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Lockdown Special #3 – May 11

BookJam will be streaming to you LIVE by Zoom at 8pm on Monday 11th May, and we’ll be hearing from Andrew Leach, Barry Stewart Hunter, Rebecca Dinerstein Knight, Deserter, Ellen Alpsten, C J Schuler and ESE Music

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The writers

Andrew Leach writes novels, short stories and (occasionally) poetry. He has had work published in a number of anthologies and collections, most recently in The Mechanics’ Institute Review issue 16 (the Climate Issue), and he was also Highly Commended in the 2019 Seán O’Faoláin International Short Story Prize. Other publishing destinations include Reflex Fiction, Magma Poetry, Strix Magazine, STORGY, Ellipsis Zine and two volumes of Stories for Homes for charity Shelter. He is represented by the Watson Little agency and his novel Boom Babies is currently under submission. Another novel, Since We Are Made of Earth and Rain, nears completion.  @4ndrewJames

Born in Aden, Barry Stewart Hunter is the author of two novels and two short story collections. His third novel, a queer fable set in rural England in 1956, comes out in May 2020. As well as appearing in literary journals, his stories have been collected in anthologies and broadcast on BBC Radio 4. He lives in North London. |


Ellen Alpsten was born and raised in the Kenyan highlands, before attending L’Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris. Whilst studying for her Msc in PPE she won the Grande École short story competition with her novella Meeting Mr. Gandhi and was encouraged to continue writing. Upon graduating, she worked as a producer and presenter for Bloomberg TV in London.  She contributes to in ternational publications such as Vogue, Standpoint and Conde Nast Traveller. Tsarina is her first novel. She lives in London with her husband and three children.   @EAlpsten_Author

FishingC.J. Schüler is the author of three illustrated histories of cartography: Mapping the World, Mapping the City and Mapping the Sea and Stars and co-author of the best-selling Traveller’s Atlas. His previous book, Writers, Lovers, Soldiers, Spies: A History of the Authors’ Club of London, 1891–2016 was published in November 2016. He has also written on literature, travel, fishing, and the arts for The Independent, The Independent on Sunday, The Tablet, The Financial Times and New Statesman. He was chairman of the Authors’ Club from 2008 to 2015.

South London blog Deserter is a slacker’s alt guide to the wonky wonderland south of the river. Its authors, Dirty South and Dulwich Raider, record off-beat days out and urban adventures in pubs, cemeteries, galleries, hospitals, disabled toilets and pubs again, often in the company of their volatile dealer, Half-life, and the rather nicer Roxy. |



Rebecca Dinerstein Knight is the author of the novel and screenplay The Sunlit Night, and a collection of poems, Lofoten. Her nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, The Paris  Review, and The New Yorker online, among others. Born and raised in New York City, she lives in New Hampshire. She will be reading from her new work, Hex, a novel

@beckydinerstein /


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