsmouth Temple of Spiritualism, Southsea, PO5 2BU on Friday 11th November. http://www.mattwingett.com/conan-doyle-and-his-belief-in-ghosts-a-talk/
Dr Karl Bell and Diana Bretherick will be giving a public talk on how the Victorian media created two Jacks, the demonic Spring-heeled Jack, and the infamous serial killer, Jack the Ripper. Wednesday 16th November, 7.00 pm Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/making-urban-monsters-spring-heeled-jack-and-jack-the-ripper-tickets-28512409384
The Portsmouth Writers Hub is running a workshop based on an authors’ roundtable discussion about the character of the ‘femme fatale’. Feel free to dress up for the occasion.
Featuring Diana Bretherick, Steph Broadribb aka Crime Thriller Girl, Cal Moriarty. VH Leslie and Carolyn Hughes. Thursday 24th November, 6.30 -8.30 pm Eldon building Uni of P’mouth Winston Churchill Ave PO1 2DJ.
Don’t forget The Writers at Lovedean are producing some work at Dark or Darker Shivering or Not! Coastguard Studio, 91 Clarendon Road, Southsea, PO4 0SA Saturday 26th November, 7 pm -1 am. It will be a fabulous evening of audio-visual performance, installations, live artists and theatre makers, all exploring the DarkFest themes. Hosted by 1000 Plateaus. one000plateaus.com/darkordarker/
I intend to end November at a book launch I am included in! The launch of Dark City, an anthology of scary Portsmouth stories by local authors. Wednesday 30th November, Hunter Gatherer Café, Albert Road, PO4 0JR. 7 – 9 pm
It’s been an exhausting week. So today, I was glad that I invited Zella Compton to run a scriptwriting course at The Writers at Lovedean. How marvellous to be able to sit back and enjoy the workshop?
Zella is a children’s book author, newspaper columnist and has just sold a play Girl in the Hood, to an educational publishers. Her play Five Beaches has just finished its run in Southwick after nearly a year-long tour, which I think is quite an achievement. So, I was delighted she agreed to come along to the group to give us some writing tips.
I’ve been fortunate enough to work with Zella in a couple of literary festivals, and not only is she a talented writer, but she’s good fun to be around. Today was no exception, Zella had made a list of deaths listed on gravestones. She then numbered them. We picked a number and found a death to write about. Mine was ‘lashed to the mast of ship.’ It was an excellent starting point for a monologue pieces. Other exercises helped us to hone our opening lines. We even manage to write and perform a few short pieces.
It was hard work, and definitely forced most of us to write outside our comfort zones. But best of all, good fun was had by all.
Zella’s book, Ten Rule about Skimming can be found here:
Girl from the Hood
Script Writing Course
Zella Compton, author, scriptwriter and newspaper columnist will be providing a Script Writing Workshop at The Writers at Lovedean. Zella was also Havant’s Literary Festival’s Writer in residence. Recently, she’s had several plays published including Girl in the Hood. Why not check out Zella’s website to see all the exciting things she’s been up to?
Girl in the Hood can be found at Resources 4 Drama http://www.resources4drama.co.uk
Date: 27th November 2015
10 am until 12:30
Lovedean Village Hall (Between Tesco Express and The Bird ‘th Hand Pub on Lovedean Lane)
160, Lovedean Lane
Sessions cost £4.50
I first met Zella during a workshop in 2012 and her performance really stood out from the crowd. Since then I’ve been privileged enough to perform alongside her at a few festivals such as The Day of the Dead, and The Alver Arts Festival: Gosport Ever After. I’m a great fan of her work, my kids loved The Ten Rules about Skimming, an exciting, action-packed adventure that mixes science fiction, horror, mystery and intrigue.
I actually can’t wait for this workshop! I’m so exciting.