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October 2016

We had a great BookJam on 3rd October 2016, and have released a free audio version on Soundcloud. You can listen to it here:

Find out more about our writers:

Book cover: Kink Me Honey by Martin MillarMartin Millar was reading from his new book, Kink Me Honey ‘The earnest, erotic, dominant, submissive, cheerful, depressed, humorous and occasionally clumsy endeavours of Ark, Gina, Mig, Mistress Tardy, Glam Tilly and an assortment of masters, mistresses, doms, subs and slaves, in the world of kink centred around Sex Orbit, London’s most prominent fetish organisation.’

Find out more about Martin at and on Twitter @martinmillar1
Chrissie Gittins lives in Forest Hill. She writes poetry, short fiction and radio plays and has 13 published works. Her short story collection Between Here and Knitwear was chosen by Helen Dunmore as one of the two best short story collections of 2015 and described as ‘exceptional’ in The Sunday Times. Chrissie’s work is featured in The Poetry Archive and the British Council writers directory.

Find out more about Chrissie at and on Twitter @Armandii
Irenosen Okojie has been named by writer Ben Okri as an exciting talent to watch. In 2016, she published her short story collection Speak Gigantular and won a Betty Trask Award for her novel Butterfly Fish. Her writing has been published in literary journal Kwani?, magazine Phati’tude and newspapers The Guardian and The Observer.

Find out more about Irenosen on Twitter @IrenosenOkojie

Stevan Alcock is a writer, editor and translator. A born and raised Yorkshireman, his debut novel Blood Relatives has received widespread critical acclaim. The Guardian described it as ‘refreshing, even radical’, The Times said it is ‘written with a daring and assurance’. Blood Relatives was longlisted for the 2015 Green Carnation Prize and is currently shortlisted for the Polari First Book Prize.

Find out more about Stevan on Twitter @StevanAlcock

Replica HandbagsPatrice Lawrence was born in Brighton to Caribbean parents and now lives in London. She has been writing ever since she could. She has published works of selling the best replica handbags on equality and rights as well as short stories for adults and children.

Find out more about Patrice at and on Twitter @LawrencePatriceDavid Kessler is a writer of thrillers. In 1999 he wrote a non-fiction book defending Colin Stagg, the man falsely accused of the murder of Rachel Nickell – at a time when Stagg was a pariah, widely perceived as the man who got away with murder. In 2008, Robert Napper was convicted of the crime. The plots of Kessler’s books involve legal battles, DNA, computer hacking and police investigations and are characterised by multiple plot twists and last-minute surprises.

His new series centres around San Francisco lawyer Alex Sedaka and his paralegal, feisty lesbian Juanita Cortez, as they take on hopeless cases.

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Book cover: The Eleventh Letter by Tom TomaszewskiTom Tomaszewski grew up in south London and works as a psychotherapist specialising in addiction. His father came from a family of dissenting Polish patriots. His aunt died in Auschwitz and his grandfather was regularly prosecuted for writing an anti-Prussian column ‘Polish Fire’. The Eleventh Letter is a story about desire, ghosts and trying to change the past.

Find out more about Tom at and on Twitter @tbt_tom

Black and white portrait photograph of Dave McGowanWriter and musician Dave McGowan was born and bred in south east London. He has short stories published on the Birkbeck Writers’ Hub and in the Mechanics’ Institute Review Volume 11. He is the host of In Yer Ear – a literary evening held on the last Tuesday of every month at The King and Queen in Fitzrovia.

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Jo Clayton storytelling to a crowd of people in a forestJo Clayton is a professional storyteller who tells traditional tales from all over the world. She has performed at the Southbank Centre, Storystock Circus, Dulwich Literary Festival, schools, community venues and festivals. She is storyteller in residence at Great Ormond Street Hospital and was Practitioner in Residence at Shakespeare’s Globe. She writes original children’s fiction and short stories for adults.

Find out more about Jo at and on Twitter @Storycycler

Ian Bourn black and white publicity shot of man in Tesco uniform with black bar superimposed over his eyesIan Bourn uses fictional characters and the monologue form to speculate ‘how things might go’ in terms of an imagined or exaggerated autobiography, also exploring ideas of the author as the hero of his or her own story. With works such as Lenny’s Documentary (1978), Bourn established what Felicity Sparrow describes as ‘his own pantheon of imaginary tragi-comic characters, pitched somewhere between Tony Hancock and Harold Pinter’ (Luxonline, 2005). In his new work, Subjective Interfaces, this process of creating fictional personas seems to be both exhausted and reversed as B finds that when he is forced by circumstances to be himself and in order to maintain his dignity and humour in face of the stigma of unemployment and workfare, the persona of the artist may be all that he has left.

Where to find us: Our venue is Hootananny Brixton (95 Effra Road, London SW2 1DF) – a large pub with a performance space that can hold 600 people. It also provides cooked food. The closest tube station is Brixton (Victoria line) and buses 2, 3, 415, 432 and 196 will transport you very near to the venue.

We constantly strive to introduce new and exciting talent on the literary scene. If you’d like to read, or even to suggest someone that you think we should invite, please get in touch.